Beer Up, Food: How To Cook With Beer

Beer Up, Food: How To Cook With Beer

Did you know there’s quite a few ways you can use beer when you cook? You can add it to sauces, glazes, and marinades for a delicious and unique flavor. You can also braise meat in it or even slow cook roasts with it like I did for my Pulled Pork Slow-Cooked in Beer. You can make a killer Three Ingredient Beer Bread, and you can even use it as an ingredient in pudding!

Try out some of these delicious recipes with beer below. What are some of your favorite recipes that utilize beer?

Beer-Braised Pork
Beer Can Chicken
Three Ingredient Beer Bread
Beer Cake
Kentucky Beer Cheese
Beer Battered Veggies
Brats and Beer On The Grill

One of the most popular ways I’ve seen it used is in beer can chicken. Essentially, you open up a can of beer and grill a chicken on it! Beer has a great way of making meats tender and juicy, so it’s perfectly paired with grilled fare. If you’re cooking a meat with a bone, the beer breaks down the collagen allowing the meat to be so tender it’s falling off the bones. Along with being tender, the beer also helps keep the meat moist and juicy.

When cooking with beer, you want to select one that compliments and enhances the dish. During the fall season there’s a wide variety of seasonal flavored lagers and ales that are sure to add a unique enhancement to your recipe. The great thing is, if you happen to purchase a beer that you don’t necessarily like the flavor of, you can do like I did with my pulled pork recipe and slow-cook it while adding something like an apple cider vinegar to balance out the displeasing taste.  This way you still have a tender and juicy meat and you’ve manipulated the taste a bit with extra additions.

I encourage you to buy an extra pack of your favorite beer and get creative. Let’s say that right now you‘re obsessed with a seasonal Pumpkin Ale. Why not use a little bit in your favorite Pumpkin Bread recipe? Or maybe you like a Caramel Apple Spiced Ale, let’s try that in some spiked applesauce! Maybe you’re stuck in tradition with those old canned favorites. Try it in a cheese dip! There’s so many ways to get creative with beer, don’t be afraid to try something new!

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