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Smoked Beer Can Chicken with Mexican BBQ Sauce

By: Bella Bucchiotti
It’s easy to make pellet grilled Traeger beer can chicken! Smoked beer can chicken, also known as smoked butt chicken in some places, is so good. It’s one of the best grilled chicken recipe ideas. Add an authentic Mexican BBQ sauce, and you have an amazing meal! You will be surprised at how easy it is to make beer can chicken. This show stopping grilled chicken recipe is always a BBQ favourite all summer long.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 6


  • 1 chicken, whole
  • 1 can beer, I used Modelo
  • 1 Tsp. ancho chili powder
  • 2 Tsp.  smoked paprika
  • 1 Tsp. cumin
  • 1/2 Tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1 Tsp. ground coriander
  • 1/4 Tsp. black pepper
  • 1/2 Tsp. salt
  • 1/2 Tsp. onion powder
  • 1/2 Tsp. oregano, Mexican variety
  • 1 sprig cilantro

Mexican BBQ Sauce

  • 2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 jalapeno, chopped
  • 1/2 shallot , minced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 1 Tsp. chili powder
  • 1 Tsp. oregano, Mexican variety
  • 2 Tsp. ground coriander
  • 2 Tsp.  cumin
  • 1 1/2 Cup Ketchup
  • 1/4 Cup red chili sauce
  • 2 Tbsp.  lime juice
  • 2 Tbsp.  brown sugar


  • Heat the smoker to 325 degrees F for 15 minutes.
  • Pour 2 tbsp Modelo into a ramekin. Add 1 tbsp olive oil and whisk. Rub chicken with mixture.
  • In a small a bowl, combine chili powder, paprika, cumin, cayenne pepper, coriander, pepper, salt, onion powder, and oregano. Stir, then rub all sides of the chicken with the seasoning.
  • Insert beer can into the chicken to help it stand. Place into the smoker for 1 hour.
  • While the chicken is cooking, prepare barbeque sauce. Heat a saucepan over medium high heat. Add vegetable oil, jalapeno, shallot, and garlic. Cook for 1 minute. Then, whisk in remaining ingredients and bring to a boil.
  • Once boiling, lower heat to a simmer for 8 minutes. Remove from heat and use an immersion blender, food processor, or blender to purée.
  • Lower the temperature on the smoker to 300 degrees F. Brush chicken thoroughly with BBQ sauce. Close the lid and cook for an additional 45 minutes.
  • Let chicken rest for 10 minutes before slicing. Garnish with fresh chopped cilantro and serve with a Modelo.


Calories: 468kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 95mg | Sodium: 844mg | Potassium: 671mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 2300IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 111mg | Iron: 5mg
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