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BBQ Root Beer Can Chicken

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This BBQ Root Beer Can Chicken was quite the fun experiment and super yummy!

I’ve made my fair share of beer can chickens, all of them delicious of course.

It starts the same way that regular beer can chickens do…seasoning a whole chicken that’s been pat dry.

Store bought BBQ seasoning is what I used.

By all means, use whatever BBQ seasoning you love.

Whether it’s store bought, or homemade.

BBQ seasoning for chicken

How to make BBQ Root Beer Can Chicken

Sprinkle all sides, and even get some between the chicken skin and chicken breast.

I even season the cavity of the chicken as well.

BBQ seasoned chicken

I have one of these wire racks that holds the can and chicken in place while cooking.

We absolutely LOVE it and use it often.

Click below to get one from Amazon

Open up the can of root beer and pour 5 ounces of it into a container with a cup of BBQ sauce.

Mix until evenly combined and set the sauce aside.

Then put the can in the wire rack and position the chicken right over the can of root beer.

Next stop is the smoker (or oven).

For the smoker, set it to 250 degrees and it will smoke for about 4 hours.

For the oven make sure you leave it in a foil pan to catch the drippings and set the rack to the lowest level.

It will bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes in a 375 degree oven.

beer can chicken before cooking

Brush the chicken a few times with the root beer BBQ sauce and it creates a gorgeous sticky glaze.

root beer BBQ sauce
brushing chicken with BBQ sauce

Serve BBQ Root Beer Can Chicken with the remaining BBQ sauce on the side for dipping.

Enjoy!

BBQ Root Beer Can Chicken
BBQ Root Beer Can Chicken

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BBQ Root Beer Can Chicken

BBQ Root Beer Can Chicken is similar to beer can chicken, only using root beer…a BBQ seasoning and root beer BBQ sauce make it extra yummy!

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword BBQ, Beer Can Chicken, Root Beer, Smoked Chicken, Smoker Recipes, Traeger
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Servings 4
Calories 435 kcal
Author Cheri Renee

Ingredients

  • 1 whole chicken (5 to 6 pounds)
  • 3-4 Tbsps BBQ seasoning
  • 1 12 oz can root beer
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce

Instructions

  1. Pat the chicken dry with paper towels. Rub the BBQ seasoning on all sides of the chicken, including under the skin between the chicken breast (gently separate the skin and sprinkle the seasoning between skin and breast).

  2. Open the root beer and pour 5 ounces of the root beer into a bowl with the BBQ sauce, mix until evenly combined. Put the root beer can on a tray (or foil pan if baking in the oven) and sit the chicken cavity over the can, adjust the chicken so it is sitting upright on the can.

  3. In the smoker: Set the smoker to 250 degrees, gently take the chicken and root beer can off of the tray and place on the smoker for approx 4 hours, depending on size of chicken. Internal temp should be 170 degrees. Brush with the root beer BBQ sauce a few times throughout.

    In the oven: Move the oven rack to a lower level. Place the foil pan with the chicken in a 375 degree oven for approx 1 hour and 15 minutes. Internal temp should be 170 degrees. Brush with the BBQ sauce a few times throughout.

  4. Serve with the remaining root beer BBQ sauce on the side for dipping.

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