Sunday, July 11, 2010

Diary of a Secret Housewife: "Beer" Can Chicken

Here's the text message convo my husband and I had Friday afternoon:

Me: "I just stuck a can of soda up a chicken's ass and grilled it."
Husband: "Not sure what that means, but whatever turns you on."
You know what turns me on?  A perfectly roasted chicken, crispy on the outside, flavorful and oh-so-very juicy on the inside . . . cooked without my having to turn on the oven.  (Cue the food porn music.)

Pretty sexy, right?  

For years, I've heard rumors of the awesomeness of Steven Raichlen's Beer Can Chicken recipe.  But the prospect of sticking a can up a chicken's hoohoo seemed so rude, or so like a cliche prison movie, that I just couldn't bring myself to make it.

But then we got a grill.  And I ran out of shabbat chicken recipes.  And it got so unbearably hot that I couldn't fathom turning on the oven.

So there was nothing to do but to try the Beer Can Chicken recipe.

Of course, I had two dozen bottles of beer in the house but no cans.  So I made do with a can of aranciata.

The recipe calls for popping the tab on the can and then making an additional 6-7 holes on top of the can.  I didn't want to ruin my knives, so I just used a can opener to remove half the top of the can.

I prepped the chicken with a dry rub -- lots of kosher salt, pepper, paprika, herbs, fennel seeds, cayenne (anything and everything I had on hand) -- then left it in the fridge for a while so that the salt pulled some of the moisture from the skin.  About a half hour before I wanted to start grilling, I took the chicken out of the fridge to let it come to room temperature.

Then it was time for the procedure.  

I apologized to the chicken, lowered it gently on the can, and set up the drumsticks so that they acted as two legs of a tripod.

I preheated the grill, set it up to cook on indirect heat at 350 degrees, and placed the chicken on the grill. I then closed the lid and left it alone.  (I did not go through the extra step of setting up a smoker, as Raichlen suggests.  It was fine; I didn't miss it.)

An hour later, the chicken emerged looking tanned, relaxed, and gorgeous.

And after resting it for 20 minutes, the chicken was ready to be consumed.  Nom nom nom.

I didn't manage to get any photos of the carved chicken, as it was so delicious we pretty much inhaled it immediately.  But the skin was glazed and crispy, the meat was so juicy and flavorful, and I declared it even better than Zuni Chicken.

So this chicken is NSFW, but RFD (really frickin' delicious).  San Pellegrino Can Chicken might be on the menu for next week's shabbat dinner too.

Have you tried beer can chicken?  Was it worthwhile to use the smoker?


lavenderpug July 12, 2010 at 10:19 AM  

heehee, you tasty, juicy, wanton chicken. looks amazing!

charms July 12, 2010 at 11:33 AM  

YUM! too bad sachin is vegetarian or i'd be all over this :)

Kimberly Michelle July 12, 2010 at 1:12 PM  

... adding this to the list of things to do this summer...

BigAppleNosh July 12, 2010 at 10:52 PM  

It took me 5 minutes of laughing uncontrollably over that chicken propped up so seductively to compose myself and read your directions. ;)

Mrs. Hot Cocoa July 12, 2010 at 11:02 PM  

@ lavenderpug and BigAppleNosh: That chicken was too sexy for my kitchen. I named him Alejandro before I ate him.

@ charms: Next time we do a potluck, I'll sneak it in for ya!

Mags July 14, 2010 at 8:25 PM  

Your grill looks so clean-wish ours looked half that good. The chicken looks delicious but how do you know the grill temp on a regular gass grill?

Mags July 14, 2010 at 8:26 PM  

and that would be gas, not gass ;)

Mrs. Hot Cocoa July 14, 2010 at 11:51 PM  

@ Mags: Our grill has a thermometer in the front. I don't know how accurate it is, but it's pretty cool!

Kimberly Michelle August 28, 2010 at 1:46 PM  

...and checking this off the list tonight! We have no "canned" beer in the house, so I'm just going to pour a bottle of it into a Coke can. Now which beer to try...hmmm....

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