Beer can chicken cooked on the Traeger Timberline 850 wood pellet grill
Angela Slater
Daughter of a farmer and market gardener so have always had a connection with the outdoors, whether it was keeping animals or producing fruit, vegetables and cut flowers. Along with my work at Hayes Garden World I also have a smallholding, mainly breeding rare breed pigs. I gained an HND and BSc in Conservation and Environmental Land Management, as a result I am an ardent environmentalist and have a keen interest in environmentally friendly gardening. In my time at Hayes I worked for several years in the Outdoor Plant and Houseplant areas

How To Cook ‘Beer Can’ Chicken On The Traeger Timberline 850 Wood Pellet Grill

Follow our easy instructions for perfectly cooked chicken on the BBQ


  • whole chicken
  • beer
  • rapeseed oil (or any vegetable oil)
  • Traeger Sweet BBQ rub (or any other BBQ poultry rub)
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • sprig fresh rosemary




  • Traeger poultry throne (or any other BBQ poultry roaster)

Half fill the centre of the throne with the beer and add the rosemary and crushed garlic. The beer boils, which is why you don’t fill the pot to the top, and infuses the chicken with flavour and also keeps the meat moist. If you don’t want to use beer you could use white wine, vegetable stock or water with added mixed herbs.

Place the chicken onto the throne and rub with the rapeseed oil, then cover generously with the Sweet Rub.

Pre-heat the grill to 200C (392F), remove the middle shelf and place the chicken in the centre.

Insert the probe into the thickest part; make sure it is not against the bone or into the cavity otherwise it will give a false reading. Link to the Timberline app and your phone will send you an alert when the bird has reached the required temperature.

Take the chicken off when it reaches 75C (167F) as this is the safe temperature for chicken; remember the slogan ’75 staying alive’. If you leave it any longer the flesh will start to dry out.

Leave it to rest under a couple of sheets of tinfoil and clean tea-towels before carving.

Cooking the chicken outside using the throne ensures a tasty, tender really moist bird as it receives moisture not only from the beer but the grill also draws in the moist outside air.