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Just in time for the long weekend: beer can chicken and a new Cave Tools product

26 May

This was such a fun meal to make!

It’s Memorial Day weekend this weekend, a time to remember all those who have given the ultimate sacrifice to their country, and to remember their families as well. Over the years I have had the opportunity to cover many Memorial Day remembrances for our local newspaper, and I am cognizant of the fact that this weekend is not just a long weekend made for cookouts and good times, but rather it is a time to remember and be thankful for our service men and women who lost their lives for our country. To them I am grateful.

While I take some time to reflect today, I thought I’d share a new product with you that we tried from Cave Tools. We are big fans of their products and have never tried one that we didn’t like. Although we are given the products to try for free, our opinions and experiences are our own and are not influenced in any way by the company. This product is a great one and I couldn’t wait to share it this weekend.

Recently we had the opportunity to try out the Beer Can Chicken roasting rack and vegetable spikes. We were very excited to give this new product a try, as the method of cooking a chicken over a can of beer was intriguing to us. When we opened the box, we learned that we could either cook the chicken on the grill or in the oven. We opted to try the oven method this time and to utilize the grill method the next time- and I can tell you, there will definitely be a next time!

It said to choose your favorite beer, so our local Narragansett beer was our first choice.

The directions instructed us to choose our favorite beer which we’d be pouring into the can-shaped container that came in the box. We have a great local beer, Narragansett, so that was our chosen beer.

My husband found a recipe online for a rub which he rubbed all over the chicken after he put it on top of the beer can. That recipe consisted of: 1/4 cup paprika, 2 tablespoons salt, 2 tablespoons white sugar, 2 tablespoons brown sugar, 2 tablespoons ground cumin, 2 tablespoons chili powder, and 2 tablespoons freshly ground black pepper.

Ready to eat!

We cooked our chicken in the oven until the temperature reached or exceeded 165 degrees, about an hour and a half. We opted to add baked potatoes to the stands which were included with the product and we were thrilled that there was absolutely no mess in our oven. We had placed the whole thing on a baking sheet covered in tin foil, just in case, but the tray included in the box contained any slight dripping that may have occurred.

The end result was amazing: fully cooked, tender, juicy chicken that was delicious and easy to make. This was such a different way for us to cook a chicken, and we would definitely do it again in the future. The entire product is dishwasher safe, so after dinner we loaded it in and cleanup was a breeze.

In my personal opinion, this would make a great Father’s Day gift for the men in your lives who seem to have everything and are looking for something fun to try over the summer months. I hope you’ll give it a try.

The mess was self-contained.

You can order this product two ways: through Amazon by following this link. or through the Cave Tools Website, utilizing the coupon code BEERCAN15 for an extra 15% off.

As with all Cave Tools product, they are high quality products that come with a lifetime guarantee. The product is made from stainless steel and the spikes can be used to hold ears of corn or potatoes, or anything else you can think of. The canister can be used for Beer, Wine, Cider, and any other liquid or herb combination you’d like to try.

Fully cooked!

Tender and juicy.

DONE!

A few of his favorite things

18 Jun

Don’s a great dad to his three daughters!

Happy Father’s Day to the best husband and father in the world! I know…I’m biased. I also know everyone thinks their husband is the best husband in the world! (And good for all of us who do!)

Don is a great teammate in the parenthood game. He’s my partner in every sense of the word, doing more than his share of whatever we need him to do.

One of his favorite things to do though, is cook. He loves to take requests and to cook the things we love.

The kids love coming home on Friday nights (his night to cook while we’re at Dance) to find out what surprises Daddy has cooked up (literally) for us all.

Their top favorite meal is nachos, followed by a close second of pizza and calzones.

Every once in a while, Don will get a craving of his own, and we’ll get an extra special meal from him.

So, I thought today, in honor of Father’s Day , which was just yesterday, I’d do a little photo spread of some of Don’s Favorite Things that he’s cooked up for us this past year.

Happy Father’s Day Don, and thanks for all you do!

Don’s calzones are the best around!

Nachos….a Friday night favorite!

Chicken parm, pasta and salad, thanks to Don’s craving one weekend!

Another Friday night dinner, and a special craving he had: Fish and Chips (homemade on both accounts) and a tomato/cucumber/olive salad. MMMMMMM….

My personal favorite Dinner By Don: Chicken Marsala!

And one of his own top favorite Don Meals: his chili