Chef Scott: Grilling a “Soda Can Chicken” and “Hobo Potatoes”

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MOLINE, Illinois – Welcome to “Grilling Out” weather.

Scott Community College’s Culinary Arts School director, Chef Brad Scott, brought some great grilling ideas to the News 8 Courtyard.  They are simple to make and use items already in your kitchen.

Let’s start with the potatoes.  Chef Scott says you can use a coffee can to help make “Hobo Potatoes” taste great.

1. Spray a metal coffee can with a vegetable spray like Pam

2. Rough cut baker's potatoes (great use for leftover potatoes in your house)

3. Pop and mince garlic

4. Rough cut celery, onions, and carrots

5. Add chef's butter (a 50/50 mix of butter and margarine)

6. Season with the garlic, Kosher salt, black pepper, and chives

7. Add 1/4 cup of skim milk

8. Place on direct heat on the grill, stiring frequently under medium heat.

9. Takes 30 to 40 minutes

At the same time, you can be getting the main entree ready: a "Beer Can Chicken" without the beer.  For this, Chef Scott says you can use Dr. Pepper.  But firs, empty about two ounces from the can.

1. Insert the open can into the cavity of the chicken

2. Season heavily with barbeque spice,  garlic, and black pepper

3. Put on indirect heat (flame should be on both sides of the chicken, not directly under it.  This will avoid burning the chicken or causing a grease fire on the grill)

4. Cook for 40 minutes to an hour

Remove, cut, and serve.

You've got tender grilled chicken, made to perfection for your family.  Plus a tasty side dish of potatoes that cleans up the leftovers you had in the pantry.  It's perfect for your summer family get-togethers.