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Perfect Smoked Chicken

Perfect Applewood Smoked Beer Can Chicken / Call Me PMc

Perfectly smoked chicken is tender and full of flavor. Serve by itself or on pizzas, sandwiches, wraps, salads or nachos!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 55 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Author Paula Jones


  • Ingredients
  • 2 2 to 3 lbs whole chickens
  • 1/2 c salt
  • 1/2 c sugar
  • 1 gallon water
  • 2 12 oz cans beer
  • 1/ 2 butter softened
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp pepper
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp onion powder


  • Directions
  • Place chickens in large bowl and cover with water. Add 1/2 c salt and 1/2 c sugar to water. Brine from 30 minutes to 4 hours depending on how much time to you have to prepare. Store in refrigerator while brining.
  • Prepare smoker by piling charcoal on one side of grill and leaving the other side empty. Soak applewood chips or chunks in water. Remove from water and place in grill. Place a food grate on grill. Allow to heat to about 250 degrees.
  • Prepare chicken - Remove chicken from brine and rinse. (Discard brine.) Pat chicken dry. Rub butter under the skin and on top of the skin. Sprinkle 1 tsp each of salt, pepper, garlic powder, paprika, and onion powder on each chicken. Place each chicken upright onto a beer can, fitting the can into cavity. Pull legs forward to form a tri-pod, allowing chickens to stand upright.
  • Place chicken upright (sitting on beer) on side of grill that does not have charcoal. Smoke, covered with grill lid, 1 hour and 20 to 40 minutes, depending on grill temperature, until golden and meat thermometer inserted in thigh registers 180 degrees. Remove from grill and allow chickens to rest 10 minutes. Carefully remove beer cans and cut chickens.


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