Sunday, January 7, 2018

A Warm Welcome to Guest Barb Ross

Oven-Roasted Beer Can Chicken with Potatoes from Stowed Away

Stowed Away, the sixth Maine Clambake Mystery, was released last week. To celebrate, I’m giving away a copy of the mass market paperback to two lucky commenters below.

Beer can chicken is most often made on a barbecue grill, but with one-third of the country in a deep freeze, I thought you might appreciate this oven-roasted version. Along with the fingerling potatoes, it makes the basis of a hearty winter meal.

In Stowed Away, Julia Snowden’s sister Livvie makes this dinner when their mother calls an impromptu family meeting. It’s a quick meal that pleases any crowd. While Livvie cooks it using an actual beer can, you can purchase a device called a beer can chicken holder from almost any kitchenware vendor.

Ingredients for the chicken:

1 whole chicken, 4 – 4-1/2 pounds
12-ounce beer can--any brand you have on hand will do
olive oil for rubbing over the chicken
Livvie’s rub for the chicken (or substitute your own rub)

Livvie used the following ingredients for the rub:

2 Tablespoons kosher salt
1/2 Tablespoon black pepper
1 Tablespoon paprika
1 Tablespoon dried oregano
1/2 Tablespoon ground coriander
1/2 Tablespoon garlic powder
1/2 Tablespoon onion powder
1/2 Tablespoon cumin
1 teaspoon jalapeno powder (optional)
1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
1/2 teaspoon lime zest


Preheat oven and sheet pan to 400 degrees. Stir together rub ingredients. Rinse chicken and pat dry. Rub chicken all over, inside and out, with olive oil. Rub chicken all over, inside and out, with the rub mix. Open beer can and pour out or drink 4 ounces, leaving 8 ounces in the can. Stand chicken on beer can by placing the neck over the can. Place on a rimmed baking sheet. Roast in oven for 1 hour.

Ingredients for the potatoes:

2 – 2-1/2 pounds fingerling potatoes
olive oil
black pepper
dried oregano
2 Tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro


Cut potatoes into 1/2-inch pieces. Toss with olive oil and seasonings. When chicken is done, remove from baking sheet pan and place on platter. Toss potatoes with drippings left in sheet pan and roast 20 to 25 minutes.

Serves 6 to 8.

About Stowed Away

It’s June in Busman’s Harbor, Maine, and Julia Snowden and her family are working hard to get their authentic Maine clambake business ready for summer. Preparations must be put on hold, however, when a mysterious yacht drops anchor in the harbor—and delivers an unexpected dose of murder . . .
When Julia’s old prep school rival Wyatt Jayne invites her to dinner on board her billionaire fiancé’s decked-out yacht, Julia arrives to find a sumptuous table set for two—and the yachtsman dead in his chair. Suspicion quickly falls on Wyatt, and Julia’s quest to dredge up the truth leads her into the murky private world of a mega-rich recluse who may not have been all that he seemed . . .


Barbara Ross is the author of six Maine Clambake Mysteries: Clammed Up, Boiled Over, Musseled Out, Fogged Inn, Iced Under and Stowed Away. Her books have been nominated for multiple Agatha Awards for Best Contemporary Novel, and RT Books Reviewer’s Choice Awards, as well as the Maine Literary Award for Crime Fiction. She blogs with a wonderful group of Maine mystery authors at Maine Crime Writers and with a group of writers of New England-based cozy mysteries at Wicked Cozy Authors. In the summer, Barbara writes on the big front porch of the former Seafarer Inn at the head of the harbor in Boothbay Harbor, Maine.

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Leave a comment and Barb will pick two winners of a copy of Stowed Away!


  1. This looks super interesting. I’ve never heard of it and I lived for many years in of beer and brats. How this escaped our notice, I’ll never know. I’ve read the other books in the series, looking forward to this one. Thanks for writing...stay warm in this super chilly weather! Lldawnjm (at) gmail (dot) com. Happy New Year!

  2. Welcome, Barb! Thank you for sharing the recipes; and the book sounds wonderful!

  3. That looks very, very tasty. I would guess the salt could be reduced. My husband is now having to watch that and I'm finding it a bit of challenge to use a lot less. Guess our taste buds will eventually adjust. Love the setting of your books, though I'm glad I'm not in Maine right now. Texas is fine for me. LOL

    1. Yes, everyone kept saying, "Maine's not so cold. The ocean mitigates the temperature." Ha!

  4. I haven't read this series yet but am anxious to do so. It sounds like a winner! I have tried the beer can chicken on the grill. I actually bought one of those devices that hold the beer can and chicken. The chicken is delicious fixed this way. dbahn(at)iw(dot)net

    1. It's just as good in the oven. So glad you like it.

  5. Have yet to read this author and am really looking forward to doing so. The synopsis on the book looks like it's going to be a great read. That recipe looks really great as well. So am hoping this will be a start. Della at deepotter (at) peoplepc (dot) com

  6. Have done this on the grill on a can, but the easiest way to do this in the oven is in a bundt pan. You cover the stem of the pan with foil. I would then toss the potatoes with the dripping and cook them on a sheet pan. Love your series! moodiesmum(at)yahoo(dot)com

    1. Interesting, Raquel. Will have to try bundt pan.

  7. This series sounds great and I'd love to read it! The chicken recipe sounds yummy too... thanks!

  8. This sounds like a good book to read while it's so chilly outside! rebarger(at)bellsouth(dot)com

    1. The book takes place in June, so the days are long and the weather is mild.

  9. Being Wisconsin natives, we have enjoyed beer can chicken for many years. I am eager to try that rub to change it up a bit!

  10. Will try this recipe soon and will look forward to reading the book.

  11. The series and the recipe both sound like they are right up my alley. Can't wait to try both!

  12. I visited an Aunt in Maryland once and was treated to a Crab Boil which was fantastic! But I've never attended a Maine Clambake (it was cool and foggy when I was there). However, we do beer-can chicken all the time, and this recipe looks like something we definately want to try! Looking forward to the books, too, as I'm always looking for a new read.

  13. I’m looking foward to reading Stowed Awat.
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

  14. I've read about beer can chicken many times, but never tried it----that picture makes it look so yummy that I think I'll buy some beer and try it. I'd like to read your new book, too---thanks for the giveaway.

    1. The chicken is delicious, Sue. You won't regret it.