Milk Can Madness
24 ears corn, ends trimmed, shucks on or off
2 heads cabbage, quartered or sliced
10 pounds red potatoes, quartered
4 pounds baby carrots
4 large green peppers, quartered
4 pounds onions, quartered
salt and black pepper
10 pounds bratwurst or Polish sausage
1 pound bacon
Line bottom of a 10-gallon milk can vertically with ears of sweet corn
(standing on end). Layer the remaining vegetables on top of the corn.
Lightly season with salt and pepper. Arrange the sausages on top of the
vegetables. Top with bacon. Pour one gallon of water over meat and
Drill a 3/16-inch hole in the lid of the milk can. Place the lid on the
can. Place the milk can over low heat over a propane burner or on a gas
grill. Place a penny over the hole in the lid of the can. When the penny
blows off the hole this masterpiece is done. The cooking time should be
about 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
Remove the lid from the milk can. If serving immediately, place the
sausages and bacon on a serving platter. Drain most of the liquid from
the milk can. Remove the vegetables and arrange them on serving
platters. Or, to keep the meat and vegetables warm, pour the drained
vegetables into a large cooler. Arrange the meats in a pan or tray that
will fit in the cooler. Place the pan of meats on top of vegetables and
close the lid until ready to serve.
Serves 24 to 30.