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If you’ve been with us, you know we recently bought a barbecue grill, and we’ve been trying out different things. This time we tried Beer Can Chicken. Very simply, it’s a whole chicken squatting over a beer can and then put on a grill to cook. The origins of beer can chicken are lost in the mythology of the 20th century barbecue chefs. The idea is simple, but things are never simple. There is a recipe.
The instructions in my grilling cookbook say to “discard” half of the can of beer. NEVER! Beer is not to be discarded, so Suzy and I shared half of that can of beer plus another can of beer to make it all worthwhile. That set the stage.
Then you make an “herb rub” and put some of it in the remaining half can of beer. The book says the beer will foam.
YEAH! It foamed all over the place!
Now for the fun part. You take two tablespoons of butter, softened, and rub them on the chicken! Nobody bothers to tell you to pat the chicken dry with paper towels. We made a video clip, but could not get it loaded. Butter everywhere but on the chicken.
Then you are supposed to sprinkle on the herb rub, all except for a little bit which you have already dumped into the chicken’s cavity.
Oh yeah, cram that beer can, full of beer and herb seasoning rub, into the chicken's cavity, then balance the beer can and the chicken’s legs like a tripod. Uh-huh! Fortunately we had bought a proper gimcrack that holds the beer can and the chicken so I didn’t have to try a balancing act!
(Suzy always breaks into giggles when she sees this picture. I wonder why?)
March outside to the already heated grill, place the dejected-looking chicken sitting on the beer can in the gimcrack onto the grill, close it up and come back in 75 minutes to see if it’s done.
It was done. Haul the chicken into the house, throw it onto a plate, cut it up and have a FABULOUS chicken dinner. It was delicious, it was moist, it was flavorful. Will we do it again? Yes (especially at 44 cents a pound) but next time we’ll pat the chicken dry, then spray it with butter flavored cooking spray instead of trying to wipe softened butter all over the carcass!
That’s what we ate last night, during … Our Life on Wheels.
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