Thursday, July 10, 2014

Spicy Smoked Beer Can Chicken with Mexican Street Corn

So I obviously haven't had the most time to devote to the cooking part of my blog lately.  Ok, so I haven't had ANY time to devote to it.  Honestly, I've barely found the time and energy to cook at all, let alone come up with new and exciting dishes to share.  It's definitely been a group effort around here.  But this smoked chicken was too awesome not to share.  And it went so well with this Mexican street corn recipe.  Very yummy, very summery.  Perfect mid-July meal!  (Plus Peanut loved helping me prepare the corn!) Here's how Mama (with Michael's smoking expertise) makes it:

Spicy smoked beer can chicken

- 3.5 lb chicken
- 1 can cola or beer (we used cola this time)
Spice rub (recipe from, makes more than you'll need for this recipe)
- 3/4 t. Allspice
- 1.5 T. Salt
- 1 heaping T. Garlic powder
- 1 T. Sugar
- 1/2 t. Chipotle chili powder (can use regular chili powder)
- 1/4 t. Cloves
- 1/4 t. Dried thyme leaves
- 1.5 t. Black pepper
- 2 t. Cayenne pepper
- 1/2 t. Ground cinnamon


1.  Rinse chicken and pat dry. 

2.  In a small bowl, combine spices.  Rub spice mixture on outside of chicken. 

3.  Place chicken on top of open cola can, then place in smoker.  Cook at 225 degrees for 5 hours.  

For the Mexican street corn:

- 4 ears corn
- 3 T. Lite mayo
- 3 T. Nonfat Greek yogurt
- 2 t. Chili powder
- 1/4 t. Cayenne 
- 3/4 c. Grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 lime, quartered


1.  Find adorable little helper to help shuck the corn.

2.  Rinse corn, then soak in water and 1 T. Salt for ten minutes.  Preheat grill to medium-high heat.

3.  Grill corn for 8-12 minutes, turning ocassionally, until slightly charred and tender.  

4.  Meanwhile, mix mayo, yogurt, and spices.  When corn is done, spread over each ear, then sprinkle with Parmesan.  Serve with line wedges.

Enjoy by eating as fast as possible since we may have the only baby ever who isn't even content in a baby swing for more than 10-15 minutes.  Especially if she knows I'm eating.  But she sure is sweet...

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