Meat for your Picnic

Even though I like to cook, I’m going to give just one more recipe for a while. Again, this one came from the Cooking Echo back in the 80s. I like to cook by feel, and hardly ever follow a recipe like it was Holy Bible. Use my recipes as guidelines, if you keep notes you will know next time what to change. Have fun creating new dishes.

I won’t even attempt to have Bablefish try to give me the original recipe name in its original language, Portuguese.

Garbage Can Chicken


  • Soy Sauce
  • Beer
  • Chicken Parts
  • Grapefruit
  • Orange
  • Lemon
  • Lime


Woah, you are probably asking “How Much!?” You’ll need equal parts of the Soy Sauce and Beer. You could use a Lite beer, but beer with a bit better flavor will give this a better taste. Don’t worry, cooking will drive off the alcohol and the beer flavor will evaporate along with it. I suggest a Nut Brown Ale. You’ll probably use 2 or 3 ‘pints’ so go ahead and buy a whole 6-pack, it won’t go to waste.

For the chicken, you’ll need enough to feed the crowd, and some to take home.

Now for the fruits. for a small party you’ll need probably one each.

How To

Cut the chicken into serving size pieces, throw them into a stock pot. Cut the fruit into quarters, or smaller size pieces, include the skin. Throw them into the pot too.

Now add the beer and soy sauce till it covers the rest of the contents. Give one (or more) quick stirs to make sure everything is mixed. Set in the fridge covered for an overnight rest. The next afternoon light the Grill, put the chicken on to cook, discarding all the fruit.

The beer and soy sauce give enough seasoning so you probably will not need any salt and pepper.


For a pot-luck lunch at the office, I cut boneless chicken breasts into bite-sized pieces, strained liquid to removed the fruit, reserving a cup or so of the liquid. I placed the chicken in a Crock-Pot, added some of the beer/soy sauce and cooked it on High for a few hours in the office. It was a hit!



About Mike

I'm an avid bicyclist, that also enjoys Kayaking, Nature Photography, Cross Country Skiing and Geocaching. There's nothing more boring than sitting indoors in "good" weather.
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