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Dutch Oven Cook-off Winner!

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Just got back from our annual Boy Scout Camporee, where 40 patrols competed for prizes. One of our patrols won the Dutch Oven Cook-off with an unusual recipe. I think the judges usually expect something like peach cobbler or cake, but this year they got a surprise with Pepsi Chicken. At first, it doesn’t sound very appetizing, but it sure smelt good while it was cooking. Here’s the recipe for you to try:

Pepsi Chicken
Take a 2 liter bottle of Pepsi, 10-14 chicken legs and 2 bottles of BBQ sauce. Put all the chicken in the Dutch Oven, pour on the BBQ sauce and add the Pepsi so that the chicken is almost completely covered. Put the lid on and set the Dutch Oven on about 8 hot coals and cover lid with 16 more hot coals. That will give you about 360º F. (Remember the rule of thumb is 15º F per coal). Cook 20-30 minutes. Check to see if the legs are done by poking them with a fork.

Cook rice or other vegetables on the side to serve with the chicken and you have a tasty outdoor meal!

The trick is, the sugar in the Pepsi caramelizes the chicken and keeps it from burning. So, don’t use Diet Pepsi!

Try it out and let me know what you think. You may even win a prize for your Pepsi Chicken!

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  1. Dutch Oven Cookout said,

    June 11, 2009 @ 5:21 am

    great post! thanks for the idea share,.. i love to cook too. We will come back often.



  2. Barkcookware said,

    February 3, 2010 @ 8:01 pm

    I can see where this would make a great tasting chicken. I think you could use a number of different soft drinks depends on what your taste buds like the most. Personally my favorite is cherry. Anyway great blog and I’ll give it a try.

  3. Scott Claflin said,

    March 25, 2010 @ 11:16 am

    Interesting recipe. I’ll have to try this when I get my dutch oven.

  4. Cecil said,

    August 11, 2010 @ 4:36 pm

    I really enjoyed reading your article on dutch ovens, and I have posted this dutch oven recipe you may like.
    I think you have done a fantastic job of detailing the importance of using regular Pepsi and not diet along with other details, I will be following your blog in the future & I have added you to my blog roll. Very nicely done, Keep up the good work.

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