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Beer Basted BBQ Chicken

Delicious beer basted BBQ chicken

Chicken barbecued and basted with a butter, beer, rosemary and garlic sauce.

Beer basted BBQ chicken made with chicken hind quarters.

Summertime is grilling time! I love using our grill all year round, but during the summer time, our grill gets used almost every day! These beer basted BBQ chicken quarters are super delicious and are frequently on our summer menu.

Rod is the real grill master in our house, but sometimes I have to step up to the grill and get dinner on the table. This recipe for Beer Basted BBQ Chicken is one of his standby recipes.

I decided to see if I could replicate it last week while he was with the boys at a soccer tournament.

Beer Basted BBQ Chicken for dinner served with a salad.

The beer baste consists of butter, garlic cloves, fresh rosemary and… you guessed it….beer! It is brushed on the chicken while it is cooking and it is pure deliciousness! You could substitute thyme for the rosemary if you wanted.

I used chicken hind quarters but you could use any cut of chicken. When grilling chicken, use a low, indirect heat. On my gas grill, I turn off the middle burner and keep the other two on low. This helps avoid flare ups, but you do need to keep an eye on your chicken and move it around if you do get a flare up.

Start adding the basting sauce when the chicken is about half way done. You just baste on the sauce and let the chicken cook. I reapply about every five minutes when I turn the chicken.

Beer basted BBQ Chicken fresh off the grill.

What is Basting?

Basting is taking juices and fat and pouring it over the top of the chicken while cooking. The juices in this recipe is beer and the fat is butter! While the chicken is cooking you begin brushing the butter mixture over the top of the chicken. This helps seal in the chicken’s natural juices and adds extra moisture and flavor.


If you like cooking with beer, here are some of my favorite recipes – Beer Battered Fish, Beer and Cheddar Bread and Beer Can Chicken!

Beer Basted BBQ Chicken is chicken cooked on the grill and brushed with a beer, butter and fresh herb sauce. This is perfect for anytime of the year when you use your barbecue grill.


5 from 4 votes
Beer basted BBQ chicken
Beer Basted BBQ Chicken
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
50 mins

Barbecued chicken basted with a beer, butter and garlic sauce.

Course: Dinner, Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Basted BBQ chicken, BBQ chicken with beer, BBQ chicken with butter and beer, grilled chicken recipe
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 244 kcal
Author: Kathy
  • 1 cup beer
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary
  • 4 Chicken Hind Quarters
  • salt
  • pepper
  1. Add beer, butter, whole garlic clove and whole rosemary sprig to a small saucepan. 

  2. Heat over low heat until butter has melted. 

  3. Set aside until ready to use on chicken. 

  1. Salt and pepper chicken on both sides. 

  2. Place chicken on a preheated barbecue grill. If using an gas grill, turn off middle burner and turn other burners to low. 

  3. Flip chicken every 5 minutes. Watch for flareups. Move chicken away from any flames if flareups do occur. 

  4. When chicken is about half way cooked (15 minutes) begin basting chicken with sauce. 

  5. Reapply sauce every 5 minutes, when you turn chicken. 

  6. When chicken is fully cooked, apply a final layer of sauce and serve. 

Recipe Notes

Any cut of chicken works for this dish.

Can substitute fresh thyme for the rosemary.

Cooking time varies depending on the size of your chicken pieces and the temperature of your grill. 

Nutrition Facts
Beer Basted BBQ Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 244 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 20g 31%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 94mg 31%
Sodium 127mg 5%
Potassium 162mg 5%
Total Carbohydrates 1g 0%
Protein 12g 24%
Vitamin A 5.9%
Vitamin C 0.2%
Calcium 0.8%
Iron 2.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Reply
    Fred G
    February 21, 2019 at 4:16 pm

    Great diner idea.

  • Reply
    Pamela (BrooklynFarmGirl)
    June 16, 2017 at 3:37 pm

    It looks so juicy and amazing!

