There's a bit to do, and we,ve included several photos to help walk you through your own Beer Can Tofurky - so let's do this... or how they say in Virginia... Git 'er done.
Beer Can Tofurky (Beer Can Chicken - if you're following along in your own Betty Crocker Cookbook)
- 1 Torfurky (thawed)
- 1 Can Beer (you can also use Ginger Ale or Lemon-Lime Soda if alcohol isn't your thing)
The Beer Can Rub
- 3 Tablespoons Tony Chachere's Creole Seasoning
- 1 Tablespoon Braggs
- 1/2 Teaspoon Onion Powder
- 1-2 Tablespoon Olive Oil (depends on how spicy and how moist you want it to be)
Heat oven to 200. Start your grill per instructions on BBQ or grill .
Take your thawed Tofurky and cut off one end about 2 inches from the pucker. When you look at your Tofurky, one end is more open than the othe; you'll see a bit of stuffing on that end. That's the end you cut off. With a normal spoon, begin removing the stuffing from the Tofurky. You're going to be hollowing out the Tofurky, so watch the sides to make sure you don't get too much of the Tofurky; you only want to remove the stuffing. Also, be careful you don't hold your Tofurky too hard and "crack" the side. Take your time and be kinda gentle with it. You'll notice that the empty tube in the center is not straight. Don't try to straighten it out by removing any Tofurky.
Once you have removed all the stuffing, grab your can of Beer. Gently place the open hollowed-out end of the Tofurky on the top of the Beer can. You're looking to see how close your Tofurky is to fitting. Very gently, press the Tofurky down to make a slight ring on the open end of the Torfurky. This will be your guide to how much you'll need to remove to make the Tofurky fit on the top of the Beer Can. With a small very sharp knife, follow the indent from the can, and make the opening of the Tofurky a tiny bit larger - around the same shape as the Beer can top. You want to make this opening 1 1/2 inches deep into the Tofurky. Cut a very little at time, and test the Tofurky on the top of the Beer Can between each cut to see if you have cut enough away.
Place the Tofurky in the oven, hollowed out end down, for 5 minutes. This will help solidify the Tofurky.
In a bowl, mix the ingredients for the Beer Can Rub with a whisk to make sure there are no clumps.
Remove the Tofurky from the oven and let sit. Once it is cool enough to touch, bush the Tofurky with the Beer Can Rub, inside and outside.
|Beer Can Tofurky ready to be grilled. We went with Simpler Times Pilsner for our Beer.|
OK, not ideal - but it still tasted amazing. So if this happens, don't worry, just keep going and enjoy! Hopefully, yours won't do that if you're gentle with it.
Place your Tofurky with the Beer can in it gently it on the grill upright, so the bottom of the can is directly on the grill. See the photos above. While the Tofurky and Beer can are on the grill, periodically baste the Tofurky with the Beer Can Rub. Brush a little coating of the Beer Can Rub on your Tofurky to keep it moist and add flavor. Be very careful while you're doing this, to keep the Tofurky and Beer can from tipping over. The hole in Tofurkys isn't usually centered, so one side may be heavier than another. You really need to balance this just right and keep an eye on it to keep it from falling over. We suggest using a pair of BBQ tongs to hold the can while you baste for stability.
You'll notice that drips of Beer will start to roll down the side of the can; this is good sign. You want the beer to vaporize and steam up inside your Tofurky. Eventually you'll see beer steam come through the top of the Tofurky. Like this:
|OK, not our best photo, but you can see the steam and that's what matters.|
To serve, cut into chunks and maybe dip in your favorite BBQ sauce. But to honest, we loved it as-is.
It had flavor and a unique smokiness to it. It also had a great texture, and really made something we've eaten a million times (Tofurky) into something completely new and different. I highly recommend trying it out this weekend. I think next time we may try it with some Match Vegan Meats Chicken.
We ended the night chatting by the grill and before Dan went in for his fantasy football draft, I roasted some of the leftover marshmallows from the Mexican Hot Chocolate cupcakes and pretty much ended my summer on a high note.
OK world - I'm ready for fall! Bring on your changing leaves, pumpkin flavored lattes, creamy soups and fresh baked breads...