Time to fire up the grill for the 4th of July!

It's almost the 4th of July in the US - why not get your Irish on and add a little Guinness to your barbecue?

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Guinness BBQ chicken recipe


  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1 broiling/frying chicken (about 3 lbs) cut into serving pieces
  • 1 bottle of Guinness
  • 1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon dark molasses
  • 1/8 teaspoon red pepper sauce


Rub seasoned salt evenly over chicken. Arrange chicken in single layer in shallow 2-quart baking dish.

Mix remaining ingredients in small bowl; pour over chicken pieces. Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight; turn chicken over several times during marinating.

Preheat coals in outdoor barbecue. Remove chicken from marinade; reserving marinade. Arrange chicken, skin-side up, on cooking rack 5-7 inches above hot coals. Cook until underside of chicken is dark brown, 20-25 minutes. Brush it with marinade.

Turn chicken over; brush chicken with marinade. Cook until underside of chicken is dark brown, 20-25 minutes longer. Turn chicken over; continue cooking until chicken is fork tender, 5-10 minutes longer, brushing often with marinade. Serve hot or cold.

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* Originally published in 2011, updated in June 2020

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