The key to great grilled chicken is to get it really juicy, and I have now learned that marinating chicken in beer first definitely works. You see, I bought some chicken thighs at the grocery store on Sunday and was rifling through the cabinets Monday morning trying to think of what to marinate them in. Our cupboards are pretty bare so I proceeded to start flipping through a cookbook I hadn’t used in awhile The Barbecue Bible. I found a Brazilian Beer Chicken recipe where the chicken marinates for days in a base of beer, garlic, onions and paprika. Works for me, even at the sacrifice of a beer.
This recipe created incredibly succulent and tangy chicken and I will definitely make it again. I marinated my chicken for about 36 hours before grilling it.
Grilled Chicken Marinated in Beer(serves 6)
Adapted from The Barbecue Bible
Whisk together the beer, oil, mustard, paprika and pepper in a medium bowl. Add chiles, onion, garlic and bay and combine. In a marinating container combine chicken and marinade. Marinate in the refrigerator for anywhere from 6 to 48 hours. Grill as normal and you can use the marinade to baste the chicken while grilling for the first portion of cooking. (Obviously the marinade isn't food safe, so discard and cook the chicken and sauce thoroughly.)