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Slow Cooker Beer Can Chicken

Everyone will love this slow cooker beer can chicken and so will you because it’s so easy to make!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time8 hours
Total Time8 hours 10 minutes
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beer can chicken, slow cooker chicken, slow cooker recipes
Servings: 4 -6
Calories: 693kcal


  • 5-6 lb whole 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
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper or up to 1 tsp, depending on your preference
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tbs butter softened
  • 12 oz dark beer or lager


  • Make 4 balls of aluminum foil (about 2-inches in diameter each)
  • Place bunched rolls of foil in bottom of 6-quart slow cooker and pour in beer.
  • Pat chicken dry with paper towels. Pull skin gently away from bird. Mix all dry seasonings together.
  • Mix 1/2 teaspoon of seasoning blend into butter.
  • Spread butter mixture under skin of chicken.
  • With clean dry hands, rub remaining spice blend onto chicken skin.
  • Place chicken on top of foil balls in slow cooker.
  • 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.


Serving: 8oz | Calories: 693kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 52g | Fat: 47g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 219mg | Sodium: 830mg | Potassium: 649mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 2348IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 4mg