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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

September is National Chicken Month

September is National Chicken month

Chicken always tastes delicious on the grill.  Grilling in the backyard with family can always be so much fun. We play kickball while Grandpa cooks the food on the grill.  When it's all ready we all sit together at the Tiki Bar and eat, laugh and tell stories of our week. 

Here is a Yum Yum Yummy recipe for  Orange Grilled Beer Can Chicken

Prep Time 15 min
Total Time 1 hr 55 min
Servings 4

2 whole chickens (about 4 lbs each), Washed, dried and giblets removed
4 tsp olive oil
4-6 tbsp seasoned salt or dry rub of your choice
2 12oz cans of beer
4 cloves of garlic
2 oranges, each cut in half and 1 half cut into quarters

1) Heat gas or charcoal grill for indirect grilling. Rub chickens with oil. Sprinkle seasoned salt over each chicken and inside cavities.
2) Discard half of beer in each can, leaving remaining half in each can. Place 2 garlic cloves in each can. Place each chicken over top of the beer can by holding chicken up and pressing can into cavity. Place 1 quarter of orange in top cavity of each chicken. Insert oven proof meat thermometer in each chicken so top of thermometer is on thickest part of inside thigh muscle and does not touch bone.
3) Balance chickens on beer cans; Place on grill over indirect medium heat, Cover grill; cook about 1 hour 30 min. or until thermometers read at least 165 degrees F and legs move easily when lifted or twisted. 
4) Place orange halves and remaining quarters, flesh side down, directly on grill; cover and cook 3 to 5 min.
5) Remove chickens and oranges from grill; let chickens rest on beer cans 10-15 minutes before attempting to remove cans and carve chickens. Before serving, squeeze 2 of the orange halves over the tops of the chickens; serve others on the side.

Expert Tips
Make sure the chickens are not placed over direct heat on the grill. If you are using a gas grill, heat only one side of the grill. Then, place the chickens on the unheated side. If you are using a charcoal grill, push the hot coals to one side and cook the chickens on the other.

Here is a recipe for something for the adults at the Tiki Bar.

Watermelon Daiquiris

4 cups cubed watermelon
½ cup light rum or 2 ounces light rum
¼ cup fresh lime juice
¼ cup orange-flavored liqueur or Cointreau
Ice cubes made with chopped fruit or freeze pureed watermelon into ice cube trays

Freeze watermelon in a shallow pan at least 6 hours. Combine frozen watermelon, rum, lime juice, and orange-flavored liqueur in a blender.
Process until smooth, stopping once to scrape down sides.
Add enough ice to bring mixture to 5-cup level and process until smooth.
Repeat procedure, if necessary, until mixture measures 5 cups.