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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: Betty Crocker

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