Tonight we will be having a Burnt Offering of chicken. It is a very simple preparation. I use chicken parts (or a whole chicken cut into parts) that are then placed in a plastic bag with soy sauce. Air is squeezed out until the sauce covers the chicken and it is set in a bowl to stand for about 1/2 hour to 1 hour. It is best to let any meat rise to near room temperature prior to placing on the grill. This helps prevent overcooked outsides with raw near the bones. So I let this stand out of the fridge.
That’s the ‘base’. It can be enhanced in several ways, depending on your preference for flavors. Minced onions or crushed garlic can be added. Using 1/2 soy sauce and 1/2 beer is nice and tenderizes a bit. Ground pepper can be added, or for more ‘fire breathing’, a bit of hot sauce. If there are particular flavors you prefer, like sage or thyme, those can be crushed and added to the base.
Personally, I like the beer and / or garlic options.
When time to grill, simply lay the parts on the Altar fire, about 7 minutes to the side but that depends on the heat level, with a lid cover closed, or not, and the size of the parts. I’ve had large parts uncovered take 10 minutes to the side. Toward the end, lower the heat level for a longer “finish” that improves the tenderness and flavor. Essentially let it “rest” for about 20 minutes, but on a low ‘keep warm’ level of temperature. I like about 180 degrees.
Prepare the Wave Offering of your choice. Then thank God or the Creator Force for this life, for the energy of life delivered via Sacred Carbon; both in the Burnt Offering and in the Wave Offering. Hold the Wave Offering to the west and to the east, thankful for the sun bringing that energy to our lives. Then share the Burnt Offering as a communion in Carbon Life with all attending.
Remember that this life is not to be wasted. Explore, learn, love and live to the fullest each day. Life is too short to drink bad wine…
If any of you have particular methods of preparation of a Burnt Offering or Wave Offering, please feel free to share them here.
With that, Amen.