Slow Cooker Rotisserie-Style Beer Can Chicken

Who hasn’t stopped by the grocery store on their way home and picked up a rotisserie chicken? We’ve all done it. We aren’t denying it’s an easy solution if you’re pressed for time or want an easy, pre-cooked protein to use in meals throughout the week – but have you tried cooking a rotisserie-style chicken in your slow cooker? You can control the seasonings and have a whole chicken for you waiting when you get home with just a little prep in the morning.

Slow Cooker Beer Can Rotisserie Style Chicken

For this slow cooker rotisserie-style chicken we wanted to play off of a popular summer dish – Beer Can Chicken. You’ve probably seen pictures of whole chickens propped up on a can of beer on the grill, or have maybe even attempted cooking one yourself. We took that idea but transferred it to the slow cooker so you can enjoy the same flavors year round.

Slow Cooker Beer Can Rotisserie Style Chicken

The trick to making a rotisserie-style chicken in the slow cooker is aluminum foil. Place four aluminum foil balls on the bottom of the slow cooker crock and then pour in a can of beer of your choice. The foil will lift the chicken out of the liquid so it steams in the beer leaving you with tender, moist meat.

Slow Cooker Beer Can Rotisserie Style Chicken

We rubbed the chicken with a mixture of smoked paprika, salt, pepper, oregano, thyme, and garlic powder. The paprika gives the chicken skin a deep red color and adds a smoky flavor.

Slow Cooker Beer Can Rotisserie Style Chicken

Take rotisserie-style beer can chicken to your next neighborhood barbecue (it’s best served alongside friends, beer, and sunshine) or make it on Sunday for dinner and eat the leftovers throughout the week on sandwiches and salads.

Slow Cooker Beer Can Chicken
Serves 4
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  1. 2 tablespoons smoked paprika
  2. 2 teaspoons salt
  3. 2 teaspoons coarse pepper
  4. 2 teaspoons dried oregano leaves
  5. 2 teaspoons dried thyme leaves
  6. 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  7. 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  8. 4 (6-inch) strips aluminium foil, each bunched into a ball
  9. 1 can (16 ounces) beer
  10. 1 (6 1/2 to 7 pound) whole chicken
  1. Mix smoked paprika, salt, pepper, oregano, thyme, garlic powder and cayenne pepper in a small bowl; set aside.
  2. Place 4 balls of aluminum foil on bottom of slow cooker crock. Pour beer into crock.
  3. Rinse chicken and pat dry.
  4. Rub chicken with seasoning mixture. Place chicken on top of foil in crock.
  5. Cover slow cooker. Cook on HIGH for 3 hours or LOW for 5 to 7 hours. Chicken is well done when meat temperature registers 165°F in the breast or 175°F-180°F in the thickest part of the thigh.
  1. USDA recommends 165°F as the safe eating temperature for chicken. Chicken is done when meat temperature registers 165°F in the breast or 175°F-180°F in the thickest part of the thigh. For more information on food safety, visit
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8 Quart Slow Cooker

The 8 Quart Slow Cooker is the perfect size for for a 7 lb roast or a 7 lb chicken. 




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  1. Kathi LeBlanc

    I didn’t see any difference than a regular slow cooker chicken. There good for pulled chicken sandwiches. Which is the only reason I cook a chicken in a slow cooker.

  2. Excellent recipe, with a couple caveats. Has anyone ever seen a 6 lb chicken for sale anywhere? Regardless, instead of foil balls, how about potatoes, celery, carrots, onions to keep the chicken above the bottom? Also beer in America does not commonly come in 16 oz cans. A 12 oz Guinness will do nicely. Thanks for the recipe, My grandmother did this, my mother and myself for many years and it is excellent.

  3. Just made this overnight. Yes! Beer can chicken for breakfast. I need to work on this. Found a 2″ tall rack from Amazon that raised the chicken to the perfect height. Never got soggy. Few problems. Had 5-1/2 lb. chicken. Gave it 6 hrs. Hit 190F. Tried taking it out of Slow Cooker, totally fell apart. Have to cut back the time next time. Any ideas how to get it out in one piece so I can broil it? I added more spices, but the chicken itself is still bland. How can I get more flavor into the meat? Brining?

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  5. Many questions here. Let me add this to help. The beer really just adds to the moisture effect and allows you to say its “beer” chicken. So don’t take it so literally. You can supplement the beer with other beverages because the chicken NEVER touches the meat. Toss some good chicken seasonings on the meat because this is what you’ll be tasting. DON’T toss out the skin… Once the chicken is finished, through it under the broiler to quickly crisp up the skin (tasty). I’m serving mine with some creamed spinach and garlic toast. Don’t over complicate this. I even used a large pot on the stove with lid, instead of a traditional slow cooker or crockpot. SAME EFFECT, Great Chicken. Oh and yeah, there was a chicken sale on at my local grocer 2 whole chickens/$12. Invest in a meat thermometer.

