Grilled Beer-Brined Chicken

Penny Day


If you never liked the texture of a brined turkey or chicken before, this recipe will change your mind! The flavor and juiciness of this chicken is incredible! It has quickly become my families favorite and I don't want to grill or bake our chicken without brining again. Even though in this post I didn't sauce the chicken with a BBQ sauce, you could certainly do that. Change the seasonings to what you like too.


★★★★★ 1 vote

1 Hr
45 Min


  • 2 c
  • 1/4 c
    kosher salt
  • 1/4 c
    brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 4 bottle
    chilled beer, you can use your favorite. i like using blue moon for this recipe.
  • 4
    bone in chicken leg quarters
  • 4
    bone in chicken breasts

  • 1 Tbsp
  • 1 tsp
  • 1/2 tsp
    onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp
    garlic powder

How to Make Grilled Beer-Brined Chicken


  1. In a 6 to 8 quart container or stockpot, mix water, kosher salt and brown sugar until salt and sugar have dissolved. Stir in the beer. Add the chicken. Cover and refrigerate at least 8 hours but no longer than 24 hours.
  2. Remove the chicken from the brine and rinse thoroughly under cool running water and pat dry with paper towels. Place the chicken on a paper towel lined baking tray and refrigerate uncovered for 1 hour to dry. While the chicken is drying mix together the seasoning blend; set aside.
  3. Heat gas grill to medium-low temperature. Sprinkle seasoning on the chicken and place on the grill skin side down. Cover grill and cook 15 minutes.
  4. Turn chicken over; cover grill and cook 20 to 30 minutes longer. Cook until juices of the chicken run clear (170 degrees for breasts; 180 degrees for leg quarters).

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About Grilled Beer-Brined Chicken

Course/Dish: Chicken
Hashtags: #grilled, #brined

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