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Jun 02, 2004

Chickenbutt, Part II | recipes?


On the subject of Chicken Butts, here's a photo of the Beer Butt Chicken Cooker, courtesy of TheGadgetSource.

In last Sunday's News & Observer, food writer Debbie Moose says, "Beer-can chicken is not, nor should it ever become, cuisine." but she still loves the stuff. Her directions (for use on a covered grill) are as such: "Get a whole chicken (about 4 pounds), push an open can of beer (pour off about half, first) inside, perch it upright on the grill and cook until it is done or the rest of the 12-pack is gone, whichever comes first. Rubs, marinades and sauces, even additions, such as garlic, to the can of beer, are optional frills."

Options include using tomato juice, apple juice, soda, or some other liquid for the infusion.

When I was a kid, my Aunt Nell dated a Salvadoran chef who worked at one of the big DC hotels (the Hyatt, I think), and he made the best Thanksgiving Turkey we'd ever eaten, stuffing the bird with various vegetables that pushed tons of moisture and flavoring into the meat. What's more, he made an incredible white gravy that I've never tasted, since. It's a shame that he didn't stay in the family for longer. Damn.

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i think there's a mistake in the directions. i believe it should read: drink about half first before shoving it up the rump. i mean, really.

so, now i'm relieved to see how you tied 'chicken' and 'crack' together for a blog entry. and no, i'm not psychic. now my next question for you is this: do you know anything about chicken and waffles? Because, out here in AZ, we just don't get it.

Posted by: yoj | Jun 2, 2004 1:06:02 AM

Hello Joy -- what an observant reader you are!

But indeed, the writer has her reasons for instructing that way: she doesn't drink canned beer. Though, to be fair, she later discusses how you can pour out the whole can of beer, replacing half the volume with better beer from a bottle. Actually, now that I think of it, there are other beer inconsistencies in her article (including one where she mentions an "aluminum petard." If you read the article, you'll see... She's a damned snob, and inconsistent, too.

Posted by: | Jun 2, 2004 11:03:56 AM

while i agree that there's not much good beer in cans, how good does it have to be to baste the inside of a chicken really?
i thought that chicken and waffles was a west coast thing. maybe it's california only. (my all-time fave chicken & waffles reference is the Roscoe's commercial they shoot in the movie Tapeheads)

Posted by: georg | Jun 2, 2004 11:19:41 AM

heh. heh. not a fan of canned beer myself. i may be observant, but not very quick. and georg, while i'm aware of roscoe's notoriety re: chicken and waffles i've always understood its origins to be southern. i could be wrong, though.

Posted by: joy | Jun 2, 2004 11:38:26 AM

according to this website New York is the home of chicken and waffles. http://www.gti.net/mocolib1/kid/foodmeats.html#chicken&waffles

Posted by: joy | Jun 2, 2004 11:48:04 AM

OK, all this badmouthing of canned beer has to stop NOW. In the immortal words of Frank Booth (a.k.a. Dennis Hopper in David Lynch's Blue Velvet), "Heineken?! Fuck that shit! Pabst! Blue! Ribbon!"

Word up, Frank. Word muthafuckin up.

Posted by: Fikri | Jun 2, 2004 3:17:34 PM

my sister-in-law actually had a lot to do with the publishing of the "barbecue bible" from workman, where that recipe originated. yay, relatives! i've had beer can chicken a number of times, and it really is delicious!

Posted by: E | Jun 2, 2004 4:02:59 PM

Funny that Fik should mention Dennis Hopper and products in films. Hopper is starring in a new "integrated marketing movie" to advertise the Pontiac GTO. I just heard about it on the radio, and here's an accompanying press release (excerpt):

Published: Wednesday, March 17, 2004

USA Network Revs Up "The Last Ride"

LOS ANGELES -- USA Network announced today that pre-production is underway on "The Last Ride," a two-hour original film that represents an unprecedented integrated marketing opportunity for USA Network and Pontiac, a division of General Motors.

"The Last Ride" is executive produced by Rob Cohen ("The Fast and the Furious," "xXx," Sony's upcoming "Stealth"), Bruce Mellon ("The Skulls," "Cruel Intentions"), and Angela Mancuso ("Spartacus," "Helen of Troy"). Guy Norman Bee ("Las Vegas," "Threat Matrix," "Alias," "Fastlane") is directing the script written by Ron McGee ("Atomic Twister," "Don't Look Down"). Stu Segall Productions, Inc. is the production company, and the distributor is USA Cable Entertainment LLC.

"The Last Ride" is an action-packed, wild ride that comes full circle. When a notorious convict is paroled, three generations of men are fueled by rebellion and driven by revenge as they confront ghosts from their past. The Pontiac GTO, in both its classic and modern forms, provides a catalyst in bringing the family together.

Posted by: Phil | Jun 2, 2004 4:46:57 PM