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. I’ll hand it over to Arthur to show you how he did it.
***Editor’s Note ~ Arthur has started his own blog and I’m more than happy to promote his on mine. His new site is called MajorLeagueGrilling.com***
Beer washed chicken (adapted from Bob’s smoke-n-brew’s blog)
9 chicken thighs
Penzey’s Northwoods rub (or use your favorite rub)
1 bottle of beer
½ cup olive oil
3 tbs turbinado sugar (sugar in the saw)
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 Penzey’s 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 9×13 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 didn’t have time to marinate beforehand. Most of the time, I don’t think about what I’m having for dinner until I leave work. Hence, my motivation to share this quasi-marinade with those of us that don’t 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.
***Editor’s Note ~ Great job as usual, Arthur. Thanks for sharing with all the Grillin Fools***
If you have any questions about the beer washed chicken, feel free to leave a comment below or shoot me an email and I will forward it on to Arthur.
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- 9 chicken thighs
- Your favorite rub
- Chicken wash:
- 1 bottle of beer
- ½ cup olive oil
- 3 tbs turbinado sugar (sugar in the raw)
- 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- 3 tbs rub
- Rinse chicken and pat dry
- Apply rub to the chicken, get underneath the skin too
- Set up grill for two zone cooking with coals and smoke wood 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
- Combine beer, olive oil, turbinado sugar, Worcestershire sauce, and the rub
- Boil all the ingredients together
- Pour the beer wash into a 9×13 glass baking dish
- 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
- Place the chicken back on the grill
- After another 10 minutes, do a second wash in the pan
- Place the chicken back on the grill
- Remove from the heat when the chicken reaches and internal temperature of 160-165 degrees
- Allow to rest for 2-4 minutes and serve