Crispy Herb Beer-Can Chicken

By: Wyatt Martin on June 30, 2020

GMG Beer Can Chicken recipe
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Wyatt Martin
Barbecue Eatin Expert

Crispy Herb Beer-Can Chicken

A wonderful recipe to celebrate National Poultry Day with your friends and family. Beer goes hand in hand with BBQ, so this recipe is one of our obvious favorites. The moisture from the evaporating beer really adds a juicy addition to the meat



  • 1 whole chicken
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp kosher salt
  • 1 tbsp pepper
  • 1 tbsp chopped rosemary
  • 2 tsp chopped thyme
  • 2 tsp chopped dill
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 can beer


  • Thaw out your chicken until it comes to room temperature.
  • Preheat grill to 350.
  • Rub the entire bird with olive oil so the herbs have something to stick to.
  • Finely chop the herbs and mix them with the salt, garlic pieces, and pepper.
  • Spread a couple of layers of the mixture all over the entire bird until it is evenly covered.

Beer Can Chicken rubdown

Getting You and Your Bird Primed

  • Open your beer can, drink or pour a little bit out, and place it in your beer can chicken rack.
  • Place the bird face up on top of the can and put it on in your smoker.

Beer Can Chicken Rack

Smoking & Drinking

  • Smoke your beer can chicken for approximately 2-2.5 hours at 350 degrees until the internal temperature of the meat reaches 165 at the breast.
  • Rest for at least 20 minutes before cutting and serving.

GMG Beer Can Chicken recipe