Heat broth in saucepan and keep warm while preparing remaining ingredients.
Heat oil in large sauté pan Add sausage, sauté until browned, 10-12 minutes per side. Transfer sausage to paper towel lined plate. When cooled, slice into 1/2 inch rounds and set aside.
In the sausage pan sauté fennel and onion until they begin to soften and brown (about 5 minutes). Add garlic, pepper flakes and thyme and cook stirring constantly for 2 minutes. Transfer vegetables to a bowl.
Add orzo to the sauté pan, stirring to coat pasta with residual oil in the pan; cook 2 minutes.
Deglaze pan with wine. Add 1 1/2 warm broth to orzo; cook stirring constantly until broth is nearly absorbed; another 5 minutes. Add remaining 1 cup broth; cook and stir until liquid is fully absorbed.
Stir in sausage slices, vegetable mixture, then add parmesan, butter, parsley, lemon zest and chopped fennel fronds. Season with salt and pepper.
Place dry ingredients in a small bowl and mix together. Pour BBQ sauce into half can of beer. Rub dry mix on chicken, then put beer can inside of chicken. Place upright on roasting pan or some type of baking sheet (that will catch any drippings) and place in oven at 350 degrees for approximately 25 minutes per pound. If the roasting chicken with a pop out timer it can be governed accordingly.
This can be done on your outdoor grill if the upright chicken will fit under the lid, but you will have in insure that there is indirect heat at 350 degrees.
NOTE: 1/2 can of soda can be used in place of beer..
Add salt, egg and flour to potatoes and mix well. Dough should not be thin. More or less flour may be used according to size of potatoes.
Put dough on plate. Use a teaspoon to scrape off small portions at a time and place in boiling water. Boil about 15 minutes. Keep stirring to prevent scorching. Drain in colander. Rinse once with water. Don't let Halushki get too cold, place in bowl.
Brown onion in shortening, add cabbage and fry slowly until browned, about 20 minutes. Pour over Halushki, mix well (salt to taste) and serve hot.