Fat Tire Amber Ale BBQ Grilled Chicken

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Grilled Fat Tire Amber Ale BBQ Chicken

It’s Fire Up the Grill Week at Once Upon a spice & I wanted to kick it off with a quintessential summertime meal–the perfect trio!

The chicken and corn can be prepared on the grill and the macaroni salad made the day before. No Stove-top Heat Necessary! The Fat Tire Amber ale imparts a slight taste of spirits and the pungent seasonings kick up the flavors by volumes. Come home, pop your chicken and corn on the BBQ and within 30 minutes you’re calling this one crazy delicious dinner!! Slice up a cantaloupe, honey dew or watermelon for dessert–DONE! PERFECTION!


  • 10-12 chicken drumsticks, thighs or a combination of both
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • ½ -1 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • 4-5 garlic gloves, minced
  • Juice and rind of 1 lime—coarsely grind rind
  • 2 cups Fat Tire Amber Ale or beer of choice—use the one you enjoy drinking
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 1/2 cups of your favorite barbecue sauce


  • Wash chicken and remove skin if you prefer.
  • Place into a resealable gallon plastic Ziploc bag.
  • Mix olive oil, onion powder, paprika, ground cumin, cayenne and ground black pepper. Squeeze in lime, grated peel and garlic cloves Pour in beer. Stir everything together. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Mix in chopped parsley. Pour marinade into bag with chicken pieces.
  • Allow chicken to marinate overnight, but no less than 4 hours. Even longer if you have the time.
  • Heat grill, remove and drain chicken pieces.
  • Toss chicken with a little extra olive oil, salt & pepper. Grill on medium hot for 10 minutes, turn over and grill for another 10 minutes.
  • Turn again and add BBQ sauce, grill for 3-5 more minutes, turn over and repeat.
  • Grill until juices run clear and chicken is a nice golden brown with a slight black char.
  • Serve with macaroni or potato salad and a fresh ear of grilled corn. A perfect summertime meal!

8 Comments Add yours

  1. Osyth says:

    Ola! I’m back from my wanderings so I can do more than read and ‘like’ your posts – why isn’t there a LOVE button on WordPress because some of those Pizzas had me swooning with delight – especially that sweet baby at the end of the week. Anyhoo (as they say in one of the lands I have just been a-visiting) … I need your help desperately with this grilling thing. I have never been very good at it though I did once build a BBQ out of bricks all by myself for the girls and I. It mostly rusted though since they did not think my efforts at all worthy and kept telling me to get a man! I got a man when they were all grown up and he can’t grill. So I’m turning to your brilliance and have high expectations …. we have the equipment and I feel a chicken and corn moment following. If you see smoke rising from Massive Chewsetts don’t call the fire brigade – it’s just your eager follower getting over-zealous 😀

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    1. Ola!! So happy you’re back! Massive Chewsetts?? Love it! This would be a great name for a traveling food club! Much better than Pot-Luck! I’m here for you, my friend–maybe we can keep the fire brigade at bay? You’re the best Osyth! Just a gem ♥

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      1. Osyth says:

        Feel free to co-opt the name of you need it …. It’s good to be back – bring on the fire!!!

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  2. spearfruit says:

    Oh goodness yes! I can cook this and eat it too! Thanks Lana! 🙂

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    1. Perfect, Terry! It’s REALLY yummy!! One of my all-time BBQ faves! Thanks, Sweetie! xoxo

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  3. I just LOVE grilling season, Lana! What a perfect summertime meal! xo

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    1. Thanks, Kathryn! Oh me too! Stovetop cooking in summer?? What’s that?? xoxo

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