Beer Can Chicken Recipe – Cheap and Easy Dinner Idea


Beer Can Chicken Recipe

Beer Can Chicken , is a super easy and inexpensive meal. It’s a great recipe that can be cooked in the oven, on the grill or in the smoker. This beer can chicken recipe would taste great with some potatoes, rice or veggies to make a complete meal. The chicken comes out so tender and juicy. And since you are using the beer to keep moisture inside the chicken. The chicken is not dry at all. So much better than those rotisserie chickens that sit under the heat lamps all day at the grocery stores.

Cost and Preparation

We purchased the whole chickens in the meat department at our local grocery store for about $5 each. If you added 2 packets of dried potato mix and 2 packets of gravy it’s less than $10 for a meal that will feed a family of 4!┬áThe prep time to make this beer can chicken recipe is practically nothing at 5-10 min. Cook it for 60 minutes and bam you’re done. Side note: I made a rub for my chicken, which you can find here. Or you can use a store pre-made rub such as a poultry seasoning, Mrs. Dash is a favorite or grill mates has a good chicken seasoning as well. If you don’t like any of those options you can add whatever seasonings or spices you want to your chicken. The possibilities are endless.

Concluding Thoughts

I cooked this recipe in my Traeger Smoker/Pellet Grill. If you haven’t used a pellet grill, Wow they are amazing! We love to use our smoker. We use it all the time for many different types of foods. Making this beer can chicken recipe was a first for us. Why we hadn’t tried it sooner, I have no idea. And with only 3 ingredients, how can you possibly go wrong!



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Beer Can Chicken
Quick, Easy and Inexpensive Beer Can Chicken Recipe.
Prep Time 5-10 minutes
Cook Time 60 minutes
Prep Time 5-10 minutes
Cook Time 60 minutes
  1. Combine all ingredients for the spice rub. Set aside. *Make sure the chicken is thawed if it was purchased frozen*
  2. Remove chicken from packaging.
  3. Pull out all the giblets from the inside of the chicken.
  4. With a paper towel pat the excess juice and moisture from the outside of the chicken.
  5. Rub a generous amount of rub all over the chicken as well as the inside.
  6. Pour about 1/3 of the can of beer out. (or drink it if you prefer!)
  7. Insert open end of the can into the chicken. The chicken cooks upright.
  8. Preheat oven or smoker to 425 degrees.
  9. Place chicken upright in desired method of cooking.
  10. Cook for 60 minutes and make sure the internal temperature is 165 degrees.
  11. Remove. Take out can and discard. (Careful it will be extemely hot!) Cut and serve! ENJOY!
Recipe Notes

This recipe tastes amazing when you smoke it on a smoker first and then cook.

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