Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Beer Can Chicken

Edited to add: This is my 500th post!

This is also known as Beer Butt Chicken for obvious reasons!

I've wanted to try this forever, but never got around to it until now.

I started with a 4.5 lb. fryer and added:

2 cans small whole potatoes
carrots, chopped
celery, chopped
1 can/bottle beer of your choice (I used Polish)

Because my beer was from a bottle, I scrubbed one of the potato cans clean after ripping off the wrapper and poured the beer in that. I placed the vegetables in the bottom of a roasting pan with a sprinkle of salt and pepper. The chicken received a generous rub-down of salt, pepper, and paprika. Carefully slide the chicken's cavity over the can and place it in the center of your roasting pan.

Make sure your oven racks are low enough to fit the pan in your oven. I ended up having to remove a rack. Roast at 200° for about 2.5-3 hours, depending on your chicken's weight. Finish under the broiler for a few minutes to toast up the skin if that's your thing!

This was SO juicy! I really enjoyed the flavor the beer injected into the chicken from its steam. It wasn't very "beerish," but it was still delicious! I'll definitely be adding this to the rotation of chicken options after seeing how easy it was!

The next post will from NC. I'll show you the rest of the renovation photos and moving pics!


Jenn said...

This is one of my favorite ways to cook chicken. Reliably tender every time!

April @ The 21st Century Housewife said...

I have heard about cooking chicken like this, but I have never done it. Looks like it turned out really well! Look forward to seeing the photos of the renovation and moving!!

Nowheymama said...

We LOVE Butt Chicken on the grill! We make it a lot!

Roz @ weightingfor50 said...

Big congrats on the 500th Christina!!!!!

Jenn@slim-shoppin said...

500th post! Yeah Christina!!!

I've never tried that either but it doesn't look that hard.

Can't wait to see the pics!