Monday, August 19, 2013

Date Night Dinner: Grilled Beer Can Chicken

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Summer family vacations were something I'd look forward to every year, from the time I was young, until today.  Last year, with the wedding, we didn't end up taking a vacation together.  This year, it looked again like everyone was going to be too busy to find some time to take off from work and devote to a family holiday.  So no one was happier than me when Mom and Dad suggested a long weekend away from the city.

They rented a beautiful log cabin in Windham, NY (a ski resort town) which was big enough for all of us - everyone could come and go as their schedules allowed.  We were lucky that everyone ended up being able to get away for 4 nights out of the 5.  Since Mom and Dad were hosting (aka spending their hard earned money on the vacation house), it was up to the kids to cook!  What more could a little blogger ask for?

K&E, true to form, cooked up tasty tacos; M&M tried out their kitchen skills with tasty steak and chicken stirfrys, and we cooked up a "farm fresh summer feast".  Because of course, I had to drive myself insane by wanting to cook a 4-course meal.  John, calm as ever, agreed to help and endured last minute freak-outs, trips to the store, and even, a trip to a local grocery "mart" with me to finish it up but finally...our dinner was ready.  The star of the show were these chickens.
Grilled Beer Can Chicken (adapted from The Neelys)
Serves:  12 (2 chickens)
2 tablespoons paprika
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon cumin
2 teaspoons dried italian seasoning
2 teaspoons black pepper
2 chickens, gizzards removed
2-12 ounce cans of beer (we used Brooklyn Summer)

Preheat the grill to 350 degrees F.  In a small bowl, combine paprika, salt, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, cumin, italian seasoning, and black pepper.  Loosen the skin from the chicken and season between the skin and the meat in all parts of the chickens.  Also season the insides of the chickens and the skins.  Open the cans of beer and drink about 1/4 cup out of each.  Then, using a can opener, take off the top of the beer can so the entire can is open (please be EXTRA cautious!)

Carefully place the chickens on the opened beer cans.  Place each chicken on the grill in the center and cover.  Cook 60-90 minutes until chicken is cooked through.  Remove from the grill and let rest 5-10 minutes, prior to carving and serving.

Until the next time my oven is on...


  1. Now you're singing my song. I love me some beer can chicken. A couple of years ago I found a cast iron beer can chicken pan by Emeril. I love anything cast iron but I especially love this pan. You have inspired me to knock the dust off of it and try out this recipe. Looks wonderful Dani.


  2. تعد خدمات الاول في المدينة المنورة من افضل الخدمات في مجال التنظيف ومكافحة الحشرات لانها تتميز بجودة المنظفات المستخدمة وامهر عماله تعمل على انهاء مهامها على اكمل وجه وبنظافه ترضى العميل بالاضافة الى خدمة مكافحة الحشرات ورش المبيدات المتميزة لدينا
    تخزين اثاث بالرياض
    شركة غسيل شقق بالمدينة المنورة
    شركة تنظيف كنب بالمدينة المنورة
    افضل شركات تنظيف فلل بالمدينة المنورة

    احسن شركة نقل اثاث بالمدينة المنورة
    شركة كشف تسربات المياه بالمدينة المنورة
    شركة مكافحة الحشرات بالمدينة المنورة
    افضل شركة تنظيف خزانات بالمدينة المنورة
    افضل شركة غسيل خزانات بالرياض
    شركة تنظيف مكيفات بالرياض


  3. بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم عميلنا العزيز نحن نقدم افضل خدمات تنظيف المجالس والشقق بافضل انواع

    التنظيفات المشهود لها عالميا
    شركة تنظيف مجالس بالطائف
    شركة تنظيف مجالس بجازان
    شركة تنظيف مجالس بحائل
    ونحن فى خماتكم 24 ساعة على مدار الشهر


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