Guest blogger alert! Here’s Ken with another fun grilling post:
Greetings! It is great to be out of sweltering New York, and more importantly, reunited with my summering wife and kids in Oregon for a week. I am blessed to have the ability to really focus on my true passions during my vacation: cooking for my in-laws, and guest-writing for a women’s lifestyle blog. Good times.
I have stepped in for the Josie Girl before, mostly with grilling posts on artichokes and fruit (and separately, Lemon Mint Pasta with Bacon and Tips for Expectant Fathers) The focus on fruit, vegetables and general health? Not necessarily my first choice (play to your audience), so it’s time for more of a traditional and fun (and manly) post on…. Beer Can Chicken.
Cooking chicken without drying it out, whether via oven, grill, or New York City sidewalk, can be a challenge. One helpful ally in keeping chicken moist is actually, beer. The idea behind beer can chicken is pretty simple. Bake or grill your chicken over an open can of beer, and the bubbling brew will keep the inside moist.
OK. Time to get the beer and the grill ready.
Take a few chugs out of the beer can. It should be about 2/3 full. Then put the thyme/rosemary sprigs in them.
Turn all but one of the grill burners on medium/high heat. Plan to put the chicken/beer over the unlit one (the chicken/beer should NOT be over direct heat).
Now, the slightly uncomfortable part. Slide the open cavity of the chicken onto the beer can, and balance it using the legs (this is much easier than you might expect).
OK, so with the other burners on medium/high heat (except the one underneath the actual beer can/chicken), close the grill and monitor the internal temperature. You want to keep it in the 360 to 380 range, to the degree you can. I kept on having to turn the other burners lower.
I keep a small bowl of olive oil with salt/pepper near the grill, and baste every 20 minutes or so.
Keep the chicken on the grill for about an hour and fifteen minutes, or more importantly, until the breast temperature hits 165, and the thigh temperature hits 180.
This recipe is actually really simple, and is definitely a great way to make moist chicken. Enjoy!
Ken Natori, aka, The Josie Girl’s hubby