Archive for June, 2010

Blue Moon Roasted Chicken

Friday, June 25th, 2010
At a recent cooking class I learned about brining and how much it can add to the flavor of what you’re grilling. I decided to try it out myself and blog the experience. To start out I got one whole chicken and brined it for about three hours. You can add all kinds of stuff to your brine, but since this was my first time I went pretty basic. My brine consisted of 1 gallon of water, 3/4 cup salt, and 3/4 cup pure sugar mixed together. Just place the brine and the meat into a large contained and let sit. You can brine anywhere from an hour to overnight.

Once the bird was done  brining I took it out and dried it off. I then very carefully removed the back bone and split the breast bone to get the chicken to lay flat.

brined chicken cut flat for grill

The night before we had been given some special Blue Moon seasoning and we decided to give it a shot. You could use it either as a rub or a marinade.

special seasoning - with orange, corriander, cumin, etc.

We decided to try it as a marinade, but had to substitute some of the ingredients it called for.

Their recipe:

8 tbs. Blue Moon Spice Rub (Equivalent to 1 bag)

2 tbs. Olive Oil

2 tbs. Orange Juice Concentrate

2 tbs. Blue Moon Beer

Our recipe:

1 bag Blue Moon Spice Rub

2 tbs. Olive Oil

3 tbs. Orange Juice

2 tbs. Bud Light Honey Wheat

marinade ingredients

Once the marinade was ready we put it and the chicken into a large zip-lock bag and let it marinade for about 2 hours.

whole chicken with marinade

after 2 hours

We then took the chicken out of the marinade and dried it off a bit before putting it onto the EGG.

ready for the grill!

I had the EGG heated up to about 300 degree and set-up for direct heat. I put the bird on breast side down hoping to get the skin crispy.

start out breat down over direct heat

make sure to get all those juices on there

I let the chicken cook like this for about 12 minutes before I flipped it. In hindsight I probably could have let it go a bit longed on that side and gotten the skin a bit more like I wanted it. Either way this was still looking pretty good.

halfway there!

When I flipped the chicken I also threw some asparagus on the EGG to steam in aluminum foil. This gives the asparagus a nice smokey flavor.

smells amazing!

Twenty minutes later everything was done. When I pulled the chicken off the grill it was so tender that one of the legs almost fell right off.

falling apart it's so tender!

I can honestly say that this is probably one of the best chickens I have ever had. I didn’t think chicken could be so juicy. The flavor from the marinade worked wonderfully with the meat and you could taste it throughout. The two us picked this bird clean in no time. It’s definitely something I would recommend and try again.

Pulled Pork Pizza Tacos

Friday, June 18th, 2010

I started out with some leftover pulled pork and small white corn torillas.

White Corn Torillas

Then covered the torillas using bbq sauce like you would on a pizza.

tortillas with bbq sauce

From there I coved them in mozzarella cheese and the pulled pork.

with shredded mozzarella cheese

ready for the EGG

The EGG was set-up for indirect heat at about 350 degrees and with the pizza stone.

almost there!

The pizzas needed to cook for just about 5 mintutes and were ready to come off.

Ready to come off the EGG!

These are delicious!! The corn torilla gets a bit crunchy, so it’s like a taco, but has this delicious bbq flavor from the grill and pulled pork. I suppose you could serve them with lettuce, tomato, and sour cream to make them more taco(ey), but quite honestly they are great just as they are.

just fold and eat!

Enjoy!

Grilled Banana Dessert Goodness

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

Since the EGG was still hot after our pulled pork dinner we decided to try something different for dessert.

Slightly Warm EGG

I took two ripe bananas, cut the ends off, and cut them lengthwise down the middle.

Preparing bananas

Leaving the peel on, I then put the bananas on the EGG peel down.

Onto the grill!

I let them cook for about five to seven minutes. You can tell when they’re done as the peel will start to seperate from the actual banana.

Almost ready to come off.

I pulled the bananas off the EGG and allowed to cool for just a few minutes.

Remove peel and allow to cool

Once they were cool we covered them in a peanut butter/dark chocolate mixture we found at the store. Nutella would also work for this and be tasty if you like Hazelnut.

Cover in chocolate/peanut butter mix

These are absolutely delicious! They’re super easy to make, feel really indulgent and actually aren’t all that bad for you. That is unless you eat them with ice cream…which I totally recommend. :)