Grilled Beer-Brined Chicken

Grilled Beer-Brined Chicken

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

Prep Time

55

Minutes

Total Time

10:00

Hrs:Mins

Makes

8

servings

Brine and Chicken
2
cups water
1/4
cup kosher (coarse) salt
1/4
cup packed brown sugar
4
cans or bottles (12 oz each) beer or nonalcoholic beer, chilled
2
cut-up whole chickens (3 to 3 1/2 lb 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 15x10-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. Meanwhile, in small bowl, mix all rub ingredients except oil; set aside.
  3. 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.
  4. 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°F for breasts; 180°F for thighs and drumsticks).
Makes 8 servings
Make the Most of This Recipe With Tips From The Betty Crocker® Kitchens
How-To
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;
Percent Daily Value*:
    Exchanges:
    • 0 Starch;
    • 0 Fruit;
    • 0 Other Carbohydrate;
    • 0 Skim Milk;
    • 0 Low-Fat Milk;
    • 0 Milk;
    • 0 Vegetable;
    • 0 Very Lean Meat;
    • 5 1/2 Lean Meat;
    • 0 High-Fat Meat;
    • 1 1/2 Fat;
    Carbohydrate Choices:
    • 0;
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.