    • Reply
      June 18, 2017 at 5:15 am

      The beer/butter baste does keep the chicken very juicy!

  • Reply
    stacey @ The Sugar Coated Cottage
    June 14, 2017 at 5:52 pm

    I have to try this! The chicken looks fabulous and that skin!! So good. Take care.

    • Reply
      June 15, 2017 at 5:25 am

      I hope you do give it a try…you’re gonna love it! 🙂

  • Reply
    [email protected]
    June 14, 2017 at 1:56 pm

    I am not a beer drinker at all but I LOVE to cook / bake with it! This chicken sounds fantastic!

    • Reply
      June 15, 2017 at 5:25 am

      Thanks, Ashley!

  • Reply
    Anu - My Ginger Garlic Kitchen
    June 14, 2017 at 3:43 am

    This chicken looks so tender and juicy, Kathy. Beer + butter + garlic sound the best combo ever. I am sure it would make a great summer meal.

    • Reply
      June 15, 2017 at 5:24 am

      It is a pretty great combination of flavors.

  • Reply
    Agness of Run Agness Run
    June 13, 2017 at 1:32 pm

    Delightful recipe, Kathy! Can’t wait to give it a try!

    • Reply
      June 13, 2017 at 6:44 pm

      Thanks, Agness!

  • Reply
    peter @Feed Your Soul Too
    June 13, 2017 at 6:40 am

    Beer, butter, garlic & rosemary – I can taste it from here. Looks delicious.

    • Reply
      June 13, 2017 at 6:44 pm

      I hope you weren’t licking the screen! It’s much better coming straight off the grill 🙂

  • Reply
    June 13, 2017 at 6:22 am

    I think beer makes everything better. Beer and butter – amazing! I can almost taste the flavour combo – sounds delicious!

    • Reply
      June 13, 2017 at 6:43 pm

      Beer and butter is a perfect combination…as long as you aren’t drinking it!

  • Reply
    Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious
    June 12, 2017 at 6:02 pm

    Anything basted in butter sounds pretty darn good to me!

    • Reply
      June 13, 2017 at 6:42 pm

      I totally agree!

  • Reply
    Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary
    June 12, 2017 at 6:41 am

    Hooray for summer grilling! BBQ chicken is such a delicious classic, so I love that you gave it a fancy upgrade, Kathy!! Basting it with that beer mixture is genius!! I absolutely MUST try this! Cheers, friend!

    • Reply
      June 13, 2017 at 6:42 pm

      I wish I could take full credit for it, but this one is Rod’s invention!

  • Reply
    David @ Spiced
    June 12, 2017 at 5:57 am

    This chicken is making my mouth water right now, Kathy! From the looks of it, you mastered Rod’s recipe, and I’m glad you did. Thanks so much for sharing this one…we grill pretty nonstop in the summer, and I need to work this into the lineup soon. The flavors sound amazing!

    • Reply
      June 13, 2017 at 6:41 pm

      I do love barbecuing when the weather is beautiful!

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    Dawn - Girl Heart Food
    June 12, 2017 at 4:54 am

    What a delicious recipe and perfect for summer! Our grill gets lots of use during the summer months too (easy way to keep the kitchen clean 😉 ). Love the use of beer here too! Great idea :)!

    • Reply
      June 13, 2017 at 6:41 pm

      A little beer for the chicken….a little beer for me. Makes for good grilling! 🙂

  • Reply
    Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
    June 12, 2017 at 3:50 am

    I don’t think you’re missing any flavor with this dish 😉

    • Reply
      June 13, 2017 at 6:41 pm

      Nope….packed full of flavor!

  • Reply
    Sam | Ahead of Thyme
    June 12, 2017 at 12:22 am

    Yummm this chicken looks so juicy and tender!! Can’t wait to try it!

    • Reply
      June 13, 2017 at 6:40 pm

      Thanks, Sam! The butter and beer does help keep the chicken extra juicy!

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