chickens and aprons

The other day I made beer can chicken. I only recently heard about this recipe. Basically, you take a whole chicken and sit it atop a half-full can of beer. You then barbecue the baby via indirect heat, and you get a very moist and tender chicken!
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We had to stick the foil-wrapped brick behind it because the chicken kept falling over (you’re supposed to use the can and legs in a tripod configuration). It was pretty tasty, and there was no mess! The only bad part was Deedle decided to rip the little grease catcher can from the barbecue and eat it.
Gabrielle, who is going to have a baby hopefully tomorrow, took the time to send a link to an apron pattern. It’s a Martha Stewart pattern but seems to be inspired by Japanese aprons (because how many original ideas can one person have?).

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14 Responses to chickens and aprons

  1. Gina says:

    Well, how many of those “original ideas” were actually Martha’s. I like the way the chicken looks like something that should have a hat on and maybe chewing tobacco.

  2. yoko says:

    Oh my gosh– I’ve been wanting to try that ever since I heard about it, but I don’t have a grill. I’m amazed to hear that it works!

  3. chris says:

    Mmmmm, beer can chicken . . . my friend Tom made this for us over the summer, and it was FABULOUS! Four of us actually almost came to blows fighting over the result, and the dog almost set herself on fire trying to get to the drips that came out of the grill while the chicken was cooking.

  4. Debbie says:

    Oooh, I’ve always wanted to try Beer-Can-Butt chicken! Glad to know that it really works. I’ll have to try it out soon.
    Oh, I also thought of you last night(okay, that sounds kinda creepy huh?) when I was at my local Japanese food take out place, and they had flan, blueberry and mango flavored marshmallows! Yay for Japanese candy! I didn’t buy any b/c I saw them after I had paid. But next time….!

  5. claudia says:

    My beer can chicken exploded. The can, not the chicken. Perhaps I need Remedial Beer-Can-Chicken class?

  6. monica says:

    My dogs love it when we grill. This would be doubly good for them since they love beer and grill grease!

  7. becky says:

    I have a pattern from one of the big 4 pattern companies from the 1960s that is very similar to the Japanese aprons. I guess I’d term it more of a smock than an apron.
    (and at the Goodwill I found an apron that appeared to be made from this same pattern, so I no longer need to make myself one!)

  8. amanda says:

    congrats on the chicken! here in louisiana we call it drunken chicken and it is quite popular. let us see the new apron when you have it sewn.

  9. Tracey says:

    The Martha Apron is ok, but not nearly as cute as yours! Keep working on a pattern, pleeeeease.

  10. sequinK says:

    Beer can chicken rocks!
    And here’s a link to some cute old-school apron patterns (not nearly as cute as yours, of course):

  11. Sara says:

    Your apron is cuter. Way cuter. I just got a pattern for vintage aprons (SImplicity?) and there’s one that is the full-body smock with criss cross straps in the back. It’s like the much prettier ruffled sister of the Martha version. I got cute yellow flowered vintage fabric to make them out of too!

  12. Debbie says:

    Aprons are highly underrated, in my opinion. I love being able to wipe my messy hands on myself without regret! Why do I have a hard time picturing Martha Stewart walking around with BBQ sauce handprints on her chest? I bet she keeps her aprons totally spotless.
    I have something that would go perfectly with your beer can chicken recipe. You could probably make a cool apron in this fashion!

  13. Mary says:

    That beer-can chicken looks like it should be a recipe in the Red Green cookbook (if there was one!). If you’ve never seen the show, it’s hilarious. On one show he used a metal toolbox duct-taped to a grill to make an entire meal. A closed can of gravy was put inside the tool box with the chicken and vegetables. When the can of gravy exploded (and covered the chicken) dinner was ready!!

  14. Chris says:

    Hi – you can actually find a Beer Can Chicken Holder at Walmart – basically just offers support to the beer can and some handles to more easily place and remove the whole thing! Happy Grilling!

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