Need a Dish For Labor Day? We’ve Got You Covered.

Alright, you’ve got a Labor Day party to attend, and they’ve asked you to bring a dish. Don’t stress. It’s Friday, sure, but you’ve still got a couple of days. So, let’s figure this thing out. First of all, you should bring a 12-pack or growler of something special. Is it still too soon for Pumpkin Beers? That’s your call. You know what your friends like.

When it comes to the food, I know I always find myself quite anxious when asked to bring something edible. I’m the furthest thing from a cook, so I usually end up with a bag of Fritos and some dip. That’s not cool when you’re an adult. Check out this Grilled Beer & Buttermilk Chicken with Sriracha Glaze. It’ll most certainly impress your friends and it’s fairly easy to make.

Beer & Buttermilk Grilled Chicken with Sriracha Glaze


For the Chicken:

2 cups Buttermilk
12 ounces IPA
2 tsp kosher or sea salt
1 tsp smoked paprika
¼ tsp cayenne
½ tsp cumin
1 tbs brown sugar
1 white onion, sliced
2 lbs chicken drumsticks and wings
Cilantro, minced (optional)

For The Glaze:

¼ cup Sriracha
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 tsp salt
2 cloves garlic, minced
¼ cup tomato paste
½ cup IPA beer
2 tbs fish sauce
1/3 cup mirin

Beer & Buttermilk Grilled Chicken with Sriracha Glaze the Beeroness



1. In a large bowl whisk together the buttermilk, 12 ounces beer, salt, smoked paprika, cayenne, cumin, and brown sugar. Add the onions and chicken to the marinade. Cover and place in the refrigerator for at least 6 hours and up to 12.

2. Just prior to grilling, make the glaze. In a saucepan over medium high heat, whisk together all the glaze ingredients. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently, until thickened, about 8 minutes.

3. Remove the chicken from the marinade, discard marinade.

4. Place the chicken on a preheated grill, brush with glaze, cook for about 2 minutes, flip and brush with glaze. Continue to flip and brush with glaze every 2-4 minutes until chicken is cooked through, about 20-25 minutes (depending on the size of your chicken). Transfer chicken to a serving platter and sprinkle with cilantro.

That’s not too bad, right? It’s time you break out of your comfort zone. You can do this. I have faith in each and every one of you. Now, go enjoy your long weekend.

And a big thank you goes out to the The Beeroness for sharing this wonderful recipe.

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