An old favorite people – The amazing Beer Can Chicken Recipe
Sunday is my favorite day of the week, as long as I’m not working that is. For me it’s a day of slouching around in loose clothing, watching films and occasionally sniffing the air emanating from the kitchen as my lunch putters away in the oven. It is the one day of the week I want to do as little as possible.
It’s hard to believe that nearly a year has gone by since my Nanny passed away, a stout, kind loving woman who I’ll never forget; a true matriarch of the family that will be sadly missed, but she did leave behind a lasting impression on me, not just as a brilliant grandparent but also as a cook, she was one of the key people that influenced me early on in my foodie journey.
One of the things I enjoyed the most was her Sunday roasts, she had a knack for making some of the most delicious and memorable dinners I have ever had, she could make something great out of very little and I often used to think to myself ‘How does she do that, and why can’t I?’ most famously were of course her roast potatoes which I have written about before and failed miserably at replicating, will I ever get it right?
I sincerely doubt it but my quest will continue regardless. I always remember sitting down at the table with my aunts, uncles, pops and my – then very young – sisters, my eyes wandering across everyone’s plates trying to glean what they had left. Most of the time good old gramps would come up trumps and sacrifice a couple of roast potatoes, following up with a wry question like ‘do you want some broccoli as well?’ knowing full well I’d pass. Those were good times.
Let’s talk beer can chicken
This is one of 2 beer can chicken recipes I have developed, the other – more spicy version – can be found over at Leicester market’s site, check it out here. This version is more akin to a traditional roast chicken, with one major addition, Beer! The beer does 2 things, it imparts a subtle flavor to the meat, but more importantly keeps the meat very juicy and succulent by steaming the bird from the inside, and whilst Mr chicken looks somewhat undignified atop a can of beer as if he’s been impaled by some sort of poultry hating medieval despot, I can assure you it really does work.
This recipe works really well on a BBQ, in fact, I would say it’s better, the BBQ gives the chicken a smoky twang that like all well BBQ’d meats, tastes incredible. You can use any beer you like really, lager is fine but you could switch it up for a nice canned ale or even cider, you are limited only by your imagination with this one folk just remember, only use a beer you are happy to drink.
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1 whole medium-sized chicken Try out our Beer can chicken Recipe and post your results below in the comments…
How to make Beer can chicken with lemon and herbs
3 fat juicy cloves of garlic
2 heaped tsp fresh thyme
2 heaped tsp fresh rosemary finely chopped
2 bay leaves
Peel of 1 un waxed lemon
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
About 4 glugs of olive oil
1 440ml can of beer, cider or ale of your choice.
1 whole medium-sized chicken
Try out our Beer can chicken Recipe and post your results below in the comments…