Print Recipe

Grilled Beer-Brined Chicken

Grilled Beer Brined Chicken

Brining chicken offers the ultimate in moistness and flavor of grilled chicken.


Brine and Chicken

  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup kosher (coarse) salt
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 4 (12 ounce) cans or bottles beer or nonalcoholic beer, chilled
  • 2 cut-up whole chickens (3 to 3 1/2 pounds each)

Barbecue Rub

  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon table salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil


  1. In 6- to 8-quart noncorrosive (stainless steel, enamel-coated or plastic) container or stockpot, mix water, kosher salt and brown sugar, stirring until salt and sugar are dissolved. Stir in beer. Add chicken. Cover; refrigerate at least 8 hours but no longer than 24 hours.
  2. Line 15 x 10-inch pan with sides with foil. Remove chicken from brine; rinse thoroughly under cool running water and pat dry with paper towels. Discard brine. Place chicken in pan. Refrigerate uncovered 1 hour to dry chicken skin.
  3. Meanwhile, in small bowl, mix all rub ingredients except oil; set aside.
  4. Heat gas or charcoal grill for indirect cooking. Brush oil over chicken; sprinkle rub mixture over chicken. For two-burner gas grill, heat one burner to medium; place chicken on unheated side. For one-burner gas grill, place chicken on grill over low heat. For charcoal grill, move medium coals to edge of firebox; place chicken over drip pan. Cover grill; cook 15 minutes.
  5. Turn chicken over; cover grill and cook 20 to 30 minutes longer, turning occasionally, until juice of chicken is clear when thickest piece is cut to bone (170 degrees F for breasts; 180 degrees F for thighs and drumsticks).

Prep time: 55 Min | Total time: 10 Hr | Servings: 8

If all the chicken doesn't fit on the grill at once, grill the chicken in 2 batches (keep first batch warm in oven while second batch is grilling).

Nutrition Information: 1 Serving (1 Serving) Calories 380 (Calories from Fat 210), Total Fat 24g (Saturated Fat 6g, Trans Fat 1/2g), Cholesterol 130mg; Sodium 900mg; Total Carbohydrate 0g (Dietary Fiber 0g, Sugars 0g), Protein 40g

Exchanges: 5 1/2 Lean Meat; 1 1/2 Fat

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Recipe and photo credit (used with permission): Betty Crocker

Recipe Goldmine

Like Us on Facebook



Always Open!

To our Visitors

Recipe Goldmine has been online since April 1999. We hope you enjoy our collection of over 39,000 recipes. Many have contributed to our recipe collections, including our family, friends, newsletter subscribers, food companies and food organizations.