Today is Friday and I’m really excited. Not only because the weekend is here, but because tonight is our first official Man Dinner in Ottawa. This is an event we created back in 2007 during our university days at Bishop’s, which we have perfected over time. The rules are simple. Man Dinner is a guys only potluck style dinner where everyone brings a meat focused dish. No salad, no girlfriends, no vodka cranberries. Contributions usually include meatballs, ribs, sausages, chili, pulled pork, etc. We then sit around, drink beer, smoke cigars, watch hockey and eat meat. Very manly, I know. Think of it as a guy’s version of when girls get together, paint their nails, drink martinis and watch Sex in the City.
Since I graduated from Bishop’s back in June of 2010 we have yet to have a Man Dinner, and to be honest, I miss it. My buddy Brad and I have been talking about it a lot in the past few weeks, and finally we decided to plan it out – and we couldn’t be more excited for our inaugural Ottawa Man Dinner. In anticipation for the event, I went to the grocery store for inspiration. Whole chickens were on sale. Score. After purchasing a $5 bird, I headed off to Canadian Tire to buy a beer can chicken holder. Unfortunately, according to our lease we are not allowed to have a barbeque on our balcony so this bird will have to roast in the oven.
I must admit, I’ve cooked chicken a million times (okay, maybe a few hundred times) but I’ve never made a beer can chicken. Challenge accepted. My goal is to make it moist, full of flavor, with a bit of kick. After some Googling, I’ve combined 4 or 5 recipes to make my own. Here’s what you’re gonna need for my beer can chicken:
Beer Can Chicken
7 Steam Whistle tall cans (1 for chicken, 6 for me)
1 whole chicken
2 tbsp Olive Oil
Chicken Rub (see below)
1 large red onion
2 yellow or sweet potatoes
4 large carrots
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp fresh cracked pepper
1 tsp crushed chili flakes
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp cayenne pepper
2 tsp smoked paprika
2 tsp brown sugar
2 gloves garlic, minced
To start, mix the chicken rub spices and garlic together in a small bowl. Squeeze the juice of ½ of the lime in with the spices, save the other half for later.
Thoroughly rub the chicken with the olive oil followed by the majority of the chicken rub (save a small amount). I let this marinate overnight.
Preheat oven to 350F. Peel the potatoes and carrots and cut into 1 inch thick cubes. Slice red onion into similar chunks. Place veggies in a roasting pan, leave room in the center for the beer can chicken holder. Cut the top off the can of Steam Whistle, and pour about 1/3 over the veggies. Sprinkle the remaining rub from the chicken into the can of beer.
Place the 2/3 full can of Steam Whistle into the holder and mount the chicken over both. Plug the neck of the chicken with the other half of the lime.
Bake for 1-1 ½ hours, or until internal temperature reaches about 170F. Remove from oven and let sit for about 10 minutes.
Carve, serve and enjoy with your other Steam Whistle brews. And yes, the inaugural Ottawa Man Dinner was a success.