It’s Memorial Day, the first official day of the grilling season. Don’t get me wrong; we grill all year. But summer is official. So we started off the season with Dr Pepper Can Grilled Chicken. Some people make their own chicken can stand, but we bought ours at Wal-Mart.
In the pictures below, you may notice that the can is a Throwback Mountain Dew can. We had a 2-liter bottle of Dr Pepper, and Jorge had just finished pouring a can of Mountain Dew, so he poured the Dr Pepper into the Mountain Dew can. I’m sure this will be viewed as a sacrilege by fans of both drinks, but that’s the way we roll around here.
DR PEPPER GRILLED CHICKEN
1 whole chicken
1 can of Dr Pepper
1 packet Goya Sazon con Culantro Y Achiote
Goya Adobo con Pimiento
Spray chicken lightly with olive oil cooking spray. Rub Sazon into chicken skin. Season inside and outside of chicken with Adobo and paprika to taste. Pour half of Dr Pepper into glass with ice; you can drink this while grilling. : ) Place can into chicken can stand (I just realized how funny that sounds) and secure chicken onto can. Assuming that you are using a gas grill, heat grill to medium high and cook chicken using indirect heat to avoid flare-ups.
Cook approximately 90 minutes, or until meat thermometer registers at least 180 degrees at thickest part of thigh.
Now, I am aware that many people use Coca-Cola or beer, but we really prefer Dr Pepper. Of course, the fact that I am a lifelong “Pepper” and usually have it on hand could have something to do with that.
MUSIC TO COOK BY
Until next time, Happy Cooking! : )
Summer afternoon — summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language. – Henry James