" I truly think it is best to be a robin lightly dressed concocting soup inside my nest" ~Maurice Sendak

Sittin' On The Can

We just returned from vacation to Ottawa and Montreal and I am finding it a bit hard to get back into the swing of things.

I guess I got a little lazy eating out at great restaurants and at friends throughout the week. Between the heat and still being in vacation mode I haven't been too enthusiastic about cooking until I came across a cool gadget called a vertical chicken roaster. I'm sure you all have heard of beer can chicken, where you take half a can of beer and place a whole chicken on top and put it on the barbecue. This is the same thing but with more stability. It is optional to use a can or not in the center. I think the chicken perched on the can looks quite comical.

My twin daughters created the barbecue sauce I used to baste the chicken. It has a bit of heat to it that blended well with the flavor of the beer I used in the can.

Vertical Roasted Beer Can Chicken with Spicy Sauce

  • 1- 3 to 4 pound chicken
  • half a can of beer
  • ~olive oil
Spicy Sauce
  • 8 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 4 Tbsp ketchup
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp southwest spice mix or chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp chipotle sauce
  • 1 tsp salt

Rinse and pat the chicken dry. Place over a half a can of beer or a vertical chicken roaster with the can of beer in the center. Rub with olive oil. Place on a barbecue preheated to medium. Roast for 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 half hour until until internal temperature reaches 180F. After the first half hour begin basting the chicken with the sauce. Using oven mitts remove roaster with chicken from barbecue and let stand for 10 minutes then carefully remove from the roaster.

Cut into serving pieces and serve immediately.

Wine Suggestion: Riesling


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