52 Cooking With Beer Recipes

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Almost from the beginning of written language, there has been beer.  The ancient Egyptians left a recipe carved in a wall and left jugs of beer with their dead to enjoy in the afterlife.

I imagine the day after beer was invented, someone made an Irish Stew.  Cooking with beer infuses recipes with this intoxicating concoction of hops and barley in an effort to enhance and enrich everyday food.

Thanks to an article on WIKIHow, here are a few suggestions on using beer as an ingredient...

Select a beer that complements and enhances the food. The right type of beer should be considered before you cook. One rule of thumb to follow is like wine––use dark beer for robust dishes and light beer for lighter fare.
  • Generally, pale ale beer complements nearly all recipes. Beer intensifies during cooking, so a lighter tasting beer may lend more of a blended flavor than a darker beer.
  • Nut brown beer is ideal for rich dishes such as stews or cheese dishes.
  • Strong Belgian Ales complement meat dishes. Most meat, especially red meat, dishes will require the use of dark brown ale rather than the lighter version.
  • Fruity Beers will well with desserts.
  • Wheat ales can enhance seafood and poultry dishes.
  • Lager beer works well for baking breads because it adds levity to the dough. Beer can be used instead of yeast in pancakes and some breads.
  • Adding beer to batters produces a light and crispy texture.

Grilled Beer Braised Brats

This is one of those pins that everyone will need at some point. Grilling brats the right way is more than just slapping 'em on some heat and letting go...


Spicy Brown Beer Mustard

A FANTASTIC recipe for a Cook!  Sure, makes a great dip as is, and certainly you can top a Hot Dog at the backyard BBQ.  But this spicy, filled with varieties of flavor mustard adds a new dimension to anything you add mustard to...a salad vinaigrette to a pistachio crusted Ham... And this is EASY and a great introduction to home canning of condiments!

Salads, Appetizers and Snacks...

THIS IS FANTASTIC! The beer is sugared and heated to make a delicious easy FLAVORFUL caramel candy sauce. Add a few spices, mix with roasted nuts and you have an AMAZING Bar Snack at home. A terrific appetizer!

Doritos and Beer Spinach Dip 

I LOVE this recipe, two types of melty cheese, deep flavored beer, made creamy with sour cream and pretty with spinach (and the illusion of healthy). And be sure to use Doritos TACO CHIPS... YUM INDEED!

Beer Bread, the EASIEST of all Breads!

YOU CAN BAKE BREAD! You can really. Beer bread takes all the worry part out of the process. NO YEAST, NO RISING, Just mix and heat and your house smells wonderful and the bread is ready to enjoy. Alcohol gets cooked out leaving the rich goodness of the malts and hops from the seasonings. SIMPLE but SPECTACULAR

Pizza Bread... made with BEER BREAD! For the crust used a slice of the EASIEST to bake of all breads, BEER BREAD! For the toppings, the classic original Italian pizza, the Margherita (named for an old queen, not the tequila drink)... Tomatoes, Mozzarella and Basil. WORKS GREAT AND FRESH HOT HOME Pizzeria QUALITY IN MINUTES!

Beer Bread is PERFECT for any out door BBQ, the bread is dense, the alcohol cooks out (NO ALCOHOL), leaving a bread flavored with Hops and Malts and stays texturally ideal for this salad of fresh tomatoes, onions, peppers all marinated in a Honey Mustard Vinaigrette! The salad is BEST when made several hours in advance leaving time free for working on a main course

Cheesy Mustard Beer Bread

This is incredible, like a grilled cheese, but favored with a whole grain mustard (baked into the bread) and flavored with a rich malt PORTER British style BEER. SO full of flavor, stands up to a gorgeous Beer Chili. AMong my favorite recipes EVER!!!

EASY Beer Bread

Stop buying pre-packaged mixes, Make your Own 1/2 the Cost. Beer bread may be the easiest of any home made bread. No kneading. No rising time, just mix a few ingredients (that are always in your pantry anyway) and you have fresh baked home made bread.

Side Dishes...

