Thursday, May 28, 2009

Drunken Chicken

Today is Foodie Friday! It is hosted by Designs by Gollum. Be sure to go by and see all of the participants of this most Tasty day of the week! This week's theme is cookout!
Here is a great cookout recipe for one of the moistest chicken you might ever cook. It's Drunken Chicken, easy enough for even an amateur to cook.

1 (3-pound) chicken
Seasoned salt
4 cloves minced garlic
salt and pepper
1 (12-ounce) can beer
1 sprig rosemary
*dry rub, if preferred (ingredietns below)

Preheat a charcoal grill over high heat. When the coals are hot and glowing, carefully push them over to the sides of the grill, leaving an open space in the middle of the grill. Wash and drain chicken. Coat the chicken inside and out with seasoned salt, salt, pepper, a dry rub if preferred and minced garlic. Open the can of beer and carefully insert a sprig of rosemary. ADD 2 TBSP rub to beer can. Then, place the beer can into the body cavity starting at the rear of the chicken. Carefully place the chicken on the center of the grill, facing 1 of the banks of the coals, making sure not to spill the beer. Cover the grill and cook until chicken is done, approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour, turning the chicken as necessary.

Gas Grill-Soak wood chips in bowl of water to cover for 15 minutes, then place chips in small aluminum tray and play tray directly on primary burner. Turn all burners to high and close lid, keeping grill covered until wood chips begin to smoke, about 15 minutes. Leave primary burner on high, and turn off all other burners. Place chickens (on cans) on cool part of grill.
Cover and grill until skin is well browned and very crisp, 40 to 60 minutes. Brush with ketchup glaze and grill, covered, until thigh meat registers 170 degrees on instant-read thermometer, about 20 minutes longer. Wearing oven mitts or using wad of paper towels, transfer chickens (still on cans) from grill to cutting board and let rest for 10 minutes. Hold base of can with oven mitt or wad of paper towels, insert tongs into neck cavity of chicken, and pull chicken off can. Carve and serve.

The chicken is done when the juice runs clear.

Serve chicken with favorite BBQ sides...and the remaining 5 beers-served ice cold. Smile.

Spice Rub
2 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
2 tablespoons paprika
1 tablespoon table salt
1 tablespoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Glaze, optional
2 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
2 tablespoons ketchup
2 tablespoons white vinegar
2 tablespoons beer
1 teaspoon hot sauce
1 Tbsp dry rub


Mari said...

This sounds wonderful! Do you think it could be done on a gas grill? We don't have a charcoal grill.

Chandy said...

Leigh, we have a version of this recipe in the Philippines. Directly translated, it's called,

"Lasing na Manok" (Drunken Chicken)

There, your first lesson in the Tagalog (Filipino) language!

Big Hugs, Chandy!

Mary said...

This looks terrific. I also like to use a can of lemonade to flavor the chicken. It's almost as good as beer.

PAT said...

I've wanted to try doing this and never have. Looks delicious, Leigh!

Anonymous said...

Ha!!! I just made this Thursday night and mine will be posted in a couple of weeks....Isn't it the best, we love it.

Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer said...

This is a fun one to make (especially if the guys watching the grill). I like Chandy's name for it..Happy Foodie Friday! Have a great weekend ~ Susan

Joycee said...

Yum, add corn on the cob and a good salad and your're done! My favorite time of the year is finally here, when Hubby does the grilling and my part takes 10 minutes!
joy c. at grannymountain

Leigh of Bloggeritaville said...

HI Mari! I updated to add gas grilling tips (yes, can be done, basically the same) as well as a dry rub and glaze-optional.

Chandy- I am going to work on that one! And what is great it can be used in so many ways. Not just for at the supper table. LIke when your out to eat and someone acts biligerant at the other table, I can call him a Laing na Monok and not cause trouble. Smile! I love that. Can't wait to learn more, my friend!

Mary, that is a great idea! I hadn't thought or heard of that. I am going to give that a try. Thanks!

Pat, give it a try...I am certain you will be pleased.

Terry, I will bet yours was good!Great minds think alike. And whats great consumption of a drunken chicken does not promote irrational or delayed behavior patterns. Though for some, they might have liked having a good excuse. LOL.

Susan-LOve it when the guys are "manning" the grill! You too have a wondeful weekend!

Joycee- I have to say that I LOVE grilled corn and I would throw some on. In fact there is a recipe on this blog for grilled corn, it can be found under vegtables. Now I am craving that....looks like another night of grilling. I LOVE grilling, like you, because hub's is the cook. I am just the prep.

Bev said...

That looks really good! Love grilling season!

Rita Kent at TesoroFino.Com said...

Another nice and healthy recipe which I have to try. I tried the beer can in the oven once and I don't know what I did wrong. I will give this a try on the grill and your directions are explicit enough to make it a success! Thanks for the healthy recipe! Head on over to my blog and browse a while, if you like what you see, click the "follow" button on the right so we can inspire one another often!

Joyce said...

Love to BBQ in the hot sticky summer months in the AM and then come back from the beach and have dinner already made. Sounds like a good one to try.

ButterYum said...

What a great recipe to try this time of year. Thanks for this post!

Cass @ That Old House said...

Oh wow we call this "Beer Can chicken:" and it is hilarious when you have several of them lined up on a big grille, like a chorus line.

I always wanted to put little outfits on them, but my husband says that is REALLY nuts.

Thanks -- great picture!

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