Smoked Beer Can Chicken
The Best Ever Chicken Recipe?
Smoked beer can chicken is one of the two basic methods for cooking beer can chicken; smoked in a
barbecue smoker and grilled using indirect
grilling in a covered barbecue grill.
The recipe below is for smoked beer can chicken; specifically in a water smoker
such as the Weber
If you've a hooded barbeque, here's a version for grilled
beer can chicken.
- 12 ounce can of beer
- 1 chicken, about 3 1/2 pounds
- 2 teaspoons of vegetable oil
- 2 tablespoons of barbecue rub
- Set-up your barbecue smoker.
- Remove the giblets from chicken and trim off any excess skin and fat.
- Rinse the chicken well under cold water, inside and out. Then pat
- Brush the oil all over the outside of the chicken.
Then sprinkle with 1 1/2 tablespoons of the rub.
- Punch another three of four holes in the top
of the can and pour the remaining 1/2 teaspoon of rub into the beer.
- Hold the chicken upright, with the opening of
the body cavity at the bottom, and lower it onto the beer can. Effectively
stuffing the chicken with the beer can.
- Pull the chicken legs forward so it stands upright.
Using the chickens legs and the beer can to form a stable tripod.
Cooking Method Using A Water Smoker
The instructions below assume that you’re using a charcoal water smoker.
I’ve assumed that you have the charcoal at the correct temperature, you
have your wood chips or chunks on the charcoal and the water pan is in
place, with water and some of the beer in it.
If you’re using an electric water smoker, follow the user instruction
that came with the smoker to get it prepared for smoking.
- Carefully stand the chicken on a cooking grid
in the smoker. Use the legs and the beer can to act as a tripod.
- Put on the smoker lid and let the beer can chicken
smoke for about 2 hours. Don’t worry if you let it go a bit longer.
So long as there’s water in the water pan it’s going to be OK. When
I make beer can chicken I often leave them in my water smoker for up
to 5 hours. The result is succulent, fall apart chicken.
- When cooked and ready to eat, carefully take
your smoked beer can chicken out of the smoker. I find the best way is to use a large,
clean cloth or oven gloves. Take care as the beer can will still have
about half the beer and drippings from the chicken in it, and it will
be very hot.
- Put the chicken on a board and let it rest for
5 to 10 minutes.
- Carefully remove the beer can from the chicken.
Discard the can and carve the chicken
Balancing the chicken can be a bit tricky in that you use the legs of
the chicken and the beer can itself to act as a sort of tripod.
Sometimes the chicken can tip over. For that reason I would recommend
that you use a beer
can chicken roaster.
Smoked Beer Can Chicken related Pages:
Beer Can Chicken
Beer Can Chicken
Beer Can Chicken Roaster