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You Know You’re A Redneck If…, by Beverly Hicks Burch

You Know You’re A Redneck If…

By Beverly Hicks Burch

…you know what beer can chicken is! Just kidding! I know what beer can chicken is, and I’m far from what you would call redneck. Actually, I only discovered what beer can chicken is in the last couple of years…and I have my dear hubby to thank for the discovery.

Evidently sometime in the evolution of cooking, someone decided to stick the defecating end of a whole chicken over an open can of beer, stick that on a grill, cook the chicken on the beer can and call that gourmet cooking. Of course, no one thought to worry that said chicken could become a flying projectile if the pressure exceeded a certain dangerous point, nor did anyone have the forethought to think about how to get that sucker off the beer can once it was succulent and done, but toasty and freaking hot.

The theory behind beer can chicken is simple. Cooking the bird over the open can of beer will make it extremely moist and tasty at the same time. Killing two birds with one beer can, if you’ll pardon the pun.

Well, as I detailed in a previous blog, my hubby has a serious love affair going on with his Weber grill. Weber, smart people that they are, have also invented some handy dandy grilling tools and accessories. They designed a nifty little contraption they call a Poultry Roaster. Guess what it does? It takes the place of the beer can…safely!

Actually, it’s a neat little cooking gadget to have and we’ve used ours enough to have more than paid for it. The design is ingenuous. The bottom is a tray with a lip of about an inch or more. This catches the run off during cooking, which we’ve noticed is the fat from the skin, thus making this a healthy way to cook chicken. In the center of the tray is a well that holds about a half or three quarter of a cup of any liquid of your choice. Yes, you can use beer. Then, there is a contraption that fits down over the well that look kind of like a rocket ship, and this is what you sit the chicken on for roasting. The cool thing is we’ve used our roaster on the grill and in the oven. (We’ve used it in the oven when we’ve run out of propane.)

The neat thing about using this little roaster, besides a healthy way of cooking your chicken, and cooking a moist bird…you’re not limited to using beer as the cooking liquid. Because the well is in the center of the tray, you can use any liquid you like. Invent your own recipe! The roaster actually comes with a small booklet that has a few recipes in it. And, believe it or not there is a cookbook for beer can chicken cooking! I would say sad, but, true…but, we have it…and it’s really good.

So, just to show you how versatile…and diverse “beer can chicken” is, let me share a couple of our favorite recipes with you…although we have many. I think you will find that it is a new, easy, tasty, moist and healthy way to cook an old bird.

© 2007 Beverly Hicks Burch All Rights Reserved.

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