Another super crazy week in my little corner of the world! This Denver real estate market is just nuts. I have never, in 18 years, been this swamped with sales and everything that goes into selling homes as I have this year. Good thing I’m a planner and super organized otherwise I’d be pulling my hair out! I’m not complaining cause it can’t last forever! Just gotta save what I’m makin’ for a rainy day. Amidst all the work, me and the dogs managed to get in a hike with friends this weekend. First hike of the year which is crazy because in a normal year, I’d be on hike twelve or so. Actually pretty sad. It is what it is though and it ended up being a pretty great day. We got to see and do things that we have never experienced which is right up my ally. We went up to Guanella Pass (super pretty area of CO) to hike the Shelf Lake trail. (It was kinda rainy so my pictures turned out crummy otherwise I’d love to share them but trust me, it’s just amazingly beautiful). The craziest thing though is the wildlife that we saw. A big horn sheep strolling down the road, a bear in the woods and three moose in the willows. I can’t even begin to tell you how cool it is to see moose. I have lived in Colorado twenty five years, have spent countless hours in the wilderness and have never seen one, let alone three of them in one day. Unreal and so lucky.
Our next adventure took us to the Buck Snort Saloon. Yep you heard me right folks. Buck Snort. What a name. What a place. Can you imagine driving up a pretty much one lane canyon road flanked with massive rocks (I was nervous driving it) and landing in the quaint town of Sphinx Park. This town only has a restaurant, a beautiful stream running through it and a few really old cabins. It’s so peaceful and charming that you need to see it if you are ever in Colorado. Anyway, the Buck Snort saloon was packed on a Sunday afternoon. Who woulda thunk? We waited an hour for our table, had a couple of beers and waited an hour for our food. So our day was long but so worth it. Definitely going to be the place where I take out of town visitors!
Finally, I should talk about this Beer Can Chicken Without the Can… I was thinking about what to marinate my weekly chicken allotment in and I had one beer in my fridge and “Beer Can” chicken came to mind. I know strange but this is how my mind works. Why not make a super flavorful, a little spicy and incredibly easy marinade for the same old boring chicken! It’s not so boring anymore folks. This marinade is oh so delish!
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- 1 bottle of amber beer
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 3 tbs honey
- 2 tbs chili powder
- 3 tbs soy sauce
- pinch of Cheyenne pepper
- 1 tsp pepper
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 pounds of chicken
- Add all ingredients in a large zip lock bag and marinate at least four hours or over night.
- Heat up the grill and grill the chicken to 170 degrees internal temperature. (I like it better than the 180 that is recommended, it’s not dry this way).
- Serve with grilled veges or put on a salad or even make into a delish sandwich.
Barb Behmer says
Hi Heather, I’m visiting you from Lea Ann’s blog – I’m a fellow Coloradan and hiked Silver Dollar Trail off Guanella Pass a few weeks ago. Also, we have moose strolling through our back yard in Breckenridge. I love the sound of this recipe and thank you for it.
Hi Barb! I love that hike that you mentioned! Who knows, we my have crossed paths, I did it too a few weeks ago! I spent 8 years living in Summit County and never saw a moose! Lucky you! Thanks for visiting my site! 🙂
Lea Ann (Cooking On The Ranch) says
I love learning about the Buck Snort Saloon. Maybe we should make that a weekday foodie field trip. Looks fabulous. I love Colorado. Your chicken looks great Heather.
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Thanks Lea Ann! It was fun, gotta be in the mood for a burger cause that all they have there! 🙂