Beer Brined Chicken

    2 hours 10 minutes

    You might have heard of beer can chicken, which uses a whole chicken cooked on the barbecue with a can of beer inside to make it extra moist. This technique brines the chicken in beer instead. You can also cook it in the oven.

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    Serves: 8 

    • 6 cups water
    • 2 cups beer
    • 1/8 cup salt
    • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
    • 1 teaspoon onion powder
    • 1 (1 1/2 kg) whole chicken
    • wood chips for the barbecue
    • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
    • 2 tablespoons curry powder
    • 2 tablespoons chilli powder, divided
    • 1 tablespoon pepper
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
    • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

    Preparation:15min  ›  Cook:55min  ›  Extra time:1hour soaking  ›  Ready in:2hours10min 

    1. Combine brine ingredients - water, beer, 1/8 cup salt, garlic powder and onion powder - in a large container, one that is large enough to hold the brine and the chicken. Soak whole chicken in brine for 1 hour.
    2. Soak wood chips in water for 1 hour.
    3. Preheat barbecue for indirect cooking method. Place wood chips over coals when ready to cook.
    4. In a small bowl, combine cumin, curry, chilli powder, pepper, 1 teaspoon salt, paprika and cayenne pepper. Rub chicken inside and out with spice mixture.
    5. Place chicken on bbq breast side down. Close lid and cook for 30 minutes. Turn over and cook for an additional 25 minutes, or until done to preference. Keep the lid closed while cooking for even cooking and to get more of that smoky flavour.

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    This recipe was faster than the time shown. I simply added the chicken to the brine for an hour and spiced it up and then placed it on the grill! The depth of flavor was incredible and I was able to make it with boneless, skinless chicken breasts without the breasts coming out dry!  -  12 Nov 2001  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    Chicken has great flavor & very tender. I cooked it in the oven, so I also added liquid smoke & 1/3 cup olive oil to seasonings. Thanks for a great recipe!  -  15 Apr 2007  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    this chicken was so wonderful! being winter in PA i did not have the option to cook it on the grill, so i improvised with the slow cooker and the chicken was so tender it was completely falling off the bone. i just rubbed the chicken with the spices and put the brine ingredients into the bottom of the crock pot. i also added some whole red potatoes which had amazing flavor and were perfectly cooked at the end of 8 hours on low. great dish!  -  05 Mar 2011  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)