Cheesy crispy and tender potatoes au Gratin with hints of the citrus Hops of a Wheat Beer. EASY to make and unique flavors all make this fantastic side dish!  Deep rich infused flavors make this simple potato dish over the top!

Cheesy Stuffed Acorn Squash

52 Side Dish Recipes. I LOVE this recipe, two types of melty cheese, deep flavored beer, made creamy with sour cream and pretty with spinach (and the illusion of healthy) and "beefed" up with Brown Rice for a delicious Vegetarian Side Dish fit for a special occasion (or a wonderful lunch!

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AWESOME Smoked Pork and beans and BEER!

The science of beans and Smoked Ribs is explained... The cooking process makes the ribs tender and moist and delicious... And the beans are simply DELICIOUS AND A PERFECT PAIRING FOR YOUR BBQ! Simmered for hours in beer these are thick, rich, sweet and spicy and Amazing!

Onion Rings - Za Za Zingy Beer Battered

Sesame seed Onion Rings... Everyone knows that toasting sesame seeds doubles the flavor... Works the same when you fry these beauties. Bar Snacks at home, crispy crunchy and loaded with flavor! ... OH AND BEER! Easy peasy, you can do this!

Main Courses...

Summer BBQ Chicken Risotto with HOW TO DIY Photo TIPS - 52 Uses for a Rotisserie Chicken... This is GOOD... Really GOOD. All the summer BBQ tastes you love, BBQ seasoned Chicken, Corn on the Cob, Onions and a BEER, all molded into a sweet creamy AMAZING Italian treat. Included are LOTS of PHOTO DIY Tips insuring success. I MEAN REALLY GOOD! best Risotto I have ever made.

Beer soaked, Hot Sauced Buffalo Chicken and all the flavors of a Buffalo Chicken Wing are add to a pizza with a BEER PIZZA CRUST. This makes a great appetizer... and one of those, "If I owned a Bar", this is what I would serve recipes!

Soups and Stews...

Philly Inspired Beer CheeseSteak Soup

Philly Inspired BEER CHEESESTEAK SOUP (or is it Cheese Steak???) -  Of course the inspiration is the classic Philly Cheese Steak sandwich! The Sandwich that puts the LOVE in the city of Brotherly Love! Steak, Peppers and Onions, lots of Cheese and top everything off with a golden brown and delicious piece of garlic toast! Hearty, rib sticking, beautiful, filling and DELICIOUS!!!

Stuffed Peppers BEER Soup actually!  This suddenly became one of my very FAVORITE SOUPS! LOADED with flavors from the rice cooked in beer (optional to use chicken stock if you prefer) to the fresh tomatoes and so much meat it is almost a hamburger stew. Colorful, beautiful and fantastic FLAVORS, crock pot EASY!

Beer Chicken Chili This is LOADED with flavors. Rich thick fresh made tomato gravy (yes, fresh tomatoes, but can used canned if you must). Cajun and Chili Spices heat up the mix along with beans, corn and LOTS AND LOTS of Chicken. BEST I have EVER EATEN And BEER... The alcohol cooks out leaving a hearty delicious malty taste!

Fortune Favors the BOLD BEER CHILI

A malty British style PORTER beer adds heft to this tomato based BOLDLY SPICED CHILI... Best I have ever had!  Rich thick tomato gravy, loads of meat and beans and that hint of hoppy bold BEER! My favorite!
Irish Beef Stew with Porter Beer

Irish Beef Stew with Porter Beer The BEST of Winter when all the summer and fall harvest is done and the root cellar gives up the winter potatoes, carrots and onions. Plenty of seasonings and that thick Stout Porter style beer turns everything into a rich thick gravy coating. Slow and low simmer allows the meat to become fork tender and delicious! Warm up with a bowl

Beer Pineapple Jambalaya - Sweet-Heat and Savory

The New Orleans Classic Cajun rice dish gets a premium makeover (But still is VERY EASY to make). Rich dark flavorful Hops of a British Porter Style beer, Fantastic Cajun Spices, Garlic and finally just to sweeten the Cajun-ness a bit of sweet delicious PINEAPPLE! Loaded with the usual Andouille Sausage, Chicken, Vegetables and rice... FANTASTIC, BEST RECIPE EVER!!!

