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« on: December 20, 2010 10:21:26 AM »

Beer and chicken.  It's like Peanut Butter and Jelly.  Salt and pepper. Bourbon and ice. Cagney and Lacey.  They just go together. 

This recipe is for those of us who are looking for something awesome on the grill but don't have the time to marinate or brine ahead of time.  And besides, it's beer and chicken.  How could you go wrong?

Here's the full write up with pictures.

And here are the mouthwatering pictures.  Sorry to do this before lunch:

And here's the write up without the pics for those that don't want to deal with the link:

Beer and chicken always seem to go hand in hand. For instance, the recipe for beer-can-chicken is very popular to many backyard grillers. Marinades are the preferred method of injecting flavor into fowl. The obvious chicken marinade is the one when you take a drink of beer after you eat a chicken wing. However, have you ever washed your chicken in beer bath on the grill? This is an interesting take on yet another way of kicking up the taste buds for two complementary ingredients.

Beer washed chicken (adapted from Bobs smoke-n-brews blog)


9 chicken thighs
Penzeys Northwoods rub (or use your favorite rub)

Chicken wash:

1 bottle of beer
cup olive oil
3 tbs brown sugar
2 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
3 tbs rub

15 minute prep time
1 hour 10 minute cook time


1. Rinse chicken and pat dry:

2. Apply rub to the chicken, get underneath the skin too. I used Penzeys Northwoods rub:

3. Set up grill for two zone cooking with coals on one side and nothing on the other.  Shoot for 350 degrees inside the grill. Place chicken on the cool side of the grill, skin side up. I used a couple chunks of apple wood for smoke.

4. Mix all ingredients of the chicken wash in a sauce pan.

Boil all the ingredients together, this does two things. 1) Dissolves the brown sugar. 2) Cooks the alcohol out of the beer.

5. Pour the beer wash into a 913 glass baking dish or use a bowl.

Here is the chicken at 20 minutes:

Chicken at the 40 minute mark:

6. After the 40 minute mark, start the first wash. Place the chicken in beer wash and coat all sides. Let it soak for a few minutes:

7. Place the chicken back on the grill:

8. After another 10 minutes, apply the 2nd wash, same deal as before.

9. Place the chicken back on the grill. They will either be done in another 15 minutes or until the interior temp reaches 165 degrees:

You might be saying, Why not just marinate? Well, this beer bath came in handy when I didnt have time to marinate beforehand. Most of the time, I dont think about what Im having for dinner until I leave work. Hence, my motivation to share this quasi-marinade with those of us that dont plan ahead. After all, improvising is a large part of BBQ.

The beer bath managed to keep the chicken moist during the one hour long cook time. Usually, chicken takes around 45 minutes on my cooker (depends on the grill), but since part of the process is to open and close the cook chamber a few times, the extra time is necessary due to loss of heat, particularly in the winter when it takes longer to build the heat back up inside the grill. Moreover, because of the oil in the bath, it gives the chicken a glossy appearance which looks appetizing to me. In addition, the flavor of the beer is evident but not overpowering. This leads me to think any liquid can be substituted here. For example, you can try apple cider vinegar, teriyaki, orange juice, whiskey, balsamic vinegar, tequila, etc or any combination of these. I look forward to doing this again.


***Editors Note ~ Great job as usual, Arthur.  Thanks for sharing with all the Grillin Fools***

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« Reply #1 on: December 20, 2010 10:32:01 AM »

Oh yum! That looks like some incredible bird.  Too bad it's snowing like crazy outside - a true grilling experience is well out of reach for me!
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« Reply #2 on: December 20, 2010 10:32:35 AM »

That looks so yummy! Thanks for the recipe, I'm passing it on to my husband!
« Reply #3 on: December 20, 2010 01:08:36 PM »

Oh yum! That looks like some incredible bird.  Too bad it's snowing like crazy outside - a true grilling experience is well out of reach for me!
My favorite time to grill.  Seriously.  Supposed to snow on Thursday night.  I'll be grilling.  I am the Grillin Fool, after all!?!

Here's a picture of me grilling some chicken two years ago while getting about 7 inches:

Me checking the grill:

The chicken I did indirect:

In the 90 minutes it took me to grill the chicken the snow went from this much:

To this much:

Took my oldest son sledding for the first time that day:

Here's how I kept my beer cold:

Seems a little overkill since it was only about 20 degrees.

Oh, and here's the chicken when it was done:

I loves me some grilling in the snow!!!

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« Reply #4 on: December 20, 2010 02:33:09 PM »

I do love bourbon and ice.... Will have to try this!

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« Reply #5 on: December 20, 2010 04:52:56 PM »

I don't own a grill, well i did but it had to go back to the shop as it was faulty..it is certainly cold enough for your kind of grilling here..just no snow Sad but mostly I wanted to say its great to see more men on craftster!...

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