Grilled Beer-Brined Whole Chicken

Grilled Beer-Brined Whole Chicken

The results are so juicy and flavorful, you may never grill an un-brined chicken again!

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cup salt
tablespoons sugar
teaspoons chili powder
4 1/2
cups water
can or bottle (12 oz) beer
whole chicken (3 1/2 lb)
  1. To make brine, in 3-quart saucepan, mix salt, sugar and chili powder. Stir in 1 1/2 cups of the water. Heat to boiling over medium heat, stirring frequently. Reduce heat to medium-low; cook 2 to 4 minutes, stirring frequently, until most of salt is dissolved. Remove from heat. Stir in remaining 3 cups water and the beer. Cool, stirring occasionally, until room temperature and all salt is dissolved, about 20 minutes.
  2. Remove and discard neck and giblets from chicken. Rinse chicken with cold water. Place chicken in large resealable food-storage plastic bag. Add brine. Squeeze bag to remove excess air, bringing brine up around chicken to cover; seal bag. Set bag in medium bowl; refrigerate 5 to 6 hours to marinate.
  3. Heat gas or charcoal grill for indirect grilling as directed in owner's manual. Remove chicken from brine; discard brine. Insert meat thermometer so tip is in thickest part of inside thigh and does not touch bone. Place chicken over unheated area on grill; cover grill. Cook with medium heat 1 1/4 to 1 3/4 hours or until thermometer reads 180°F and legs move easily when lifted or twisted.
Makes 4 servings
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In this recipe, the beer penetrates the meat of the chicken along with the brine, lending extra flavor as well as extra moisture.

Nutrition Information:

1 Serving (1 Serving)
  • Calories 290
    • (Calories from Fat 100),
  • Total Fat 12g
    • (Saturated Fat 3g,
    • Trans Fat 0g),
  • Cholesterol 135mg;
  • Sodium 1910mg;
  • Total Carbohydrate 3g
    • (Dietary Fiber 0g,
    • Sugars 2g),
  • Protein 45g;
Percent Daily Value*:
    • 0 Starch;
    • 0 Fruit;
    • 0 Other Carbohydrate;
    • 0 Skim Milk;
    • 0 Low-Fat Milk;
    • 0 Milk;
    • 0 Vegetable;
    • 6 Very Lean Meat;
    • 0 Lean Meat;
    • 0 High-Fat Meat;
    • 2 Fat;
    Carbohydrate Choices:
    • 0;
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.