Summer is almost over. It can either be a sad time or one of the most wonderful times of the year, depending if you have kids or not. This means that we will soon be backing up our BBQ's and getting ready to brave another winter, but before we do that, lets enjoy this last week of summer holidays and BBQ! And besides there's nothing better than sitting on your back porch with a cold beer while BBQing, right?
A few years ago I worked at The Bay while I was "working" I noticed that they had a Beer butt chicken stand on sale where you could put in your own liquids/ingredients allowing you to use other beverages that come in a 350ml cans. I picked one up and the results have been amazing! Since I started home brewing I've been using my own beers/ciders and have been very happy with the results. That's something I really love about home brewing, not just being able to drink them but I get to cook with my own brews as well! (I used my black IPA, you can read about it here) This allows me a deeper understanding of the ingredients going into my food, a greater control over them, and makes me look like a badass.
You can make this recipe with any kind of liquid that goes well with chicken and oranges if IPA beer isn't your thing. However, the hops in the beer lend themselves to this recipe because its already citrusy. I would recommend replacing it with, if you need any ideas, ginger ale, any lager beer, or even orange juice. I served this with my BBQ Bread recipe and Brussel sprouts which made for a really great summer time meal.
IPA Beer Butt Chicken
1 Whole Roasting Chichen
1 Bottle/Can of your favourite IPA Beer
1 Orange Zested and Juiced
2 Teaspoon Freshly minced Ginger
2 Cloves of Garlic, minced
1/2 Teaspoon ground Clove
1/2 Teaspoon ground Allspice
1 Tablespoon Brown Sugar
Salt and Pepper to taste
In a small mixing bowl combine Orange zest, ginger, garlic, clove, allspice, brown sugar, salt and pepper, and mix well. Rub this mixture over the chicken, making sure you coat it everywhere! Let marinate for 2 hours.
Preheat BBQ on high heat. Pour beer and orange juice into BBQ stand and place chicken on it, or if you are using a beer can, drink enough beer so you can pour the orange juice into it. The spout/beer can goes up the cavity of the chicken, where you would stuff it if it were a turkey. Place chicken on the BBQ and cook on indirect heat. Cooking with indirect heat on a bbq means that on one side of your BBQ it is turned on while the other half isn't. You place the food items on the side of the BBQ that remains off. This turns your BBQ into an oven. Cook on high for 20 min, and then turn down to medium-low heat and cook for another 40 min or until the chicken is cooked through. Everyone's BBQ is different so you really have check it.
Once cooked take the chicken off the stand/beer can with tongs and let rest for 5-8 min and then carve and enjoy! The meat should come out tender, juicy, and flavourful! Enjoy with an IPA.