Slow Cooker Beer Can Chicken

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This Slow Cooker Beer Can Chicken will be your new favorite crockpot dinner! Perfect for cookouts watching the game or for an easy weeknight meal!

Hi Pinterest Pals! Thanks for clicking through and checking out this recipe. If you’d like a slow cooker dessert to go with this entree, try my recipe for Slow Cooker Peach Cobbler
slow cooker beer can chicken

The best part about football season is the food, like this easy slow cooker beer can chicken recipe.

Well, at least that’s what I think. Trying new appetizers, chowing down with friends and family over wings at the local bar, or even eating a big bowl of slow cooker chili at home while rooting for your team.

Those are my favorites things to do from September to February. So, when I thought about other ways to make chicken in the slow cooker and having it correlate with football, I immediately thought beer.

As in Slow Cooker Beer Can Chicken.

This recipe is of course the adaptation of Beer Can Chicken, the recipe that’s made in the oven, or grill.

Instead of using a whole chicken, thighs and drumsticks are the stars here. It makes a lot of chicken, so it’s great for a crowd.

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Slow Cooker Beer Can Chicken

1 value pack of chicken legs and thighs (usually 8 to 12 pieces)
1 can of beer
2 tablespoons seasoned salt
1 tablespoon paprika
1 tablespoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon of black pepper (not pictured)
1 dried bay leaf

Place the seasoned salt, paprika, dried thyme, and pepper in a small bowl and mix together. Set aside.
In your slow cooker, pour in 6 ounces of beer (about half the can) and add the bay leaf. Place the slow cooker on low.
Open the packet of chicken and sprinkle the mixed seasoning over the pieces. Then, rub the seasoning all over the chicken pieces. Place the pieces in the slow cooker, cover, and turn the setting to high. Once you’re done, be a good cook and drink the rest of the beer.
Cook on high for 5 hours to 6 hours. Enjoy!

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  1. 1.30.13

    ANything in a slow cooker appeals to me, and anything with beer in it appeals to my husband.. WIN!

  2. 1.30.13

    I LOVE new Crock-Pot recipes!!! Thanks for sharing! Pinning!

  3. 1.30.13

    we love beer can chicken on the bbq in the summer, this is a great way to enjoy in the winter months

  4. 1.30.13

    That sounds yummy and I can’t wait for Super Bowl Sunday to cheer on my Ravens and eat lots of food.

  5. 1.30.13

    Slow cookers are really are a must have in the kitchen. This sounds easy enough to make and would definitely give this a try.

  6. 1.30.13
    Alex M said:

    You could probably also so this at warp speed in a pressure cooker too!

  7. 2.1.13

    the chicken looks so good! thanks for the recipe. Slow cookers are great this time of year!

  8. 2.2.13

    Looks delicious!!

  9. 2.2.13

    Thanks for all the comments, everyone! I hope you enjoy the recipe 🙂

  10. 4.7.13

    Making your recipe right now. In 6 hours or so we will see. Looks great, so I am sure it will be good. Thank you.

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  12. 9.1.15
    Keri said:

    I swapped out the beer for chicken stock….it’s in the crockpot right now. We’ll see how it goes!

    • 9.1.15
      Amiyrah said:

      Sounds great, Keri! Next time, try it with seltzer or sprite. There’s something about the bubbles that makes the dish so heavenly.

  13. 10.6.15
    Christie Ferguson said:

    Just double checking–that’s bone-in chicken legs and thighs correct?

    • 10.6.15
      Amiyrah said:


  14. 10.8.21
    Cindy said:

    Omg this recipe was delicious. I never cook chicken breast being they are dry….but I made them with this recipe and a can of French onion soup….they were as soft and tender as a steak! Thank you we loved it!