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Beer Can Barbecue Chicken

by Ben Shute 02 Apr 2020 0 Comments
Beer Can Chicken

[Beer can chicken is one of our favourite ways to cook a whole bird. There’s varying opinions on how well it works, but we’ve always found it to keep the chicken moist and flavourful, and most importantly, evenly cooked.

We recommend using a bullet smoker for this, where you can lower the grill down in the drum and give plenty of clearance for the lid.

We also use a beer like Sapporo, as the shape of the can is good for propping up the chicken.


Beer Can Chicken Method

  1. Beer Can Chicken UprightPrepare the smoker by adding a chimney of lit lump to a bed of unlit. Aim for a temperature of 350F
  2. Trim any excess fat from around the chicken cavity
  3. Loosen the skin from the breast by sliding your fingers under the skin
  4. Cut a few discs of butter and slide under the skin
  5. Season with a base of Garlic rub and a generous covering of Moonshine BBQ Chicken rub
  6. Empty 1/3 of the beer out of the can (and drink it if you like….), and add a few sprigs of rosemary, sliced garlic and lemon quarter to the can
  7. Drop your cooking grate to the lowest it can go in the smoker, and add a roasting tray to stabilise the can on the grate, and stand the can upright in the middle.
  8. Stand the chicken upright on the can and close the lid
  9. Check the chicken at 45 minutes for colour and begin basting with melted butter
  10. Begin checking for temperature. Chicken is cooked at 165F internal temp. Check the breast temp, and the thigh at the thickest part of the meat
  11. Remove the chicken and from the smoker by using heat proof gloves or a tea towel. Carefully remove the can from the cavity and discard.
  12. Slice and serve the chicken
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