Thursday, August 18, 2011

Garside Fruit Farm Beer Can Chicken

Here are instructions of how to make cook your own Beer Can Chicken.

We have used a eight pound Garside's Fruit Farm Free Range Chicken, one can of beer, our own Garside's Fruit Farm Apple Wood for the smoker.

Then place the chicken over the beer can in the stand. I then put a rub on the chicken. The rub is just a mixture of different spices that I chose. I mix all the spices together in a bowl and after rubbing a bit of olive oil over the chicken I gently rub the spices into the chicken.

I then place the chicken on a preheated BBQ with the apple wood in the pre-soaked smoker box. Water was added to the bottom of the pan the chicken sits in to keep the chicken moist. Often beer boils over and adds to the water.

The baking time is similar to baking in the oven, perhaps a little faster. I keep the BBQ between 400 to 425 degrees, and cook 15 mins per pound. Until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165F.

Finally we have a delicious moist chicken dinner. This is a relatively easy way to prepare a roast chicken with little clean up required, and especially great for the summer as you do not have to turn on your oven!

If you have any questions on our chickens or how to make a Beer Can Chicken please do not hesitate to contact us. If you would like to order any of our delicious Garside's Fruit Farm Free Range Chickens they are available now, for $3.50 per pound. Average size is around eight pounds, with some larger and a few smaller available.

You can contact us via email at or via phone at 604.556.4273.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011


We are completely SOLD OUT of our Sour Cherries already. We had very limited quantities this year due to the weather.

The next fruit to be ready will be our Crab Apples. These little apples are great for Jellies, Jams, baking and wine! Get your orders in soon to ensure you get the quantity you desire. These are available for $1.00 per pound.

Next will be Bartlett Pears, these are sooo delicious for eating, canning, wine, baking or creating our delicious Peppery Pear Salsa with (I will repost the recipe in the next few days). These pears will be available for $0.75 per pound.

Our wonderful Bramley Apples will be ready after that, these are the best baking apples in the world! They are large, firm and tart, great for pies, crisps or even mixed to make a great cider.

We are sad to say that we do not think we will be able to offer U-pick Hazelnuts this year, being such a wet spring/early summer we believe it has resulted in a very poor hazelnut year. :( We will keep you posted though.

We will be offering U-pick Blackberries this summer though, dates to come!

Our famous Garside's Fruit Farm Chickens are ready and are delicious. They are available for $3.50 per pound. These chickens are fed a top quality, locally produced grain, allowed access to a pasture outside and given no hormones or antibiotics. The average size of the bird is about 8 pounds this batch. I will be posting a recipe and instructions of how to do a Garside's Fruit Farm Beer Can Chicken later this week.

If you have any questions about any of our products, or would like to order anything, please do not hesitate to contact us via email at or by phone at 604.556.4273.