Thursday, January 17, 2008

Explore the wonderful pleasures of beer can chicken

Zen and the Art of Cooking Beer-Can Chicken by Cary Black was written to cook beer-can chicken with or without the beer-can. Sure you can use all the new fancy cooking devices if you want to, but if you don’t just grab a six pack and be at peace! Let the creative culinary vibrations of the Universe descend into your humble kitchen.

Here’s a sample recipe for your Zen enjoyment:

Kansas City Bar-B-Que Bird

Basic Stuff:

1 3 to 6 lb chicken
½ c. vegetable or olive oil
1 c. barbecue sauce


2 Tbs. brown sugar
2 Tbs. sweet or hot paprika
1 Tbs. Kosher or Sea salt
1 Tbs. chili powder
1 Tbs. garlic powder
1 Tbs. ground pepper to taste

Liquid Flavor essence:

32 oz. fine dark beer

Cooking Directions:

- place the bird on flavor tower.
- Using basting brush liberally paint the chicken with the liquid flavor essence.
- Generously apply the rub to the outside and the cavity of the bird.
- Add the beer to the flavor base.
- Cook in a conventional over at 350 degree F. for 1 ½ to 2 hours or until the drippings are clear and the leg quarters move easily in their joints.
- Using the basting brush, paint the bird with your barbecue sauce about one hour into the cooking.
- Drink the remaining 24 ounces of beer while the bird is cooking.
- Remove the cooked chicken from over and let stand five minutes, then serve.

Serve with coleslaw, baked beans, biscuits and fresh corn on the cob. Be sure to have plenty of beer hand and avoid any discussions regarding politics, religion or favorite football teams. Enjoy the sunlight and laughter of your friends as you share this fine traditional American meal.

Cary Black has written an absolutely mouthwatering book packed with beer can chicken recipes from around the world. It also includes expert information about brining and injecting that you will find in no other cookbook. The chicken recipes are great and he also includes some absolutely delectable desserts and accompaniments. The cartoons and humor make it a book that is actually fun to cook with

His guide to beer can chicken bliss covers subjects like The Chicakano Cooker, The Jazz on Continuous Infusion, Safety, Tips and Toodles, and four different types of cooking (gas, grilling, conventional ovens, and beer-can chicken). The book also includes recipes for over 20 types of ribs, brines and marinades, 20 different injection blends, over a dozen Zen chicken recipes, and a stellar assortment of appetizers, side dishes and deserts.

Have fun and feed your friends with simplicity, low fat, and good taste.

Zen and the Art of Beer Can Cooking
By Cary Black
Illustrated by Don Black

List $14.95
Paperback: 212 pages
Published by Red Owl Publications; 2nd edition
ISBN-10: 0975427911 ISBN-13: 978-0975427910