Beer Can Chicken


1 whole chicken, approx. 3.5 – 5 lbs.

Olive oil

1 - 12 ounce can of beer, preferably in a taller, skinnier can



Kosher Salt

Black Pepper

Optional: your favorite BBQ rub


Heat charcoal grill or smoker to 275 degrees and be sure to utilize hardwood chips during the cooking process. To prepare your chicken, remove innards/neck and discard. Thoroughly wash and pat dry your chicken. Massage the outside of the chicken with olive oil and sprinkle salt, pepper, thyme leaves and a bbq rub (optional). Discard (or drink) approximately 4 ounces of beer from the can. In the can opening, then stuff in several sprigs of both rosemary and thyme. Place the can in the center of an aluminum disposable pan and place the chicken atop the can through the larger cavity. The chicken should be able to “stand up” on the can. Place in smoker and cook through until the breast is 165 degrees or thigh is 180 degrees. Depending on the size of your chicken, it could be 1.5 –2.5 hours. Do your best to not disturb the smoking process by opening the grill/smoker too often. The chicken may only need to be rotated once during the cooking process. Be sure to let your chicken rest 10-15 minutes before eating.