Editors Note: As my friend Evo Diva is into biology and all that crazy science/animal shit, I’m not surprised that she sent me a meal consisting of shoving something up a chicken’s ass. I mean when you spend your days studying fish fucking, nothing can really bother you in the kitchen.
Since my usual weeknight meal consists of a salad, stir fry, or grilled cheese, I like to take Sunday to prepare a heartfelt home cooked meal. When searching the freezer last Sunday, I came across a small whole chicken desperately in need of cooking.
I had purchased this with the intent to shove it full of the usual stuffing and serve it with a side of mashed potatoes and gravy. But with the holidays only two months behind us, I was still sick of that typical fowl prep. With summer right around the corner, I was longing for a backyard with a grill but alas, not even a balcony adorns this condo in the burbs.
Needless to say, I was at a loss for how to cook this neglected bird. A call home to small-town Pennsylvania (where the public schools get a day off for the first day of deer hunting season) was in order. Mom suggested my dad’s newest specialty: “Now that we have an empty nest, you wouldn’t believe what we have time to do!”If you haven’t had the pleasure of shoving a can of beer into the body cavity of a chicken, you don’t know what you’re missing . Combining the ultimate food staple with the ultimate beverage staple: It’s brilliant! Dad got me started with this one but I made my own adjustments; his are striked-out (don’t be mad!)
Clean the bird as usual and cover with vegetable olive oil.
Pour out Drink 1/3 of a can of Old Milwaukee Miller Lite. Note: I completely emptied the Miller Lite and replaced with a more flavorful New Castle we had in the fridge (bottles don’t work in the oven – gotta pour it into the can!). This was a great excuse to have a good ol’ fashioned chugging contest with the boyf.
Season the bird with lemon pepper seasoning whatever you have around the house. I used fresh garlic and parsley, dried thyme, salt and pepper. Also place some of the herbs and spices into the beer can.
Cook in oven for 90 minutes at 350° or Grill over indirect heat until meat thermometer reads 180°.
And last but not least, don’t forget to take the can out of the bird…unless your dinner guests are goats…which is not unheard of in them-there parts where this dish is a delicacy.