Fire up the grill with this Guinness barbecue chicken recipe.

It's almost the 4th of July, the sun is shining more, and the summer holidays are upon us ... do you need any more excuses to spark up "the barbie" and try out this delicious Guinness BBQ chicken recipe?!

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 a single layer in a shallow 2-quart baking dish.

Mix remaining ingredients in a 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 the underside of the chicken is dark brown, 20-25 minutes. Brush it with marinade.

Turn chicken over; brush chicken with marinade. Cook until the underside of the 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.

* Originally published in 2011, updated in June 2022.