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Beer Basted BBQ Chicken

June 10, 2017 (Last Updated: October 5, 2020)

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Beer Basted BBQ Chicken is barbecued and basted with a butter, beer, rosemary and garlic sauce. This delicious tasting grilled chicken is a perfect recipe for your outdoor grilling. 

Grilled chicken and thighs topped with fresh chopped parsley.

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. They are perfect served with Roasted Zucchini, Santa Maria Beans and a Caesar salad.

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.

Chicken served on a white plate with a green 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.

A dinner table set with grilled chicken and a green salad.

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!

More great recipes for the grill

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Grilled chicken pieces on a white plate.

Beer Basted BBQ Chicken

Barbecued chicken basted with a beer, butter and garlic sauce.
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 6 people
Calories 244 kcal



  • 1 cup beer
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary


  • 4 Chicken Hind Quarters
  • salt
  • pepper



  • Add beer, butter, whole garlic clove and whole rosemary sprig to a small saucepan. 
  • Heat over low heat until butter has melted. 
  • Set aside until ready to use on chicken. 


  • Salt and pepper chicken on both sides. 
  • Place chicken on a preheated barbecue grill. If using an gas grill, turn off middle burner and turn other burners to low. 
  • Flip chicken every 5 minutes. Watch for flareups. Move chicken away from any flames if flareups do occur. 
  • When chicken is about half way cooked (15 minutes) begin basting chicken with sauce. 
  • Reapply sauce every 5 minutes, when you turn chicken. 
  • When chicken is fully cooked, apply a final layer of sauce and serve. 


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. 


Calories: 244kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 12gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 94mgSodium: 127mgPotassium: 162mgVitamin A: 295IUVitamin C: 0.2mgCalcium: 8mgIron: 0.5mg
Keyword Basted BBQ chicken, BBQ chicken with beer, BBQ chicken with butter and beer, grilled chicken recipe
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  • Reply
    Fred G
    February 21, 2019 at 4:16 pm

    5 stars
    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! 🙂

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    [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!

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