Smoked Beer Can Chicken

Course Dinner
Cuisine BBQ
Keyword Beer Can Chicken, Smoker, Traeger
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 59 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 4 minutes


  • 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


  1. Remove the giblets and pat the chicken dry with a paper towels.

  2. Coat the entire chicken with softened butter.

  3. Apply almost all of the dry rub to chicken. Reserve about a tsp to add to the beer.

  4. Open a can of beer and poor about 1/2 a cup into a glass. Poor the remaining dry rub into the beer.

  5. 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. 

  6. 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. 

  7. 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.

  8. Remove from the grill and let rest for about ten minutes.