BBQ Beer Can Chicken
Servings Prep Time
6-8people 15minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
2.5hours 10minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8people 15minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
2.5hours 10minutes
Chipotle Spice Mix
  • 1tbsp kosher salt
  • 1 1/2tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 2-3tbsp chipotle powder based on preference
  • 2tbsp paprika
  • 2tsp onion powder
  • 2tsp garlic powder
  • 1tbsp dried thyme
Chickens and Sauce!
  • 23-4 lbs whole chickens
  • 2cups your favorite barbecue saucemore or less based on preference
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  1. Preheat the smoker or grill to between 225-275 degrees and prepare to cook the chicken on indirect heat.
  2. Mix up all of the ingredients for the spice mix and store in an airtight jar like a Mason jar. You will have extra – trust me, this is a good thing.
  3. Remove the neck and giblets and pat the chicken dry with a paper towel. Tuck the wings back under the chicken if you prefer. (Totally forgot to do this when I made the chicken in the photo!)
  4. Brush chickens with olive oil and sprinkle liberally with Chipotle Spice Mix.
  5. If you are using an upright rack like the one pictured above, insert the beer can in the rack and the rack into the chicken. If you are not using a rack insert the can into the chicken with the legs forward in front of the can to balance the chicken. The can should have extra holes punched in the top with a bottle opener and only be half full of beer. (If you are not a beer drinker, you can use the rack but inject the chicken with apple juice for great flavor!)
  6. Place the chicken on the grill and close the grill cover while cooking. You will cook until the chicken reaches 160 degrees in the breast area and 175 degrees in the thigh area. Depending on the size of your chicken, that will take about 2-3 hours. The juices will run clear when the chicken is done.
  7. Let the chicken rest for 10 minutes before carving. Be careful when removing the can from the chicken because it will be hot and full of liquid!