• Cooking Time: 1-2 hrs
  • Servings: 4-6
  • Preparation Time: 20 minutes


This is a recipe that always changes from week to week depending on what is in the pantry for spices or what beer is in the frig. I like BBQ chicken, but the BBQ sauce thing can get old sometimes so I came up with this one. Now everytime I go to my Dads house, this is the BBQ chicken he serves. This one has pretty much been a big hit around my family.


  • 2 whole fryer’s cut up and spine removed (i like the small fryers for better cooking and taste) Safeway has a brand called Red Bird that is perfect for this recipe
  • Salt
  • Chili powder
  • Pepper
  • Paprika
  • Cayenne (optional)
  • Garlic powder (fresh garlic can be used if marinated over night)
  • Onion powder (fresh onion slices can be used if marinated over night)
  • Cilantro copped
  • 2 lemons
  • 2 beers (not light, but don't get too cute either)
  • 2 large zip bags
  • red food color (optional)


  • Place the chicken pieces on large platter.
  • Salt the chicken liberally.
  • Dash on the remaining seasoning not so liberally.
  • Turn the pieces and repeat.
  • Divide the chicken between 2 bags.
  • Add the cilantro. (garlic and onion if using fresh)
  • Squeeze one lemon in each bag.
  • Add enough beer to about half way up the chicken pieces when holding the bag at the top.
  • Add a little food color and your guest will be asking a sorts of questions. Insist that it is some secret that cant be told.
  • Let chicken marinate in the frig for at least 3 hours. Over night is the best.
  • Grill over real charcoal or mesquite chunks if possible. I like the indirect heat method, but I will not tell you how to BBQ. Remember chicken is done when its juice runs clear.
  • Oh yah. Dont poke your chicken with one of those fork things when turning. Use the tongs. Trust me!!
  • You can eat it like normal BBQ or pull it apart to make some great chicken tacos.

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