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Beer Can Chicken...duh

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I have been gluten-free for about 3 months now, and had my first self-caused "slip". For dinner last night, I requested beer can chicken which is one of my favorite barbeque foods. Half-way through the meal it struck me...BEER! No beer actually contacts the chicken...the chicken is cooked on a can with about 1/2 cup of beer mixed with water in it to make the meat moist. I felt SO GUILTY! Is that normal for a first self-caused slip? I wasn't sick after, so maybe the chicken was OK since no beer ever actually touches the chicken? Did anyone else have intense guilt, and since I didn't get sick (and I usually notice even the smallest bit of cc) do you think this chicken is OK? Thanks!

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I try not to be hard on myself when I slip up, with gluten or anything else in life. The important thing is to learn from your mistakes, not beat yourself up over them!

As for beer can chicken, I wouldn't. The beer must be flavoring the chicken or it wouldn't be in the recipe. That means there is a little barley gluten getting on the chicken.

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I know this is an old thread but I found it on a search of "celiac beer can chicken" because guess what...I did it too. DH made beer can chicken last night. The weather is unseasonably warm here and we've been grilling like crazy. We love beer can chicken because it is so moist. I was half way through a chicken leg/thigh before it even dawned on me about the beer. I didn't have any noticeable reaction to it but I won't be repeating the mistake anyway. So I thought I post my "oops" in hopes of reminding others new to the gluten-free diet to not forget gluten during grilling season.

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Oops! I'm really glad to hear you didn't get sick. You can empty a can of soda and pour in a gluten-free beer like Redbridge to make your chicken.

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We make this all the time with gluten-free beer. Weber makes a special dish you can use instead of a can - it works great. Bought it at amazon.

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