Get one whiff of this Smoked Jamaican Jerk Beer Can Chicken…and you’ll be ready to inhale the whole thing! The chicken is juicy and packed full of flavor from a Jamaican seasoning blend and cooked on top of a can of light beer. It smells heavenly and tastes even better.
This Jamaican chicken recipe is a fun and easy way to prepare a whole chicken. Smoking the jerk chicken keeps it from drying out and adds depth to the flavor. The smoker does all the hard work for you! Since it cooks at the same temperature the whole time, there’s no need to babysit this meal. So go ahead…check off some items on that to-do list. Or open another can of beer and relax. Your choice.
Fair warning: This dish impresses a crowd. If you’re sharing this meal with others, brace yourself for a barrage of compliments.
Why KJ Loves Smoked Jamaican Jerk Beer Can Chicken:
This may be one of my favorite smoker recipes – it just makes me do a happy dance every time I make it and eat it! The chicken is loaded full of flavor from the Jamaican Jerk rub, to the beer-can cooking method, and all the way to the smoker infusing it with all sorts of tender, smoky flavor. If you’re looking for the perfect Summer chicken recipe, this is it! Sit back and relax while the smoker does all the hard work for you – then dig into some finger-lickin’ good chicken!
What is Jerk Chicken?
Jerk chicken is a Jamaican dish flavored with jerk seasoning—a blend of allspice and scotch bonnet peppers. Jamaican jerk chicken was traditionally “smoked” by cooking it in covered holes in the ground.
The Best Smoker…
We like to use hickory pellets, for a great, neutral smoke flavor that isn’t too overpowering.
If you don’t have a smoker, check out this recipe for an alternate way of achieving a similar effect.
Smoked Jamaican Jerk Beer Can Chicken Ingredient Lineup
Make sure to remove the neck and giblets. Pat the chicken dry with a paper towel before seasoning to help it stick. You’ll get a nice, crispy brown skin.
One Beer Can is Another Chicken’s Throne
This method uses a beer can to prop the chicken up when you smoke it. But there are other ways to achieve this effect. You could get fancy and buy your very own chicken throne for under $20 (you’ll be able to reuse it multiple times).
Buying your chicken a throne seems like a thoughtful gesture—until you tell him where to stick it. This method is, er…slightly impolite. To insert the beer can or throne, you’ll put it right up into the center cavity of the chicken. No way around it.
PS: If you’re using a beer can to hold up the chicken, make sure to use a can of beer vs. a bottle.
Smoked Jamaican Jerk Beer Can Chicken Serving Ideas
Serve with your favorite smoker/bbq sides. Try:
The topic is the tropics.
Serve on a bed of Coconut Cilantro Rice topped with grilled pineapple, avocado, and green onion.
A fun, smoky, tropical twist on the classic taco! Top with pineapple salsa/peach salsa, diced red onion, and cotija cheese.
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Recipe originally posted on May 3, 2019 – updated on July 10, 2022.