Good spice and beer roasted chicken recipes include big Bud's beer can chicken developed by Guy Fieri and oven beer can chicken featured at About.com. Typical spices used include onion powder, paprika, sage, salt and pepper.
To make Guy Fieri's recipe, wash and pat dry a whole chicken weighing 2 to 3 pounds. The rub mix includes 1 teaspoon each of dried oregano, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika and ginger. Add 1 teaspoon each of dried sage and sea salt and 1 tablespoon of ground black pepper. Carefully pull the skin away from chicken, and rub half the seasoning mixture onto the meat, and rub the other half inside the cavity.
Pour 1/2 cup of beer into a container, smash 2 garlic cloves, and place them inside the beer can. Insert the beer can into the chicken cavity, and stand the chicken inside a roasting pan. Peel off two-thirds of bacon slices from a 1/2-pound package, and layer the slices on top of the chicken. Secure bacon to chicken with toothpicks, and roast the chicken for 10 minutes at 425 F. Lower temperature to 325 F, and roast for an additional one hour.
The spice mix for an alternative recipe combines 2 teaspoons each brown sugar and paprika, 1 teaspoon each of onion powder, thyme and salt, and 1/2 teaspoon each of thyme and sage. Also add 1/4 teaspoon each cayenne pepper and ground cumin. Rub chicken meat with Worcestershire sauce before rubbing with seasoning, and roast a 5-pound chicken for 2 hours.