|Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 18g||23%|
|Saturated Fat 5g||25%|
|Total Carbohydrate 6g||2%|
|Dietary Fiber 1g||4%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
This smoked version of the classic beer can chicken recipe takes the temperature down so that the beer won't boil. The advantage is that the light steam will marinate and moisten the chicken while it slow roasts to perfection in a smoky environment to further impart flavor.
After a little prep, you'll just need to check the chicken periodically to make sure the smoker is at the right temperature and that the chicken doesn't overcook. It's a fun dish to make on a lazy Saturday. The rub adds savory flavor, the smoker adds a delicious smokiness, and the beer can mixture, which includes apple cider vinegar, onion, and garlic, infuses the meat with yet another layer of flavor.
Gather the ingredients. Preheat a smoker to 225 to 250 F.
Combine the chili powder, salt, and onion powder and then rub all over the chicken.
Open the beer and pour out (or better yet, drink) half of the can. Use a can opener to cut off the top of the beer can. Add the chopped onion, vinegar, and garlic to the beer can.
When the smoker is ready, place the beer in the middle of the rack.
Carefully place the chicken over the beer standing up. You might need to get a little creative to make it stand up properly. Make sure the beer can is almost completely covered by the chicken.
Smoke the beer can chicken for about 3 to 4 hours, or until the internal temperature of both the thigh and breast reach between 165 and 170 F.
Once cooked, remove from the heat and place onto a cutting board. Loosely tent the chicken with aluminum foil and let rest for 7 to 10 minutes before carving.
- The best beers for beer can chicken are not hoppy, sour, or too dark. A lager is always a good choice, as are other malty and German-style beers. Try a smoked beer for a boost of flavor.
- It's easy to double or triple this recipe if a few chickens will fit in your smoker.
- If you're looking for a different type of flavor for your beer can chicken, try using wine, soda, or broth in place of the beer. We do recommend still using a metal can (canned wine is now readily available), as that will hold up to the heat that is given off from the grill.