Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Beer Can Chicken & Beeritas

For those of you who have visited The Apron Goddesses and are interested in acquiring the recipe for Beer Can Chicken and Beeritas you are in luck! It so happens that I am making it for dinner tonight.

First, get yourself a whole chicken, whether you purchase it in a store or use one of your own is up to you, pull out the giblets and wash it. Pat it dry and add your favorite rub or use this one:

1/4 c. firmly packed brown sugar
1/4 c. sweet paprika
3 tbs. black pepper
3 tbs. coarse salt
1 tbs. hickory-smoked salt or more coarse salt
2 tsp. garlic powder
2 tsp. onion powder
2 tsp. celery seeds
1 tsp. cayenne pepper
Combine all ingredients and stir to mix. Store rub in airtight jar away from heat or light; it will keep for at least 6 months.

Next, empty 1/2 can of your favorite beer drink 1/2 a can of your favorite beer and put some of the rub in with the remaining beer. Get your chicken and proceed to rub the cavity and exterior as well as between the breasts and skin. Place the beer can into the cavity of the chicken and pull the legs forward to form a sort of tripod. Tuck the wings behind the chicken's back, as if said chicken was relaxing on a warm beach in Hawaii.

I usually BBQ at this point. I have a gas grill, so I turn off the middle burner and leave on the front and back burners at medium and cook it for 1 1/2 hours.

There are products that are helpful in standing the chicken up if you are so inclined to purchase them. You can find various styles at outdoor/camping stores such as Cabela's, Outdoor World, REI, etc. I just received one from a place called Tumbleweed Pottery which is used in the oven at 350 with the same cook time. It is called the Original Chicken Cooker. The one featured on the left is from Tumbleweed Pottery.

Now on to the Beeritas. All you need is 12 oz. can of Minute Maid Premium Limeade Frozen Concentrated, 1 bottle of Corona, 1 can of 7-UP and some Tequila. Pour the contents of the Limeade into a pitcher, followed by the 7-Up, and Corona. Use the can of Limeade and fill it with Tequila. Once in the pitcher, stir and pour yourself a nice refreshing drink on the rocks (salt is optional).

Now I'm off to share one of these lovely drinks with my sister-in-law, who lives next door and is the Apron Goddess! Cheers & Enjoy!

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Jeep Fun

Okay, about 3 years ago we purchased a Jeep Rubicon Unlimited. Jeff just had to have it because it was the LAST year Jeep was to make this particular style. We went to a dealership and he proceed to test drive one of the models on the lot. He liked it.......okay, he LOVED it. He test drove the silver, but told me "Suzi, this is going to be your Jeep, what color do you want?" So I think on it for a bit and come back with "Navy Blue". Nice color right? Well, Jeff checked with another dealer and was told they couldn't get blue so what is my next choice? I choose Forest Green, another nice color right? Again we are told that they couldn't find the green? So again I am asked what color would I prefer, at this point Jeff has made it abundantly clear that he REALLY likes the silver which I am not thrilled with. I tell him another color, a sandy color. Once more we are told that they can't find the color we have chosen, so Jeff comes home with a silver Jeep. I think he opted for the silver rather than look for any of my color options.

So I am now the proud owner of a SILVER Jeep. My first choice of off road vehicles would be an International Scout II, but I can deal with a Jeep. I have to admit it is fun to drive around, after all it is funny to see "A Man's Man" do a double take when they see a girl drive a Jeep on steroids.

Life with a Jeep is not all sh**s and giggles, there is the cleaning part. Which brings me to today. Jeff has been asking me since mid-November to "Please vacuum the Jeep so I can put the hard top on." Well, today after my run I proceed to vacuum and clean the Jeep with a bit of help from the husband. As I am vacuuming he is using his blower to eradicate as much dust and dirt as possible. Many would think that helpful. I, on the other hand, found it frustrating due to the dirt and dust being blown in my face and the fact that it was leaving more dirt for me to clean up after the initial clean up. Mind you this Jeep has been "cleaned" one other me. Now it is of my opinion that if 4 boys take it out and trash the interior, then they should do what they can to clean it out. Not the opinion of said 4 boys. Something is wrong with this picture. I think it is now my job, as a woman, to teach at least 3 of those boys the importance of cleaning after oneself. What do you think?