Coke-Butt Chicken is an odd name, I know. It's really called Beer-Butt Chicken but we didn't have any beer on hand (not really fond of the stuff) and Coke does such a great job of it anyway, why not? This recipe is one of my husband's specialties. He was the one adventurous enough to substitute the Coke for the beer and to figure out how to grill it so it turns out crispy on the outside and sweet and juicy on the inside. As you can tell, I had to get a picture of the chicken during dinner since everyone went at it so fast I didn't have time to grab the camera as it came off the grill! I made homemade greens and iced tea to go with the chicken. Very satisfying.
1 small roaster chicken, cleaned
1 can Coke, about 1/4 drained
1 sprig fresh basil or 1 teaspoon dried
1 sprig fresh thyme or 1 teaspoon dried
Place spices into Coke can. Insert Coke can into bottom of chicken and place chicken on grill with Coke can in upward position. Turn grill on high for about 10 minutes then lower to low heat, checking about every 10 minutes to be sure the chicken is not burned from the grease on the coals. Grill about 1 hour. Remove Coke can and serve.
"That outdoor grilling is a manly pursuit has long been beyond question. If this wasn't firmly understood, you'd never get grown men to put on those aprons with pictures of dancing wienies and things on the front and messages like 'Come 'n' Get It'"