With the Summer months approaching many of us will be attending or hosting outdoor bbq’s and cookouts. Cooking with beer marinades can change the way you serve your meats and fish. There are a variety of ways to incorporate beer to meats (and fish). Porters and wheat beers are great place to start. Wheat beers work best for chicken and pork. But you can always experiment with different beers and meats. Boiling bratwursts or sausages in beer also make it very tasty. Use Hefewizen with white fish such as Mahi Mahi, Sea Bass, Halibut or Swordfish. Don’t be afraid to try an IPA on chicken wings as well. Give marinating steaks with Amber Ale’s a shot too.
For a quick and easy marinade, I’ve found it simple to use a porter of your choice, a little garlic, salt and pepper along with your choice of meat. Let it marinate overnight and throw it on the grill. This is one of my go to marinades for last minute get together or bbq’s. For a little more zest, use flank steak marinated in a dark beer (porter or stout). You will be sure to get the aroma of nutty, chocolate flavor you wouldn’t normally expect to find in a meat.
Asian Style Flank Steak
- 1 Flank Steak
- 1/2 cup Porter (or other Stout beer)
- 1/3 cup soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons ketchup
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 1/2 tablespoons minced peeled fresh ginger
- 1 tablespoon Asian sesame oil
Whisk the first 6 ingredients in 13 x 9 x 2 inch glass baking dish. Add steak; turn to coat. Let marinate at room temperature 2 hours, turning occasionally.
Preheat broiler. Transfer steak to broiler pan. Drain marinade from dish into medium saucepan; boil 3 minutes. Broil steak until cooked to desired doneness, about 4 minutes per side for medium-rare. Using tongs, transfer steaks to platter; let stand 5 minutes. Cut crosswise into thin slices and serve, passing cooked marinade as sauce.
Next time you want to give your taste buds a different flavor, try using beer as a marinade. It’s a quick solution to adding extra flavor to your meals. Along with cooking with beer, you’ll always have the cold brew to enjoy as well!