Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Boozy Bum Chickens with Homemade Cajun Seasoning

The week prior to Labor day I was intrigued by a new Irish chef named Donal Skehan.  I promptly checked my local library to see if they had a copy of one of his cookbooks.  They did!  They had his first cookbook called "Good Mood Food".  Donal says he isn't a chef but a home cook.  It shows in his recipes.  They are fresh, tasty, easy recipes perfect for my style of cooking. 

I actually found the recipe for Boozy Bum Chickens on his website.  It's really more of a technique than a recipe and it's not like I haven't heard of it before.  It is an American thing after all.  I just loved what he named his "Beer Can Chicken"and it sounded fantastic to barbeque for the upcoming holiday.It was outstanding!  I don't know why Jim and I haven't tried this method before but we won't stop now!  The chicken was so moist, juicy and tender!   

We poured out a little tiny bit of beer from our cans and put in a sqeeze of lime and a few sprigs of thyme leaves.  You could actually hear the beer boiling while it was cooking sending up all those aromatics to wonderfully infuse the chicken with amazing flavors.  I also took the liberty of making my own Cajun seasoning mix.  It's so easy and make s a HUGE difference in the taste.


Homemade Cajun Seasoning

(printable copy)

1/4 cup Paprika
2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. garlic powder
2 tsp. onion powder
2 tsp. cayenne 
1/2 tsp. white pepper
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. dried basil leaves
1/2 tsp. dried oregano leaves
1/2 tsp. dried thyme leaves
1 tsp. Colman's dry mustard
1/2 tsp. sugar

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and store in a jar with 
a tight seal.   Enough for two Boozy Bum Chickens!

While we were cooking the chickens on the grill, Jimmy, my mom and I were out in the backyard chatting away when we heard a ton of sirens coming our way.  There was a wildfire
in the neighborhood behind ours in a creek bed that runs behind our house.  We watched and were a little concerned because we kept getting little white things that looked like strings floating into our yard.  Turns out it was ash from the fire.  The last two weeks we have had wildfires all over Oklahoma and they have had some horribly devastating effects.  Luckily the firemen got our wildfire under control pretty quickly so there weren't any homes lost.  I'll I can say is a big THANK YOU to our firemen!  They do a fantastic job!

I hope you all have had a wonderful and safe Labor Day weekend and are looking forward to the Fall with all it's cool weather and Autumn colors.  I know I am!


  1. Yeah, that's a terrific name for the chicken! Glad you had a wonderful holiday and the fire was put out so quickly!

  2. That's some delicious sounding and looking chicken. Seems as though beer can chicken has been poo-pooed some lately, but I'm a big fan and will continue to be. Your seasoning sounds excellent.

  3. OMG, I am so into his website lately! That recipe looks so delicious.

  4. He's a cutie pie, and the chicken looks pretty good too! LOL!!! I'll have to give this a try soon, maybe this weekend! Thanks for another great recipe!

    Happy cooking!

  5. I made my version of Beer Butt Chicken on Labor Day with a rub similar to yours. Honestly, the chicken is just so darn tasty, and tender, done this way.

    Hope you stay out of harm's way with those fires!!

  6. Congrats! You're a Top Blogger at The Blog Entourage this week!:) Keep up the awesome blogging.

  7. That chicken has wonderful color and your seasoning sounds delicious. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...MAry


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