  6. I see a lot of mixed reviews from disappointing and soggy skin to delicious moist chicken. Is it fair to say that the meat comes out tender and delicious but discard the skin when it’s done to get rid of any disappointment? This recipe looks really good and I want to try it but don’t want to waste $14 either. Idea…do what the recipe says and when it’s done, maybe through it in the oven for twenty minutes to crisp up the skin but not dry out the chicken at the same time? Thoughts?????

    • Throw the chicken under the broiler for 2 to 4 minutes on each side and watch it carefully. This crisps the skin nicely. The slow cooker method makes the meat very tender but will do the same to the skin. Don’t be like the stupid people in this thread that do not understand how a crock pot works.

  7. Awful chicken recipe. The skin was not crisp, but rather slimy. What a waste of a $14 roasting chicken. I will NEVER do this recipe again, and have already discarded the printed recipe.

  8. Stephanie H

    I made this yesterday, and found it disappointing. The skin was kind of a soggy mess with the seasonings on it. I could have crisped up the chicken in the oven, but then why have I wasted time and energy with the crockpot? The chicken was tender and fairly moist, but I didn’t feel that the beer really added anything to the flavor. Next time I will roast my chicken in a conventional oven.

  9. I would think streaming the chicken it would not be crispy.

  10. On your ingredients you say 16 Oz. Can of beer, so is it a 12 Oz or 16 Oz. Can

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  12. Im going to try with apple juice tonight that sounds really good will let you know how it turns out.

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  17. I have never heard of smoked paprika. Where would I find it?

  18. I really want to make this recipe but I’m wondering if I can use Italian seasoning instead of oregano and thyme since the Italian seasoning is what I have available in my pantry.??

  19. going to make this but was thinking about putting an onion inside. What do you think?

  20. How far out of the beer should the chicken be? Also, if I crisped the skin before putting it in the crock pot would it stay crispy after being steamed? I’m looking forward to trying this :)

    • Marguerite Leonard

      I would try to crisp it after it was finished if you didn’t think it was crispy enough. Just don’t dry it out.

  21. Sounds delicious looking forward to making it.

  22. I gave up alcohol. Is there a good substitute for beer? I know some would say that’s a crazy question

    • I’m betting you could use any carbonated beverage that’s close to beer- cream soda, ginger ale, sparkling apple cider, root beer. You could also opt for o’douls since its non-alcoholic.

    • I once used orange soda. Gave the meat a little orange flavor and was delight!

    • When any alcohol of any kind is cooked its alcohol free

    • The alcohol will cook off during the cooking process. I’ve tried cooking with non-alcoholic beer and it doesn’t taste well after heating up in my opinion?

    • Bum a beer off a friend…..will be no alcohol left after cooking!

    • Odouls alcohol free beer

    • Marguerite Leonard

      I’m with you one that. I’ve seen people use Coke, 7-Up, Ginger Ale, Dr. Pepper. I would like to try it with Pepsi.

    • Is it the fact that you are afraid the beer might intoxicate you, because it won’t, or that the booze might be a trigger for you? If the former, I’d do an O’Douls or any NA beer. dark NA beer would be better, or try some fruity juice or complex sodas, like Dr. Pepper or Coke. The fun of cooking is that you can tinker with any recipe to suit your situation and make it your own!

  23. Instead of a roaster chicken , can I use a couple fryer chickens and what would be the difference in the time element?

    • Sarah DiPeppe

      Hi Karen, you can use fryer chickens. I can’t tell you a time not knowing the weight of the fryer(s). I would start checking the chicken(s) 1 hour before the time in the recipe depending if you have 1 or 2 fryers in the slow cooker. For best results in a slow cooker, fill the crock no more than 1-inch from the lid.

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  25. Sarah, does the skin come out crispy ??

    • Sarah DiPeppe

      Hi Rick, no the skin does not get crispy. The foil balls lift the chicken out of the liquid so it steams in the beer, leaving you with extremely moist, tender meat and skin.

  26. Nicole McCrery

    Just curious if you can use a bottle of beer, or does it have to be a can? We currently only have bottles in the fridge.

  27. Instead of Foil Balls, can the chicken be propped up by a Silicone Trivet? Or do you need the heat conduction via the foil balls?

  28. By beer to you mean light or dark ale or lager

  29. This looks so delicious and simple (that’s important). I will have to try this out.

  30. Betsy Brichter

    This looks great, especially for those of us without a grill!

    • Sarah DiPeppe

      Absolutely. Even for those with a grill, this is a great way to avoid standing in the heat or lighting it up! Sometimes you just have to cool off and let the slow cooker do the work for you :)

      • You think finishing the chicken in the oven will crisp it up? Love the sound of it but don’t want soggy skin.

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