Dude Food for Fathers Day – Beer Can Chicken anyone? There’s more…


It’s Fathers Day in Australia on Sunday which got me thinking about “Dude Food”, doesn’t get much more blokey than “Beer Can Chicken” does it?  Well, actually this dude from Dude Foods, would disagree, check out the Pig Mac!!!!  If that is too extreme why not come back to the Beer Can Chicken which does make a really delicious BBQ chook, it’s well worth a try, honestly,  even if you don’t do it for Fathers Day.

We had a trial run the other weekend for our Dude Food meal and had some friends over for an early dinner.


I got the kids placemats from Aldi (a while ago), they were a good way of keeping the kids still at the table as they could colour in between courses!  Recognise the tablecloth?  It’s Ikea fabric.  Cheap way to get a colourful tablecloth that you don’t mind getting spills on.

While the chook was cooking we had Chorizo & Haloumi skewers, very easy, very tasty, very “dudey”.


There are various ways you can make these skewers, on the barbie with the chicken, in the oven under the grill or in a frypan. They take about 7 – 10 minutes turning fairly regularly.

For the meat lovers we then had  little beef sausages wrapped in prosciutto (that’s all you do to them).  We had potatoes, sweet potato and parsnip roasting in the oven so these were whacked in along side them and cooked for about 20 minutes.


With all the meat and roasted veggies I thought I’d throw a salad into the mix.  This is my Gywenth Paltrow inspired Broccoli, Cauliflower and Chickpea Salad (she does hers without the broccoli).  Click here for the recipe, a bit more chick than dude food if you pardon the pun.


So that just left the chicken to complete the meal.  (Warning raw chicken photo coming up)


This is so easy to make, the hardest thing is keeping the chicken upright when you move it so you might want to set it up in the BBQ from the get go.  This recipe was inspired by a Valli Little recipe on Taste.com

You will need (to feed 4 adults and some children):

1.8kg whole chicken

50g butter, melted

1 Tbsp honey

1 teaspoon sweet smoked paprika

2 big garlic cloves, one crushed the other chopped

375ml can beer

1/4 lemon, thinly cut so it can fit into the can of beer

What you do:

Preheat the barbie to medium high.  Rinse out the chicken and pat dry.

Pour out a quarter of the beer and then put the chopped garlic clove and the lemon slices into the can.

Place the can in a baking tray and then the chicken on top of the can.

Mix the melted butter, honey, paprika and crushed garlic together and baste the chicken

Put the chicken into the barbie and close the lid.  Cook it for 1 1/2 hours basting occasionally.

When it’s cooked remove it from the bbq, let it cool slightly and then remove the beer can (it will be very hot!), cover the chicken lightly with some alfoil and let it rest for 15 minutes.


For the mustard dressing which is really worth doing as it’s yummy you will need:

1 Tbsp wholegrain mustard
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 Tbsp honey
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 tablespoon red vinegar
1/3 cup (100g) whole-egg mayonnaise
1/4 cup (60ml) pure (thin) cream

Combine all the ingredients and pour over the chicken.



Our friends made the dessert



What are your Father’s Day plans?  Will you “Dude Food” it?


One comment

  1. Shari from GoodFoodWeek
    August 26, 2016 at 6:28 pm

    I love this Dude Food post. I think that we might have to try a beer can chicken for our Daddy this Father’s Day.

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