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A bowl full of Beer Marinated Grilled Drumsticks
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Beer Marinated Grilled Drumsticks

These Beer Marinated Grilled Drumsticks are a simple masterpiece. A straightforward, budget-friendly recipe that's made for the grill and perfect for feeding a crowd, these little drummies are juicy, charred to perfection and are loaded with smooth, dark beer caramel flavors.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Marinating Time4 hrs
Total Time4 hrs 30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Brazilian
Keyword: chicken, marinade
Servings: 6 to 8 servings
Calories: 336kcal
Author: aline_shaw


  • 4 pounds chicken drumsticks
  • 12 ounces Dunkel-style "dark" lager such as Modelo Negra
  • 3 Tablespoons Brazilian Sofrito, or 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 Tablespoon paprika
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • sal grosso style rock salt for grilling


For the Marinade:

  • In a large bowl, combine the garlic, the paprika, the barbecue sauce, the brown sugar, the olive oil and whisk to combine.
  • Next, add in the beer and whisk to combine.
  • Add in the chicken drumsticks and stir gently to make sure they're all submerged in the marinade.
  • Cover the bowl with kitchen wrap, and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, or preferably overnight.

For Grilling:

  • About an hour before you intend to grill the drumsticks, remove the bowl from the fridge, and pour out the marinade and discard. Leave the drumsticks in the bowl.
  • Preheat your grill.
  • Immediately before grilling, add in the grilling salt to the chicken drumsticks and mix to combine with your hands or tongs.
  • Lay your chicken drumsticks on the grill so that they are evenly spaced and over direct heat. Cook, turning every 5 or so minutes, for about 30 minutes, or until they are charred to perfection and reach an internal temperature of 165F degrees on an instant read thermometer.

Bom Apetite!


    Calories: 336kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 186mg | Sodium: 212mg | Potassium: 474mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 142IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 1mg