Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Shopping Trip - 6/21 & BBQ whole chicken

This week's shopping trip was done a bit later due to our exciting weekend away from home. This weekend (6/19 to be exact) was our one year wedding anniversary, which we decided to take a little local vacation to the Delta King. We stayed there on our wedding night and decided to make it a yearly tradition to go back. A small money-saving tip for this hotel; Do not book it using their website, book it through Expedia or a traveling site. We save over 50% of the price of the room. So here is this week's Menu.

Sun: Anniversary Dinner
Mon: Leftover Tuna noodle Casserole (Made Saturday)
Tue: Leftover Tuna noodle Casserole
Wed: Easy Orange Chicken
Thur: Leftovers
Fri: Thai chicken w/ Peanut sauce
Sat: Leftovers

Last week's menu once again was pushed forward into this week for two reasons. The first being that a very large beer can chicken actually lasted us three meals instead of just one. The other reason is that my grandparents took Jess and I out to dinner for our anniversary in the middle of the week, saving us a whole meal. This week's shopping trip could have potentially been under $30, but we decided to take advantage of the cheaper week and buy some other misc. items we needed or wanted.

Breakfast: Cottage Cheese, milk, eggs, bananas, English Muffins, V-8 Vegetable juice

Lunch:
(still had lunch meat) Sliced Cheese, Pudding, Top Ramen, Apples, Oranges, Bread

Dinner: 3# bag frozen chicken breasts, Soy Sauce, ginger (see Thai Chicken)

Misc: Cranberry Juice (w/ hint of lime. good stuff), Baker's Joy, Band-aids, Cat litter, Barbasol, Carmex, Doggie poop bags.

We Bought 28 items and spent 47.72 = average $1.70/item

I was surprised we stayed under our $2.00 ratio this week, but somehow still did it. We decided to buy a small box of litter, since we go shopping every week and there is no reason to keep a huge box around the house. The V-8 Juice I used to drink regularly and could tell a difference in my energy and general "feel good" sense through out the day. I recommend trying it for a week and see if you feel different. I put in a link to baker's Joy because this. stuff. is. awesome. Yet another item that Alton Brown lives by.

P.S. The beer can chicken turned out awesome. Below is the recipe for the BBQ chicken rub I used on the inside and outside of the chicken, along with how to cook a great chicken on the BBQ.

Barbecue Rub:
1/4 Cup Coarse salt
1/4 cup brown sugar (light or dark, preferably dark, doesn't burn as easy)
1/4 cup paprika
2 tbsp black pepper

- Mix it all together and store in an airtight container. makes enough for probably three chickens. Instead of the paprika I used a great mesquite seasoning mix from Cost plus world market.

- For the Chicken itself, remove all of the "parts" from inside, sprinkle the seasoning inside and rub it on the outside (with the skin on).
- Empty (or drink) half of the beer, then add some seasoning in the can. I added some minced garlic as well. Pop two more holes in the top of the can with a church-key. Lower the bird onto the Beer can. i was able to put the chicken directly on the grill by hand, but you can probably use large tongs. The can stayed securely in the chicken without me having to hold it in while putting it on the grill.
- To cook the bird you are going to use indirect heat on the grill, which on my gas grill meant turning on the two outside burners and leaving the center burner off. heat the BBQ to about 400 degrees and place the bird in the middle of the grill, or the side if you only have two burners, just not directly over the heat source. for Charcoal, same idea, just push the charcoal around the edge of the grill and place the bird in the middle. You will have to add new coals during the cooking process.
-I used a digital thermometer with a probe into the thickest meat of the breast. My thermometer has an alert for when the meat gets to the desire temp, which took about 1:15. If the skin on the bird begins to get to dark or dry, you can loosely tent a piece of aluminum foil over it.

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