What with all this warm weather I thought it was time for BBQ-based creation. I’ve done many things on a BBQ (I can’t be horaced to spell out barbecue, oops just did it) all with mildy boring results (generally I find BBQ food to be like normal food only a bit more burnt).
But then I suddenly remembered from somewhere where someone stuck a can of beer up a chicken’s arse (or is it the neck? Never realy got to grips with which end was which with a plucked de-headed chicken) and decided I had to do that.
So I did.
The reason for sticking a can of beer up a chicken’s backside (or down, it’s throat) may not be immediately obvious. Let me enlighten.
For starters, open the beer. If you didn’t open the beer you would blow the chicken up. Actually that sounds like fun, might try it next time.
Once in the oven, boiling beer keeps the chicken moist. The whole thing is a bit undignified but lets face it, if you can stick a can of beer into the nether regions of a chicken, it probably isn’t worried about a lot.
For Beer Butt Chicken you will need
- 1 chicken
- 2 tbsp smoked paprika
- 1 tbsp mustard powder
- 2 tbsp dark brown sugar
- 2 tsp dried thyme
- 2 tsp cayenne pepper
- 2 tsp celery salt
- ground pepper
- olive oil
- oh and a can of beer
It’s easy really. Fire up the barbie. Get the can of beer and use a can opener to remove the top:
Stella is ideal – the can top is tapered to ease penetration of the chicken by the can. Nice! Now mix all the dry rub ingredients together.
Now check how the BBQ is doing.
Mmm. Not good. Let’s move this operation indoors.
Stick the chicken onto the beer can (remove some of the beer and use for medicinal purposes).
Drizzle olive oil over your bird and apply the dry rub. Roast in an oven at 180 centigrade for an hour and a half. Check and baste half way through.
Disaster! My bird fell over. Too much Stella. Right the bird and continue cooking.
A bit lop-sided on the dry rub but a glistening end-product non-the-less.
Ignore the oil and fat – focus on the delicious BBQ chicken that never went near a BBQ!