Thursday, April 11, 2013

Fire up the Grill...the Garbage Can Chicken is Marinating!

When my girls were little we lived in a old farmhouse on Lake Road in Williamson, New York, surrounded by apple orchards. Lake Ontario was right across the street along with Orbaker's Fruit Farm. Their orchards not only surrounded us but went all the way up to the lake.

It was in those apple orchards that I found the best chicken I had ever eaten. We were invited to a clambake in the open fields of the orchard every Fall. On the menu were, of course, steamed clams, creamed corn casserole, bring a dish to pass casseroles and Garbage Can Chicken.

Yup, to feed the crowd that showed up, they actually marinated the chicken in garbage cans and then grilled it on open barbeque pits.

It is supposed to be gorgeous in the 60's here in Upstate New York on Sunday which will officially get me fired up to start grilling!

If you're getting in the mood to start grilling too, this recipe is a must try! But please do not be afraid of the amount of salt in it......I usually do not salt my food or like anything with a lot of salt, but in this case, it makes the chicken!

Garbage Can Chicken
This recipe is for about 12 pieces of chicken. I use drumsticks and thighs. Bone-in breasts are usually so big that they do not cook through in the time the other pieces do, but the marinade is really good on them too! I par-boil my chicken before marinating.

1 cup vegetable oil
2 cups white vinegar
4 Tablespoons salt
3 teaspoons poultry seasoning
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon pepper

Mix all together with a whisk. Put into a deep bowl or pan with the chicken and marinate up to 18 hours, turning the chicken every so often. The longer you marinate, the tastier it will be.

Grill till chicken is crispy on the outside and cooked all the way through to the bone.

Any summer side dish will go great with this chicken but for the ultimate in great picnic food, try these homemade baked beans. They are so easy. I got the recipe from a friend who got it from a friend, who got it...I don't know....maybe from a friend?! I am always grateful to be passed a recipe that has been treasured over the years.

Baked Beans
Preheat the oven to 350

1/2 pound turkey bacon (this is what gives these beans a really unique taste)
1/2 pound hamburg
1 pepper, diced
1 onion, diced
28 oz.can baked beans
15.5 oz can kidney beans, rinsed
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup catsup
salt and pepper to taste
Saute bacon, hamburg, pepper and onion till meat is brown and veggies are soft.
Add beans, sugar, vinegar, catsup and salt and pepper. Mix all together.
Cover and bake in a casserole at 350 for one hour. Remove cover after the first 30 minutes.


Happy Spring! Happy grilling! Happy eating!

AnnMarie :)

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  1. This looks delish. I have to try the chicken. I often marinate my chicken. I have to try this marinate style.
    New blog follower via Bloglovin. Found you at the "Blog lovin Hop"
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  2. Hi AnnMarie, stopping by from Bloglovin party, this chicken looks finger lickin good!! it's so nice when you have recipes that go with memories. I'll definitely by trying this one (well my husband will, he's the cook!!) ~ Amy @ StowandTellU

  3. I'm not a fan of beans but that chicken looks so good I'm going to give it a try. I've also pinned it to my BBQ board.
    Holly's Stamping Addiction

  4. That chicken looks so good! Garbage cans...hilarious. I am so ready for grilling in the summer. This will come in super handy. Definitely pinning! Saw you on the Friday Link Party. Stop by when you get a chance.


  5. Happy Friday.
    visit from Friday blog hop.
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    Have a great weekend.

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  7. Thanks for visiting me at Fairhope Supply Co. I don't know where you live, but if we here in Alabama had a recipe called "garbage can chicken, the national media would swarm in and do a story about crazy Southerners! But I must say, it looks DELICIOUS! I'll have to give it a try. I'll tell my friends its called, "chicken a'la' can!"

    Following you!

  8. Found you on the blog hop and loved your recipes so much I just had to follow.

  9. That chicken looks sooo good!Will have to try that recipe some time ^^ Dropping by from the Meet & Greet Blog Hop.

    New follower with GFC and bloglovin

  10. You have my mouth watering! Thanks so much for your sweet comment on my fabric pennant banner!

  11. It's Fiesta time in San Antonio, TX. usually the begining of BBQ's all summer long :). Thanks for sharing. My hubby is a griller. I will have him do this with the chicken! We look forward to having you at the next Show Off Blog Party :)

    The Wondering Brain

  12. Man, those beans look sooo so good. Whew. :)

  13. Your title made me click to this right away.....and now I'm starved! I don't remember Williamson, but I lived in Oswego when I was younger. We would go and skip rocks on Lake Ontario!

    Thanks for joining the Show off Your Blog Party.

    A Dose of Jules

  14. This sounds great! We marinated our thanksgiving turkey in a similar mix this year and it was super. Never thought of doing it with chicken!

  15. I love chicken and am just itching to get the grill out. Had to drive home through the snow yesterday, so I am guessing it will have to wait just a bit longer...


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