Slow Cooker Beer Can Chicken
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Serves: 4-6
  • 1 5-6lb chicken
  • 2 tbs smoked paprika (I used mild)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 2 tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp tarragon
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • ¼-1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • 2 tbs butter, softened
  • 1 can (12 ounces) dark beer -OR-lager
  1. Make 4 balls of aluminum foil (about 2-inches in diameter)
  2. Place bunched rolls of foil in bottom of 6-quart slow cooker and pour in beer.
  3. Pat chicken dry with paper towels. Pull skin gently way from bird. Mix all dry seasonings together.
  4. Mix ½ teaspoon of seasoning blend into butter.
  5. Spread butter mixture under skin of chicken.
  6. With clean dry hands, rub remaining spice blend onto chicken.
  7. Place chicken on top of foil balls in slow cooker.
  8. Cover and cook on high for 4-6 hours, or low on 7-8 hours. Check the temperature - chicken is done when the temperature is 165-170 in the thickest part of the thigh. Continue to cook if needed.
Recipe by The Midnight Baker at