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Smoked Hard Cider Beer Can Chicken

A whole chicken smoked seamlessly with minimal effort- this is the tenderest, most flavorful chicken to end all chickens.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time6 hrs
Total Time6 hrs 10 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beer can chicken, hard cider chicken, smoked chicken, smoked whole chicken
Servings: 8
Calories: 1kcal
Author: Meaghan @ 4 Sons R Us


  • 1 whole roaster chicken, 4-5 lbs
  • 1 pkt chicken marinade, prepared according to the package directions
  • 1 12 fluid oz can hard apple cider


  • Remove all the innards from the bird. Rinse thoroughly, and pat dry.
  • Rub the bird down, liberally, with the prepared marinade. 
  • Pop the top on your can of beer, and pour 1/4 - 1/2 of the beer out, either into the sink or into a glass to drink. Set the beer into a beer can stand. Place the stand in a disposable aluminum pan.
  • Place the bird's cavity over the beer can until the chicken's resting firmly on the base. Carefully place the pan in a smoker preheated to 225 degrees, using a blend of hickory and apple wood chips.
  • Smoke 5-6 hours, or until a meat probe inserted into the thickest part of the breast reads 160 degrees Fahrenheit. 
  • Remove the chicken from the smoker, and let it rest for 10 minutes before slicing and serving.


Calories: 1kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 1mg | Sugar: 1g