Guinness BBQ Chicken

My husband and I love to throw football game parties for our friends and family.

The excitement of the game and shouts of encouragement make game day special.

Last weekend, I decided to prepare my recipe for Guinness beer BBQ chicken. I made them using chicken wings, which is more appropriate for a football game. It makes for succulent tasty chicken wing that makes it impossible to eat just one wing.

Beer BBQ Chicken recipe
I love this particular Guinness Beer BBQ chicken recipe because it has Asian influence.

You can vary it by changing the pieces of chicken or adding other ingredients such as extra brown sugar or herbs. Some variations that I have found tasty are adding a touch of curry,  chili powder, or cayenne pepper if you want it spicier. Try to vary it by adding molasses or more unique Asian spices. Or you can add chopped tomatoes or cheeses to the mix if you wanted it less spicy.

The beer adds a richness of flavor and deepens the taste. Guinness beer adds a distinct flavor to this BBQ sauce, but don’t be too concerned about the alcohol, as it cooks away with the high temperatures.

The sauce is also great to try on other kinds of meats. I love to cook pork with it – like ribs or a tenderloin. I’ve found that it’s also good to serve something bland with this dish because of the spicy nature, so I usually add celery sticks with ranch or fries or rice.

This BBQ chicken recipe could be made in advance and then refrigerated. The more it rests in the refrigerator, the more intense the flavors become. 

If you do not want to grill outside, cook the chicken with a wok. Follow the recipe and when it gets sticky and thick then transfer the chicken pieces to a clean baking dish and keep warm in the oven.

While preparing this dish, think about fixing something cool for a dessert to complement it. Key Lime pie, ice cream or sorbet are some good choices. 

Here is the basic version of the recipe that you can expand on and make it your own.

Guinness BBQ Chicken Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 Teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 -1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 Tablespoon syrup or molasses
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
  • Herbs of your choice such as sage or parsley
  • 1 Bottle of Guinness beer
  • 3 lbs. Chicken pieces wings or breasts
  • 1 Tablespoon soy sauce

Directions

Rub salt and pepper on the chicken pieces. Place the pieces in a baking dish. Mix all of the remaining ingredients together. Separate a cup to baste with. Pour the rest of the sauce over the chicken and refrigerate overnight. Turn the chicken pieces halfway through the marinade process so that each side will soak up the flavor. Next day, remove the chicken from the marinade. Cook the chicken on the grill. Do not reuse the marinade that the chicken was in overnight. It was on raw chicken and is not safe to use. Turn the chicken on the grill frequently. As you cook the chicken brush with the reserved marinade. When the chicken is done place the chicken pieces into a clean baking dish. Pour any reserved marinade that has not been used over the top of the chicken. Serve and enjoy with rice or your favorite side dish. Don’t forget the napkins!