Wood Roasted Beer Can Chicken


  • 1/4 cup salt

  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar

  • 2 teaspoons pimentón (sweet smoked Spanish paprika)

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried marjoram or oregano

  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme

  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

  • 3 bay leaves, finely crumbled

  • 2 (3 1/2- to 4-lb.) whole chickens

  • Can of beer or cider of your choice


  1. Combine first 7 ingredients. Sprinkle skin and cavity of chicken with salt mixture.

  2. Place chicken upright onto a beer/cider can, fitting into cavity. Pull legs forward to form a tripod, allowing chickens to stand upright.

  3. Move the fire and embers to one side of the oven and maintain small oven flames, add smaller logs every 15-20 minutes. Place chicken onto tray upright and into your oven for 35 – 40 minutes until cooked!