Down at Cane & Grain I think it’s safe to say that they are no strangers to time. Much like Doctor Who or Marty McFly, it seems that their whole existence centres around it – and it’s all the better for us really.
I mean, just taking their ribs as an example. They’re cooked for so long that all you need to do is bare your teeth at them and the meat falls off the bone. Exactly what you want from quite possibly the best BBQ in the city.
They’ve now decided to go one further and tackle one of BBQ’s greatest dishes – something that combines pretty much everything you want from a hot summer’s day drinking Budweiser, eating meat and beans out the back of a pickup truck and discussing the high-probability that the Earth is flat. The legendary Beer Can Chicken.
Famed to have been invented by a particularly pissed-up hick in Louisiana – the can of beer is elegantly stuffed up with arse of the chicken before cooking, wherein it proceeds to add moisture (and flavour) from within.
After a glorious 3 hours in the smoker with a can of Camden Town Pale Ale stuck ‘up there’ you’re left with a perfectly moist and tasty chicken – far removed from the dry, tasteless meat you sometimes get with traditional roasting techniques.
Cane & Grain then serve it up with a pot of Beer Gravy, made from the reduced gravy and chicken juices!
Of course there are many people out there who don’t want to admit that the Beer Can Chicken is a thing of genius – stating that the science just isn’t there to warrant a change in taste or flavour.
Well, I beg to disagree and personally think that they’re just sucking on a big fat handful of sour grapes because they weren’t hammered enough to think of it themselves in the first place.
If you’d like to make your own mind up, the Beer Can Chicken is available until the end of April at Cane & Grain for £17. It has limited availability each day so get in there early.
The Beer Can Chicken Special at Cane & Grain
Date: Throughout April
Cane & Grain, 49 -51 Thomas St, Manchester M4 1NA
0161 839 7033