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    May 18, 2005

    Idol anyone?

    Anyone watching Idol this week? I am trying hard to get over my PMS and focus on other things...Like who's gonna get the boot tonight. With this show, you never can tell! We're down to the final 2 after tonight! Weeeee!
    So I had the day off today and since the cleaning fairy has obviously forgotten where I live, I've been doing the domestic thing today. Sorry folks, nothing exciting going on. Tonight for Idol night, we're having Beer Butt Chicken! Mmmmm!

    Ingredients:
    1 roasting chicken, approx. 4 pounds 1 12-ounce can beer (I use Lone Star. It's a Texas thing)
    ¼ C. Spice rub of your choice, plus 2 tbsp.
    Pam cooking spray


    Light charcoal or preheat gas grill to 350° F. You'll be cooking indirectly, so light only one side of the grill. Pour off a few ounces of the beer, no more than 1/3. If you're going to use wood chips, which I highly recommend, pour the beer over them and let them soak while you get everything else ready.


    Using a bottle opener or other suitable tool, carefully make two or three other holes in the top of the beer can to allow maximum vapor escape. Add 1 tbsp. Of the spice rub to the beer in the can. Remove excess fat from the chicken, then rub it down inside and out with the dry rub. Make sure to put plenty inside the body cavity and neck opening. Spray the outside of the can with cooking spray and set it in a shallow pan which will fit on your grill. Put the chicken onto the can slowly, and adjust the legs to make a "tripod" shape so the bird won't roll over.


    Carefully move the pan to the grill and place it away from the heat, for indirect cooking. If using wood chips, drain them and put them on the coals now, or in your smoker box on top of the burner.


    Roast until your probe thermometer reads 165° F. Deep in the breast meat. Remove from heat and allow to rest for at least 20 minutes before carving.


    NOTE: This CAN also be done in the oven. Start at 400° F. For 20 minutes, then reduce heat to 350° until done.

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