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    Grilled Beer-Brined Chicken


    Source of Recipe


    betty crocker

    Recipe Introduction


    Brining chicken offers the ultimate in moistness and flavor of grilled 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


    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 (170F for breasts; 180F for thighs and drumsticks).


    Oven Directions: Make chicken as directed through step 3. Heat oven to 425F. Brush oil over chicken; sprinkle rub mixture over chicken. Bake 25 to 35 minutes or until juice of chicken is clear when thickest piece is cut to bone (170F for breasts; 180F for thighs and drumsticks).
    High Altitude (3500-6500 ft): In step 4, turn chicken over; cover grill and cook 25 to 35 minutes longer, turning occasionally.

 

 

 


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