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New Gadget: Lodge 7 Qt Dutch Oven

Got a new toy for the grill today, the Lodge® 7 quart dutch oven. It’s big at 12″ across and at least 4 1/2″ deep inside, but it’s the one that fits the center opening in the Weber® Gourmet BBQ cooking grate, and it will allow me to do some braising and slow roasting on the grill. It will also be a great pot for chili, both on the grill and in the kitchen. The pot sits down into the center ring opening, stopping about an inch from the charcoal grate. Clearly, the only way to arrange the charcoal will be in a ring around the sides of the grate. A smaller pot could sit on top of the cooking grate or even down on the charcoal grate, surrounded by coals, but first I wanted one to fit into that grill opening. If it proves too big to use often, then maybe I need a second, smaller one. Sounds like I might be on the road to having a stash of Lodge pots and pans.

Weber® used to make such a covered pot for this system, but it appears to only be available overseas now. It looks in the images I’ve seen like it might not be as deep as the Lodge dutch oven. Too bad that it’s not available here anymore, but the Lodge seems like a good alternative.

Sunday Chicken on the Grill

It was really cooked on Saturday, but I never heard of a Saturday chicken, so I took poetic license with the title. Plus, I really couldn’t wait until Sunday to show off the chicken roaster accessory we bought for the grill. It comes with a removable cup for roasting a chicken with beer or whatever liquid you think might add flavor—this guy hates everything about beer can chicken and thinks it’s all a bunch of hooey. I think his ideas are worth a read.

The roaster is one of many accessories that fit into the center space on the cooking grid. You just remove the center grid and set in your accessory. The chicken roaster was on sale at the store where we were looking for something else, so it’s the first we have picked up. You can use it without the beer cup as just a vegetable roaster, or you could set any other kind of meat to roast in it.

In addition to adding beer and sliced garlic to the cup, I soaked the chicken for about 4 hours in a beer brine—just one bottle of beer and a generous teaspoon of salt. It plumped up nicely and was a terrifically moist chicken throughout. The breasts were as juicy as the thighs and none of it was dried out. We devoured all but the drumsticks, which will make a nice lunch for someone today.

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Lemon Cheesecake

The next time, I will keep the vegetables away from the sides closest to the coals, as a few were caramelized perhaps a little too much—still edible, but maybe too charred for some people. We devoured the veggies too. Then we finished off the meal with this creamy, creamy lemon no-bake cheesecake, making it a meal definitely fit for a Sunday.

Sunday Chicken on the Grill

  • Servings: 1 4-6 lb chicken
  • Difficulty: easy
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Set up the grill for indirect heat at about 375°, with a drip pan in the center.

1 whole roasting chicken, about 4-6 lbs

2 bottles of beer

2 teaspoons salt

2 cloves garlic, sliced

olive oil

herb mixture—basil, chives, dill, garlic powder, for example

vegetables for roasting, whole or cut in large pieces

  1. Soak the chicken in a brine of one bottle of beer and the teaspoon of salt for at least 4 hours or overnight, turning several times, especially to brine the breasts.
  2. Add about 3/4 cup of beer and the sliced garlic to the beer cup. If using a beer can, it is preferable to use an opener that takes off the whole top of the can, to which you can add garlic, or you can make a lot of holes in the can.
  3. When the grill is up to temperature, place the chicken over the beer cup in the roaster, or over a beer can half full. I put the roaster in the grid before setting the chicken on the cup, so I didn’t have to do acrobatics carrying the whole thing to the grill.
  4. Rub the mixture of olive oil and herbs all over the chicken. don’t try to put the rub on before setting on the cup, because of all the maneuvering getting it on and standing up on it’s little legs. One advantage of this roaster over a can of beer is that it is locked into the roaster and won’t tip over, even if your chicken is lopsided. If roasting vegetables, place them around the chicken in the roaster.
  5. Roast with the lid closed for about 1 1/2 hours with the top and bottom vents open. I didn’t peek. After 1 1/2 hours, check for doneness with a thermometer. I registered from about 170° to 180° in various places on the bird. All the juices were clear.