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    Rosemary Rub Beer-Butt / Beer Can Chicken (W/ Bourbon)

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    2 hrs 20 mins

    20 mins

    2 hrs

    Kitten Stirfry's Note:

    This recipe changes a little every time I prepare it, but the foundation has been well received so far. I use a "McCormick" rosemary / garlic rub and a small bottle of "Jim Beam" bourbon as the rub. I like to use 2 whole chickens, and cook them on a "Cabelas" brand dual beer butt chicken stand. Also important, I usually drink heavily when I am making this great outdoor dish, so ratios tend to vary according to my mood at the time of preparation. I would recommend you create this dish to your taste preferences. Enjoy.

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    Serves: 6-8



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    1. 1
      Preheat grill to 375°F preferably indirect heat (the oven works sorta-ok too).
    2. 2
      Empty beer cans by 1/4 to 1/3, then set them into stand.
    3. 3
      Place chickens over beer cans (try and keep them from touching).
    4. 4
      Grind 1 cup rosemary & garlic seasoning into a powder. Melt 3/4 stick of butter. Mix in powdered seasoning. Pour concoction into a meat flavor injector. Inject chickens in the middle of the breasts, thighs, and legs.
    5. 5
      Have a whiskey, or two.
    6. 6
      Spritz the chickens with bourbon. Inside and out (I use a squirt bottle).
    7. 7
      Rub entire bare skin of chickens with leftover 1/4 butter.
    8. 8
      Rub the rest of the seasoning into entire skin of chickens (maybe grind some more of the seasoning down a little to help the rubbing action).
    9. 9
      Maybe another shot of whiskey to clear the throat and mind?.
    10. 10
      Place chickens onto covered, and preheated grill.
    11. 11
      Cook for 2 hours, Every 10-15 minutes spritz chickens with bourbon. (leave lid shut when you do this. Go through the back and side vent on lid of grill).
    12. 12
      Finish off with a nice glass of bourbon on the rocks.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on June 22, 2011


      Have not tried this yet. Thank you though for the laugh I had reading the directions I enjoyed them so much I sent this to my friend who also shares you apparent love of bourbon! I'm sure it will receive great reviews...... until then bottoms up :)

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    Nutritional Facts for Rosemary Rub Beer-Butt / Beer Can Chicken (W/ Bourbon)

    Serving Size: 1 (525 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 6

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 1496.6
    Calories from Fat 773
    Total Fat 85.9 g
    Saturated Fat 29.8 g
    Cholesterol 365.7 mg
    Sodium 443.8 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 4.2 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.0 g
    Sugars 0.0 g
    Protein 77.0 g

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