Damn Tasty Chicken

This is a very good beer can smoked chicken recipe which I am sure you will enjoy immensely. If you have never had beer can chicken, you will be surprised at how moist the meat will be once it is done. One of my favorite smoked meats is chicken when it is good and juicy after cooking.

Spice Rub Mix

  • 1/4 cup paprika
  • 2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp dry mustard
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp salt


  • 1 whole chicken
  • 1 12 ounce can of beer
  • 1 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • Mesquite wood chips
  • 9×9 Drip pan

Mix all Spice Rub ingredients together and set aside.

Thouroughly clean and rinse the chicken. Pat dry. Then coat the inside and outside of the chicken with the Spice Rub. Refrigerate at least 1 hour, but it is much better if refrigerated over night.

Pre-heat your grill for indirect cooking over medium heat using the mesquite wood chips.

Pour out 1/3 of the beer and then add the lime juice to the can and then place it on the drip pan in the center of the grill. Carefully position the chicken upright over the beer can (inside the cavity) then adjust the legs to balance it upright. Sprinkle a little more Spice Rub over the bird, then cook with the grill lid down for 1 hour or until the internal temperature has reached 165 degrees and the juices run clear when pierced with a fork.

Using tongs and oven mitts, carefully remove the chicken from the grill and let rest upright for 10 minutes before lifting it from the can. Discard the beer and carve the bird up and chow down.

I bet you can not eat this without a huge smile on your face.

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Jimi Magenheimer says:

    Sounds like I need to plan on firing up the smoker this weekend.
    Love ya brother

    1. Brenda Sue says:

      No doubt!

    2. davidyochim says:

      Fire it up! It’s my weekend to be on the road. Seems they come around too often. Love ya too my brother.

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