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Useless Beer-can Chicken, Sisters and Friends

3rd August 2014
Posted by Gateway 97.8

I am all for inventive ideas but whent he gateway chef told me about this weeks recipe I simply had to ask him again about the beer can!! crazy but tastes spectacular!! try it!

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BBQ ‘beer-can’ chicken

4 tbsp light golden ale, plus 500ml/17floz to marinade the chicken, plus 300ml/10½fl oz light golden ale for roasting (reserve the empty beer can)

90g/3oz malt extract

½ tsp chilli powder

½ tsp English mustard powder

½ tsp crushed garlic

½ tsp smoked paprika

½ tsp muscovado sugar

1 x 2kg/4lb 4oz chicken, preferably free-range

160g/5½oz butter

pinch salt

Preparation method

For the chicken, mix four tablespoons of the ale, the malt extract, chilli powder, mustard, garlic, smoked paprika and sugar together in a bowl to make a paste.

Rub the paste all over the chicken and set aside to marinate for three hours. Pour over 500ml/18fl oz of ale and leave to marinade overnight

Preheat the barbecue (it is best to use a barbecue with a lid) or alternatively preheat the oven to 190C/375F/Gas 5.

Rinse the marinade off the chicken and pat dry. Carefully smear the butter under the chicken skin and over the thighs and season with salt. Pour the 300ml/10½fl oz ale into the reserved beer can, then carefully place the chicken onto the beer can, so that the chicken is sitting upright, with the can in its cavity.

Roast the chicken for 40-45 minutes, basting a couple of times. Remove the chicken from the barbecue or oven and set aside to rest for 15 minutes.

This weeks Totally Useless info!!

The first CD player went on sale in 1982.

Bugs Bunny first said “What’s up Doc?” in 1940.

Broccoli has twice the Vitamin C of an orange.

Winnie The Pooh’s real name is Edward The Bear.

Sliced bread was invented in 1930.

The first ever lightbulb had a bamboo filament.

Today is international…Friendship day

Friendship day was originally founded by Hallmark in 1919. It was intended to be a day for people to celebrate their friendship by sending eachother cards, but by 1940 the market had dried up, and eventually it died out completely. However, in 1998 Winnie the Pooh was named the world’s Ambassador of Friendship at the United Nations (believe it or not!), and in April 2011 the United Nations officially recognised 30th July as International Friendship Day; although most countries celebrate on the first Sunday of August!

According to the Friendship Day declaration, we are invited to “observe this day in an appropriate manner, in accordance with the culture and other appropriate circumstances or customs of their local, national and regional communities, including through education and public awareness-raising activities”.

Today is National…..Sisters Day

Sisters Day is your chance (if you have a sister, that is) to show your appreciation for that special family relationship. All siblings have the odd argument here and there, but deep down there’s little way around the natural bond of siblings.

Make this day a special celebration for your sister, by however you feel is best. If you don’t have a sister, you can still celebrate the friendships of sisterhood by having a girl’s night out!