June 03, 2011

Citrus Rubbed Coca-Cola Chicken

1 ~6-lb chicken (don't go too big, you want to be able to close the grill!)
1 open 12 oz can Coke
juice and zest of one orange
1 1/2 tablespoons lemon pepper seasoning
1 tablespoon Aleppo pepper
1 tablespoon dehydrated minced onion
1 teaspoon dried thyme
coarse kosher or sea salt

Place a foil bowl (buy a round foil tin or fashion one out of regular foil) under the center of the rack. Surround with coals. Place applewood chips in a foil packet (poke holes in it) or in a smoker box. Prep grill. Rub the chicken down with the juice and sprinkle with spices and zest. Place the can of soda in a can chicken roaster. Place the chicken over the cooker. Place on the grill, over the foil bowl.

Cover and cook until full cooked through, adding coals as needed to keep the heat constant. It should take about 1-1/2 hrs.

My thoughts:
Honestly, I have grown a bit tired of chicken. I got burnt out on it while writing my cookbook (lean protein!) and haven't wholly embraced it since. That hasn't stopped me from appreciating it when it is exceptionally well done and this was. It is literally the juiciest bit of chicken I think I have ever made, much less grilled. Smoky and citrus scented. Meltingly tender and, I did I mention? Super, super moist. I am sure the fact that the chicken was from our local poultry farm helped but the soda and rub really sealed in the juices. Yum!