Wood Fired Chicken on a Can


  • ¼ cup salt
  • 1 tbsp muscovado sugar
  • 2 tsp sweet paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp English mustard powder
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • Olive Oil
  • Whole chicken
  • Can of beer or cider of your choice
    • Outline Skewers Sketch


This is a great crowd pleaser and a really fun and effective way to cook chicken so it stays really tender and juicy. It is also very easy to make.

Fire your oven to full temperature (approx. 550c) and let it drop to approx. 200c. In the meantime prepare your rub by mixing all the dry ingredients. Drizzle olive oil over the chicken and massage the rub all over the skin and inside the cavity.

Open the beer can, empty or drink approx. half of the beer and place the chicken on top of the can, legs down like it is sitting upright with the can in its cavity. Put the chicken onto a tray and into the oven. We placed 2 small pieces of wood to steady the can/chicken.

Keep the door closed during cooking, but check often and turn occasionally.  Depending on the size of the chicken, cooking time should be approx. 1.15hrs. If the juices aren’t clear, cook for a further 10 minutes and check again.

Take the tray out of the oven and leave to stand for 10 minutes or so before serving.