This buttery Smoked Beer Can Chicken is one of the most delicious things that has come off my Traeger yet! The crunchy, buttery skin is seriously good.
I like buying my chicken at Costco because they come two to a pack and I like having plenty of chicken leftover for the next day to make chicken tacos or throw on top of nachos.
For this Smoked Beer Can Chicken I decided to try a rub from Meat Church. I smothered these Smoked Beer Can Chickens with The Gospel all purpose rub from Meat Church. I’m sure glad I did because they were delicious.
I used a Beer from a local brewery called Firestone Walker. The beer is called 805. The 805 is an American Blonde Ale. The 805 doesn’t have a hoppy or bitter flavor, its more creamy and malt. I feel like a malty beer gives the chicken a better flavor.
Smoked Beer Can Chicken
- 1-2 5-6 lbs. whole chicken
- 4 tbsp butter per chicken
- 1 can beer per chicken
- 3 tbsp your favorite chicken dry rub per chicken
Remove the giblets and pat the chicken dry with a paper towels.
Coat the entire chicken with softened butter.
Apply almost all of the dry rub to chicken. Reserve about a tsp to add to the beer.
Open a can of beer and poor about 1/2 a cup into a glass. Poor the remaining dry rub into the beer.
Hold the chicken above the can of beer and slide the chicken over the can. Place on a cookie sheet and let set for about 20 minutes.
Start your smoker. I use a Traeger so I set to the smoke setting and allow the fire to start for about five minutes. Set your smoker to 350 degrees and preheat, lid closed for about ten minutes.
Place the chicken in the smoker and cook for about 60 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees in the thickest part of the breast.
Remove from the grill and let rest for about ten minutes.