Recipes That Prove Everything is Better With Beer

July 17, 2015
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If you thought beer was only for drinking, we’ve got news for you – it’s great to eat, too. We’re not talking about deep fried beer from your local fair (it exists) but, rather, using it to enhance some tried and true recipes. Beer is great for use in cooking, and here are a few recipes you should try if you don’t believe us.

Grilled Bratwurst with Beer, Mustard, and Sauerkraut
What’s a camping trip without bratwurst? Whether grilled or baked we think this recipe will work wonders on the trail. A little bit of mustard and a good helping of sauerkraut round out a delicious brat smothered in beer.

New York Grilled Strip with Butter Dubbel
If you’ve never tried a Belgian dubbel, you might as well start by dousing it on a New York strip. This recipe is simplistic in nature and doesn’t require any special cooking techniques. Instead, you mix the beer with the butter beforehand and allow it to cool for a couple of hours. Then, after grilling your steak you use the chilled beer butter as a spread.

Beer Glazed Salmon
A good porter goes a long way in sprucing up a salmon. Mix it with some butter, soy sauce, ginger and brown sugar and you’ve got a top-notch glaze bound to impress everyone in your family. The recipe calls for garlic in the mix too, but we left that one out. Give it a go, if that’s your thing. Either way, it’s a fish recipe that’ll keep even the seafood haters coming back for more.

Arrogant Bastard Ale Onion Rings
With a name like that, how could we not give it a shot? Sometimes you need a simple, great-tasting appetizer on hand for the boys whether you’re on the trail or watching the game. These onion rings slathered in a batter made specifically from Stone Brewing Co.’s Arrogant Bastard Ale will satisfy everyone’s craving. You don’t have to use Arrogant Bastard, but Bud Lite Onion Rings doesn’t have quite the same ring to it, does it?

Beer-Braised Ribs
A tender rib is one of the most delicious treats any man can have, and if you can master the art of cooking it in beer you’ll want to eat nothing else for life. We found a tasty recipe that calls for the ribs to be cooked in a strange concoction of ginger, cinnamon, garlic, chilies and allspice berries. Sounds strange, but the results are some of the best ribs we’ve had in our lives.

Beer-Glazed Fished Tacos
They’ve even found a way to include beer in Mexican food. If the salmon above didn’t do it for you, try these mouthwatering fish tacos with kiwi mango salsa. The fish is marinated in a beer-infused mix of lime and orange while the salsa includes a dash of kiwi and mango and some jalapenos to spice things up. If you’re feeling daring, add a little jalapeno to the marinade too.

Beer Cured Bacon
Did you think you’d make it through this list without seeing bacon? We’d never do that to you. Bacon deserves nothing less than a good craft beer, and the recipe recommends a strong stout or porter. We agree. The curing and smoking process is a little lengthy, but trust us when we say it’s definitely worth the effort. Bacon always is.

Black and Tan Stout Cake
Finally, no meal is complete without a delectable dessert. In this case, we’ve found a recipe that uses not one variety of beer, but two. It’s pretty much a giant Oreo cookie covered in beer and frosting. What’s not to love?

Do you have any recipes that use beer to liven up the taste? If so, share them in the comments!

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