NO BEER FLAVOR?? So, then what the heck is the point?! Thus became the logic for me marinating the chicken first in some of the beer and lots of other yummy stuff before I let Mr. Chickie dangle rather uncomfortably (imagine you sitting on a little beer can for two hours!) on his toasty can. The marinade smelled so good that had it not had killer amounts of potential e-coli in it I would have drunk it with a straw. I have to admit, though, that at points I did feel uncomfortable as I checked on the chicken because it looked so...alive...sitting there that way, like an old man sitting in front of a T.V is the image that came to my mind (look at the picture and you'll see what I mean, head drooped over, drooling)- but I got over it when the delicious aroma hit me. So if you have no qualms about harassing a chicken with a beer can then make this chicken today!!
1 whole chicken
1 can beer
2 1/2 tsp crushed garlic
2 heaping Tbls whole grain Dijon mustard
4 Tbl brown sugar
2 Tbl oil
1 tsp dried thyme
salt and pepper
Combine one cup of the beer (save the rest and the can!) and the other marinade ingredients in a shallow pan. Marinate the chicken in it for a few hours or overnight. Place the can half full with beer in a roasting pan and sit the chicken firmly on the can. Roast at 350 for 2 hours basting occasionally if you want with the pan juices.
All lathered up and ready for the Beach:
All tanned and delicious- (sorry for the backside view!)