Cooking With Beer

Beer Can Chicken

  1. Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat, about 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Mix the brown sugar, chili powder, paprika, dry mustard, salt, and ground black pepper in a small bowl. …
  2. Rinse chicken under cold running water. …
  3. Place the chicken, standing on the can, directly on the preheated grill.
  4. Cook the chicken over medium-high, indirect heat (i.e. no coals or burners on directly under the bird), with the grill cover on, for approximately 1 1/4 hours or until the internal temperature registers 165 degrees F in the breast area and 180 degrees F in the thigh, or until the thigh juice runs clear when stabbed …


What is better with beer than BBQ? Summer daze are just around the corner so we thought it would be a good time to share some ideas about how to use your favorite craft beer other than to pop a cold one. Try one of these flame-tested techniques!

Use your favorite local craft beer…..

As a soaking medium for wood chips. It slows the combustion rate of the wood so that it smolders and smokes, not burns.It gives you a hint of beer flavor in the process.

As a humidifying agent in your smoker. Add your favorite brew to the drip pan of your water smoker to keep the meat moist. It may add a subtle beer flavor that becomes more pronounced the more beer you drink.

As a marinade. The malty- hoppy flavor of beer, particularly dark beer, tastes awesome with pork, beef, and chicken.

As a basting or mop sauce. Mix 1 cup dark beer with 1 cup honey, ¼ cup of melted butter and a few tablespoons of minced ginger. Use this mixture for roast suckling pig, or smoked or spit-roasted pork shoulder.

As a spray. Put your thumb over the top of an open longneck (preferably a Vancouver Island Brew). Shake gently, then slide your thumb back a millimeter or so — just enough to release a carbonated stream of beer, which you direct towards the brisket, pork, or spit-roasting chicken in lieu of a mop sauce.

As a barbecue sauce. Used sparingly, beer makes an interesting addition to barbecue sauce — especially a flavored beer.I say sparingly because the hops can leave a bitter taste in a sauce if you add too much beer.

Soups and Stews:North Shore Beer and Gumbo

Beer adds a rich, earthy flavor to soups and stews that makes them taste like they’ve been simmering for hours. Beers with a sweet or nutty taste can add depth to desserts. And don’t worry about getting drunk – virtually all of the alcohol evaporates during the cooking process.


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