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Hi and thank you for visiting my blog. My name is Tina, I am 42 years old and married to a wonderful man named Robert. I live in the Cleveland, Ohio area with my husband and our two pugs, Koko and Lucy and a special kitty, named Trixie.

I am of Italian decent and love to cook not just for my family but for everyone! I have a lot of weeknight dinner guest and try to keep it casual but delicious! My Mom passed away a few years ago and was my great teacher.

In 2012 I have changed the way I eat. A real lifestyle change to be healthier, eat a nutrient dense diet and remove all processed foods, refined flours and sugars from our diet. I do cook a lot healthier than my Mom did and do a lot more vegetarian meals, poultry and fish. I'm trying to find a way to keep the traditions of family, friends and good food in my house always.

I plan to post my weekly menus, update with new recipes, health information and articles and how to eat mostly organic in an economical way. I will also periodically post personal updates of my journey to regain health and hope.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Beer in the Butt Chicken

Last year I saw a chef on television make beer can chicken and have been wanting to try it. Robert and I were at Williams-Sonoma and saw this contraption and had to buy it.

You don't need this $30 Veritcal Chicken Roaster..you can simply make this dish using a beer can...but if you know me..you know I can't pass up a new cooking gadget.

We made our first beer can chicken and it was awesome! Better than I expected. Unfortunately, we were so excited to eat it..we never took photos! So, I will show you some of the ones from Williams-Sonoma until we make this again..which will be very soon.

Beer In the Butt Chicken
1 whole chicken approximately (4-5 lbs)
1 can of beer
1 cup of BBQ Sauce (we used Jack Daniels Spicy)
Kosher Salt
Fresh ground black pepper
Chili Powder
4 Tbsp. Olive oil
Pre-heat grill to medium high.


Prepare chicken by rinsing it thoroughly inside and out and let it rest to room temperature. Pat dry and then coat chicken with olive oil, salt, pepper and chili powder and rub in generously.

Pour half of the beer into the BBQ Sauce the other half of the beer into the cup on the roaster.
Place chicken atop roasted and then onto in-direct heat on grill. Close lid and allow to cook for 30 minutes. After the first 30 minutes, baste with beer/bbq sauce every 10 to 15 minutes until chicken reads 170 degrees in the thigh. (Approximately 1 to 1 1/2 hours.)


Grilled Veggies
1 Red bell pepper
1 vidalia onion
3 potatoes
4 green onions
2 Tbsp. olive oil
salt and pepper
Chop veggies into bite sized pieces, coat with olive oil and season with salt and/or pepper.
Place veggies on the outside of roasted after the first 30 minutes of cooking. Toss every 15 minutes or so until dish is complete.
Enjoy!

6 comments:

wrightx2 said...

DH and I love making this chicken...we use the "tall boy" cans of beer instead of that fancy lil' contraption you found...that looks pretty cool, actually!

I have a couple of different chicken recipes for it if you want them.

Dawn said...

I have heard so much about this. I need to try this out. And did you say you put Jack Daniels on chicken? What a great combo. I love it.

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Shelly said...

Wow, great blog! Your recipes look delicous! I found your blog today via the foodie blog roll.

Denise said...

Hi Tina,
great minds think a like .. I just blogged about my "drunken" chicken! They are terrific and so easy.

Denise
http://www.WineFoodPairing.blogspot.com

Joelen said...

Yummm... a great recipe for grilling season! Thanks for sharing :)