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Sunday, May 28, 2006

A traditional African recipe - beer can chicken


Here's a foolproof recipe for roast chicken if you don't have electricity or an oven..

You'll need:

1 chicken
1 can of beer
1 cardboard box
some tinfoil
a wood or coal-fired barbeque (braai to you southern Africans)

Take a good-sized gulp from your beer can so that about 75 per cent of the contents remain. Insert the can into the chicken's, errr, orifica (as per the picture) and carefully stand it up on your hot barbeque grill.

You want your coals to be about 10cm below the foul's feet. Next, cover the chook with a cardboard box lined with aluminium foil, shiny side facing in towards the chicken. The foil should overlap the edges of the box, which should be big enough to leave a gap of 10-15cm around the cooking chicken. Punch four hols in the top of the box, through both the cardboard and the foil, to allow the hot air to rise around the chicken (just like a convection oven).

Do nothing for an hour (except to check periodically that the chicken hasn't tumbled over, and that the coals are still hot). You'll know it's cooking OK by the sound and smell of fat dripping onto the hot coals and sizzling.

A regular size chicken takes between an hour and an hour-and-a-half to cook.

Warning: the only downside with this recipe is that the contents of the beer can are, sadly, undrinkable.

5 comments :

Jessica Rabbit said...

Waste of good beer if you ask me.
And I assume you wrote 'foul' on purpose! As opposed to fowl.

tonypark said...

oops, and I misspelt orifice

Bec of the Ladies Lounge said...

I picked up on the foul fowl but was giving you benefit of the doubt on 'orifica' - thought you might have been having a post-Marist Brothers Latin moment

Bec of the Ladies Lounge said...

I've just had a moment of desperate longing for boerwors. It makes so much sense to cook one big sausage and chop it up...I hear they sell it in St Ives. Any thoughts on good suppliers in Sydney?

Little Miss Moi said...

Dear tony. Also, you can braii a chook with a coke can. Super yummy, learnt that one from some zims. Was trying to tell some people here (in ukraine) about it, they just didn't get it. And they didn't know what a 'chook' was either.