07/29/2005: One More for the Road...
Beer-Can Chicken with Cola Barbecue Sauce:
Now this was just becoming the rage in Minnesota when I moved in 2002, but it's also known by earthier names (or variants there of) as Beer Bottom Chicken.
Beginning with: “Open a can of beer and drink half”, and these other ingredients:
1 (12-ounce) can beer
1 cup hickory wood chips
2 teaspoons kosher or sea salt
2 teaspoons brown sugar
2 teaspoons sweet paprika
1 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
1 (4-pound) whole chicken
The operative part of the Cooking is to “Holding chicken upright with the body cavity facing down, insert beer can into cavity.”
And then the Trick is to Balance the Little Fryer Upright like a tripod on the beer can while its’cooking.
And as the Chef says:
"I like any recipe that starts with, 'Open a can of beer and drink half'" says Raichlen. American ingenuity has produced a variety of beer-can roasters that hold the can in place and stabilize the tipsy chicken. Aluminum cans bend easily under the pressure, so when piercing holes, it's a good idea to use a can-holding gadget.
Can’t say as I’ve ever had the “Cola Sauce” [see recipe at the link above] but this Beer Butt Chicken recipe is supposed to yield very flavorful, juicy and tender bird. So, If yer wondering what to fix this weekend on the grille - Enjoy!!
Karen on 07.29.05 @ 11:34 AM CST