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Beer Can Chicken on a Traeger Grill
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Beer Can Chicken on a Traeger Grill

We know a shiny new Traeger Grill is a beautiful sight. But, we're guessing you are just itching to dirty it up a little and use it. And we have the perfect recipe for you try first. Beer can chicken provides the most delectable taste and when everyone sees it, no one will ever guess you're a newbie on the grill.

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Beer Can Chicken
Servings: 4
Calories: 200kcal


  • Traeger Grill and Grilling Accessories
  • Wood Pellets
  • One Can of Beer or Beer Can Chicken Stand


  • One Whole Chicken, Three to Five Pounds

  • Traeger Chicken Rub


  • Start by preparing your chicken, even before preparing your grill. You want everything ready before you even turn your grill on.

  • To prepare your chicken, you'll want to tuck the wing tips back, as well as truss the chicken legs together.

  • To truss a chicken, means you need to tie it with butcher's twine to make it easier to work with.

  • For the next step, you'll want to generously season your chicken with Traeger Chicken Rub, inside and out.

  • The Chicken Rub combines citrus and black pepper flavors to really bring out the flavor of your chicken.

  • It comes in a shaker so it can easily be sprinkled on your meat.

  • Next, you'll want to add the beer to your chicken.

  • Open your can of beer and place it inside the chicken (still in the can), by sliding the chicken down on top of the open can.

  • Only 1.5 inches of the bottom of the can should remain protruding from the chicken.

  • Once your chicken is fully prepared, then you can start to preheat your Traeger Grill.

  • If you haven't done so already, make sure your grill is clean and ready to use.

  • Preheat the temperature to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and keep the lid closed for ten to fifteen minutes.

  • Place the chicken on a baking sheet with the can still upright, and the chicken as well, and then put the sheet directly onto the grill gate.

  • It should cook for 60 to 75 minutes.

  • The internal temperature should reach 165 degrees Fahrenheit in the thickest part of your chicken.

  • Carefully remove your chicken from the grill.

  • Allow it to cool for five to ten minutes before attempting to do anything with it since it's so hot. It's best to place it on a cutting board to cool.

  • You can move it onto the cutting board with a pair on tongs.

  • Be sure to keep a spatula underneath it to avoid the can from slipping out.

  • Once the time has passed, you can carefully remove the beer can from the chicken. 

  • Caution: the can will still be extremely hot.

  • Also, you want to be careful not to spill hot beer all over your dinner or yourself.

  • Traeger recipes also include lots of tempting sides to prepare on the grill, or you could prepare some cold options inside ahead of time.


Serving: 113g | Calories: 200kcal