There are 2 things I love to do - cook and go to estate sales. I always enjoy looking through a kitchen of someone who enjoys cooking as much as I do because there will always be something I can add to my kitchen. At this particular estate sale, I found this vertical stoneware crock for roasting chicken. The idea is the steam from the liquid will cook your chicken from the inside out and keep it moist at the same time. You can find recipes with beer or wine, I didn't have either so I went with ginger ale. But I bet you could use fruit juice, Dr. Pepper or any favorite beverage.
1Dice up your apple and put in the circular chimney-like tube.
2Add the liquid smoke (I used hickory, but any liquid smoke will do) and pour the ginger ale to the top of the vessel.
3Rinse and pat dry your chicken.
4Season with smoked paprika, salt, and pepper. You can use any seasoning that you prefer. In this recipe, I used the smoke paprika because I wanted to give the chicken skin a bit of color.
5Slide the chicken on to the flavor-filled vessel. Plug the neck hole with a ball of foil.
6Place the vertical chicken in your cold oven. Turn the temperature to 375 and cook for 1 1/2 hours.
7If you don't have one of the vertical roasters, I have seen pictures of a chicken on a beer can. The end result is a very moist meat. The skin is not crispy because of the tin foil plug. If you omit the plug your chicken skin will get crispy and the meat is more dry.