Sunday, August 31, 2008

Beer Pan Chicken

Tonight’s dinner is Beer Pan Chicken, that’s right, not beer can, beer pan. You won’t find a beer can in my house, ever, I think beer should be served in bottles. Besides, Cooks Illustrated has tested this and they say that it is better to pour the beer in a pan under the chicken.
Start out by rubbing the chicken with your favorite rub, I used John Henry’s Pecan Rub for this one.

Set up the beer can holder in a metal pie pan, and pour in half a beer, I used Red Stripe because it was on sale.

Stand the chicken on the beer can holder.

For a little wood smoke flavor, I used Orange wood pellets in the BBQR’s Delight cast iron smoke box.

Light a full chimney of charcoal.

Assemble the smoker without the water pan, and place the chicken on the top rack.

Adjust your vents to get the temperature between 325 and 350 degrees.

Cook the chicken until the temp hits 160 degrees.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Pizza On The Grill

Tonight I cooked a pizza on a Weber Performer.

The crust is the one demonstrated in these videos:

I made up a batch of crust ahead of time, and freeze in 10 oz. doughballs.

the doughball is formed into a 12" pizza skin.

A #10 can of Charcoal is lit on the gas assist on the Performer.

Set the grill up for indirect grilling.

Grill the pizza skin on on
e side only, placing the skin on oiled parchment paper makes it easier to transfer to the grill. place the skin so that half or so is over the coals, and rotate every 30 seconds until done.

Add your favorite toppings, and return to the grill, place pizza with half of the pizza over the hot coals, turn every minute or so. The pizza should cook in 6 - 12 minutes depending on your fire.