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Beer Barbecued Chicken

Prep Time:

1 hr 45 mins

Cook Time:

20 minutes


6 servings


152 calories


  • 1 Tbls smoked paprika

  • 2 Tsp dried oregano

  • 1 1/2 tsp salt

  • 1 tsp dark brown sugar (packed)

  • 1 tsp ground cumin

  • 1/2 tsp onion powder

  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder

  • 1/2 tsp ground chipotle chile

  • 1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper

  • 1 4 lb chicken

  • 1 12 oz bottled beer (preferably pale ale or lager)


Step 1

Preheat a gas grill (with all burners lit) to 400 degrees F or build a fire in a charcoal grill and let it burn down to medium heat (about 400 degrees F).

Step 2

Combine paprika, oregano, salt, brown sugar, cumin, onion powder, garlic powder, chipotle chile and pepper in a small bowl.

Step 3

Remove giblets from chicken (if included) and trim any excess skin. Loosen the skin over the breast and thigh meat. Rub the spice mixture under the skin onto the breast meat and leg meat, a little on the skin and inside the cavity. Tuck wings under the body and tie the legs together with kitchen string.

Step 4

If using a gas grill, turn off one burner (leaving 1 to 2 burners lit, depending on your grill). If using a charcoal grill, move the coals to one side. Wearing an oven mitt, carefully place a drip pan under the grill rack on the unheated side. Place the chicken breast-side down on the rack over the pan. Pour half the beer into the cavity (it's OK if some drips out into the drip pan).

Step 5

Close the lid and roast undisturbed for 45 minutes.

Step 6

Turn the chicken breast-side up. Pour the remaining beer into the cavity. Cover and continue roasting until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh without touching bone registers 165 degrees F, 30 to 45 minutes more. Transfer the chicken to a clean cutting board; let rest for 10 minutes before removing the string and carving.

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