Grilled Beer-Brined Chicken

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

  • Prep Time 55 min
  • Total Time 10 hr 0 min
  • Servings 8

Ingredients

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).

Expert Tips

Heads-Up! The recipe calls for one teaspoon of "table" salt.

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

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
380
(
Calories from Fat
210),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
24g
24%
(Saturated Fat
6g,
6%
Trans Fat
1/2g
1/2%
),
Cholesterol
130mg
130%;
Sodium
900mg
900%;
Total Carbohydrate
0g
0%
(Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
  Sugars
0g
0%
),
Protein
40g
40%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
15%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
2%;
Iron
10%;
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.