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CHICKEN WITH WHITE BEER

  Date: May 24, 2014
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This recipe was in the latest copy of the Big Green Egg Lifestyle v04/14. magazine and appealed to me on many levels. It was essentially a beer can chicken set in a bed of vegetables. I liked the idea of a one pot meal, I liked some of the different ways they had of cooking the veggies, Beer Can Chicken is always good, and the beer was a Belgian White Beer and I like wheat type beers. But and this was a big but...one beer can chicken was not going to feed 4 or 5 people. So I looked to see if my 2 Weber poultry stands would fit inside a foil roast pan that would in turn fit in my Big Green Egg. The initial answer was no. While the foil roaster pan (just) fit on the Egg, The Weber poultry stands would not quite fit and lay flat in the foil pan. I set one stand flat and pushed the other one carefully to see if I could get it to lay flat and in the process reform the shape of the pan slightly. My modifications worked and I could make two chickens on one Egg. This freed up the second Egg to use for rolls and dessert. As for the veggies, I almost doubled up on them. I bought almost twice as much and rounded down. The cook went uneventfully and in the 90 minutes I expected, not the 45 minutes the recipe said. The skin didn't brown up as much as I expected. I think this is due to all of the beer in the drip pan creating a steamy environment not as conducive to browning. You also need to make sure the chickens are elevated up out of the veggies so the bottom portion of the chickens will cook fully. The end results were excellent. The chicken was moist and tasty and everyone kept raving about the veggies. If I was to do this again I would go maybe 1.5 or 1.33x on the veggies. There were more veggies than meat, but people were happy to take the veggies only home to use as a leftover.
Recipe Source:
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Big Green Egg Lifestyle v04/14:
Farm-Fresh Chicken with White Beer - Page 25

This recipe can also be found in the online version of the publication:
Big Green Egg Lifestyle v04/14
Grill:
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Indirect Grilled:

Using the Big Green Egg Kamado Cooker.
Gear:
  • BGE Plate Setter (Legs Up)
  • BGE Cast Iron Grill Grid
  • Maverick ET-732 Remote Read Thermometer
  • SR 19" Locking Tongs
  • Disposable Foil Pan
  • Weber Poultry Stand (x2)
  • Wicked Good Weekend Warrior Lump Charcoal