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The first time I saw someone stick a can inside a chicken and cook it, I’m pretty sure I doubled over laughing. I mean, is it not the most ridiculous-looking thing on the planet? It’s a chicken. Standing up. On a beer.
But then I took one taste, and I didn’t care how silly it looked while cooking—that was a dang good chicken! By cooking the chicken on a can of your favorite beer (or hard cider—like I do here—or honestly, any liquid in a can), you not only keep the chicken moist and juicy, but you also get to impart all kinds of delicious flavor into every meaty bite. You also get to drink half a beer while you’re cooking (it’s part of the recipe!), which I’m not mad about.
You can follow this method in the regular ole oven, but I highly recommend taking out the top rack of your grill (if you have one) and trying it in there. The combo of the smoky flavor from the grill plus the beer and my sweet and spicy dry rub makes for a chicken that you just can’t stop eating.
Of course, how good your final product turns out depends entirely on how high-quality your chicken was to begin with. That’s one of the reasons I love to hit up the Meijer meat department!
Meijer carries a wide range of super high-quality meat. You can get grass-fed beef, wild-caught fish, and organic, non-GMO, free-range chicken, like this whole chicken I used here from Katie’s Best Chicken. Just like with Meijer’s commitment to partnering with local Midwestern farms when it comes to their produce, that commitment to Midwestern farms extends to their meat department, too. Katie’s Best Chicken is a local Indiana company, which makes me a happy Hoosier! Katie’s Best organic chicken thighs, organic breasts, and organic whole fryers are in frequent rotation in our house—and I’ve always been super happy with the quality and the price. Read the post »