Saturday, February 20, 2010

Beer Butt Chicken

So today I made supper on the BBQ.  When I was working at Cargill the guys all talked about how this is the absolute best way to have chicken.  So I bought a Foster fresh chicken and turned on the BBQ.  I have to say, it was the best chicken that I have ever had.  The skin is crisp and tasty, and the meat is incredibly juicy and moist.  So if you are interested here's how to do it.

1) Get a can of beer, or in my case I used a Pepsi can and just filled it half way.  (the other day I found some Molson Canadian in the store so I used that.  I've heard that you can also use Pepsi... and a Dr. Pepper could be really good as well)

2) Use a can opener and cut off the top of the can.

3) Make a nice dry rub.  Today I used some brown sugar, garlic powder, chili powder, oregano, parsley, Montreal steak spice.  I mixed it all together and then put a few scoops in with the beer in the can.  Use the rest to rub on the chicken.  It is also important to remember that the skin won't let a lot of flavor through so you have to rub it in between the skin so it is right on the meat. It is messy but pretty fun.  Once you have done that, sit the chicken down on top of the can.    

4) Preheat the BBQ to about 300 place the chicken down on a pan and start cooking with indirect heat.  Today it took me just over an hour until it was done.

This is what it looked like when I was done.  It was INCREDIBLE!!!! 

You can see the can inside of the meat.  It was so much fun to come out and look and see how it was bubbling and sizzling.   I highly recommend this as a new way to cook your chicken.


Karisbrandes said...

Question... does it taste like beer?

officehourthoughts said...

No not at all. Niki hates the taste (and smell) of beer,but she loved the chicken. The beer though is what makes the skin all crisp and the meat all juicy. That's why I think you could do it with Dr. Pepper or Pepsi. But short answer, no beer taste.

Karisbrandes said...

Excellent. Jared wanted to try this (he likes beer) and I was scared of it (like Niki, I hate it). Now I'm not so afraid.

Sylvia said...

It was delicious, Nathan. I still think it looks like a bit of a scary enterprise but the results were definitely worth it!