Raichlen's goal is to encourage grillers to have fun and use their imagination, and he presents 74 "offbeat recipes" as starting points. Notable selections include Beer-Can Turkey, which requires a giant 32-ounce can of Foster's to do the job; Welder's Chicken, a stewing hen wrapped in aluminum foil and turned with welder's gloves; Dirty Steaks, cooked right on the coals; and Diabolical Chicken, soaked with spicy French mustard and which Raichlen makes "whenever I'm short on time or fancy ingredients but want to impress the hell out of my guests." There are also recipes for "beerless birds" (Ginger Ale Chicken, Black Cherry Soda Chicken), side dishes, and desserts, as well as info on grilling techniques and equipment.
A chicken straddling a beer can, at the very least, makes a great conversation piece at an outdoor beer bash. Raichlen's most helpful hint? Make sure the beer can is open before putting it on the grill. --Andy Boynton
We love beer can chicken - it comes out with such moist meat, and a lovely skin, with loads of flavour and this is my go to recipe book for beer can chicken recipes. Read morePublished 12 months ago by onyxnox, crocheting fanatic
It's a great book to receive and give. The chicken turns out so moist & delicious and Steven Raichlen provides a great starting point to experiment on your own. Read morePublished on Nov. 24 2009 by Mrs. M
This is not Steven's best book, but it is a good addition to any serious grill cooks library. Some of the recipes are quite tasty! Read morePublished on June 24 2003 by BriSN