Even if you don’t drink beer
I don’t really drink much in the way of beer, but in this weather, you have to admit it’s a great thirst quencher. There are so many to choose from these days and with hubby a maker and competition winner a few years back, well, I have to taste test them all. 😉 Try beer can chicken, it’s easy and tastes great.
Speaking of a few years back, I decided to put on a degustation dinner revolving around beer for my beer making and drinking buddies. I cooked things with beer or matched beer to courses and did a lot of research into its history. I love putting on this type of event. I plate up food that makes my friends smile and I organise quick games for them to play between courses. They seem to have so much fun, I love it.
|BeerFeast 2009 The food|
|Menu was as follows|
|Beer & chilli peanut brittle|
|Pretzel – Brezel Danish Fondue|
|Bultarra Lamb spare ribs with truffled potato and a Raisin Beer Sauce|
|Beer Can Chicken Chicken served with a warm Salad with Beer Dressing|
|Red Cabbage, Apples and Sausage|
|Osso Bucco served with Wee Heavy Potatoes|
|German Beer Pudding, vanilla ice cream|
Beeramisu made with double choc stout
Matching Beer’s for the BeerFeast Menu
|BeerFeast the Beer|
|Three boys oyster stout|
|Kozel – chicken Bitberger – Lamb Fat Yack – Beef|
|Abbot or Newcastle brown ale|
|Blanche De Namur|
|Midara Brewery Honey wheat|
|coffee and if you can fit it in, any leftover beer|
Anyway, I thought I’d share one of the recipes from the night. It’s a bit of fun to do and serve, it all went down a treat. Great for our Aussie BBQ days. Here’re some photos of the night. Didn’t get around to taking many in the middle of the night, mainly before, and nearing the end.
I made everyone their very own chalkboard placemat. Lined the table with loads of beer bottles and peanuts of course. All the other bits of paper on the table are games to play, fun beer facts and beer jokes, cause you have to have some of those. 😉
Love these photos that Carol took
- 225 g butter
- 3 cloves garlic
- 10 g salt
- 15 g paprika sweet or smoked
- pepper to taste
- 1 can beer
- 1.8 kg whole chicken
- Preheat a Webber for low heat or oven to 150 c.
- In a small pan, melt 225 g butter. Mix in 1 tablespoon garlic salt, 1 tablespoon paprika, salt, and pepper.
- Discard ½ the beer, lol that's funny, leaving the remainder in the can. Add remaining butter, garlic, salt, paprika, and desired amount of pepper to the beer can. Brush some of the remaining butter on the outside of the can so it’s easier to remove later.
- Place the can on a disposable baking tray.
- Set the chicken on the can; inserting the can into the cavity of the chicken. Baste chicken with the remainder of the melted, seasoned butter.
- Place the baking tray with the beer/chicken on the prepared grill. Cook over low heat for up to 3 hours, or until internal temperature of chicken reaches 80 degrees °C.
- It will all depend on the amount of heat that’s in your Weber. I suggest a temperature probe inserted into the chicken (in a thick part of
flesh, making sure you don’t hit the can) to keep an eye on the temperature.