Thick and Creamy Killian's Beer Cheese Soup

Just in time for the BIG GAME comes this BIG soup with a BIG flavor sure to please your BIG crowd of football fans... Cheese - GOOD... Beer - GOOD... BEER CHEESES SOUP - REALLY GOOD! (but Shhhh... lots of veggies pureed in here too)


LOTS of HINTS and TRICKS for a PERFECT BRISKET EVERY TIME! No need for a complicated or expensive injectable marinade. A citrusy sweet, bready Hop Beer has plenty of Earthy flavors while a fruit juice and melted butter make this easy and ideal ... When you absolutely Positively HAVE to have a moist tender and delicious Big Hunk of Meat!

Smoked Pulled pork on a Weber Kettle Grill

A PHOTO ESSAY with 13 Tips to Success... REALLY, YOU CAN MAKE RESTAURANT (Better than most restaurants) QUALITY SMOKED PULLED PORK ON A Simple WEBER KETTLE GRILL. No need for an expensive Smoker or lots of tools. LOTS AND LOTS OF HOW TO PHOTOS so easy a beginner can do it!  With a beer Spritz to keep everything moist!

Easiest Tastiest 3 Ingredient Slow Cooker EASY

OH MY is this ever EASY... Only three ingredients, but LOTS of flavor.  Crock Pot set and forget easy.  About 8 pounds of cooked meat with minutes of hands on work.  BIG payoff in taste!  Will make about 50 small slider size sandwiches, great for any Pass a Plate PotLuck!  No sauce (except on the side) as the beer does all the moistening... LOTS of Beer FLAVORING!

Beer Braised Grilled Brats

Brats may be the easiest thing to make on a grill... Heat and eat. BUT THERE ARE WAYS TO MAKE THEM BETTER... Like slow heating them in BEER (infusing flavor... And Cache' Value among the guys). It is easy, dramatic tasting and with just a couple of hints and tricks you can be the KING OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD BBQ!
Beer Braised Grilled Faux Meatball Brats

The "meatballs" are sliced Brats, then braised in an English style Beer, then Grilled with Onions... These Appetizers were GOBBLED up at a recent BBQ Party!  IMPOSSIBLY EASY, dramatic look and delicious taste!

European 'Kraut, Brats and Beer! 

Flavors of the old countries (Germany and Poland primarily but anywhere the Sausages are loved)! This SIMPLE (4 ingredients and a bottle of beer, ONE SAUTE PAN), EASY, FAST Dish is simply LOADED with flavors. Simmered vegetables and Braised Sausage and the ease of cooking makes this a FANTASTIC Weeknight meal!

Shepherd's Pie from Turkey Day Leftovers(or Rotisserie Chicken, Ground Beef, Pulled Pork)

A thick rich stout gravy holds the filling of Turkey, 5 different vegetables and seasonings and transfers leftovers (or heck, this is so good, make the meat special for this) into something special. Two potatoes (whipped Russet and whipped Sweet Potatoes) make a delicious mix of flavors for the topping. ALWAYS a crowd pleaser!

Beer Battered Fried Fish Fillets

Don't be afraid to cook fish... This is one of those very simple to make recipes.  The dipping batter is just Cornmeal, flour, seasonings and beer.  The technique is equally easy, just fry until the color is right (both sides) and the fish is cooked PERFECT Every time.  Light and crispy batter and flaky moist fish!  EASY TO DIY and DELICIOUS!

I LOVE this recipe, two types of melty cheese, deep flavored beer, made creamy with sour cream and pretty with spinach (and the illusion of healthy). And be sure to use Doritos TACO CHIPS... YUM INDEED!

This is one of those pins that everyone will need at some point. Grilling brats the right way is more than just slapping 'em on some heat and letting go... Prick em, soak em... Love your meat and your meat will love you back!

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Everyone knows about cooking with wine, but BEER has so much more complex flavors.  I imagine the day after beer was invented, someone made an Irish Stew. Cooking with beer infuses recipes with this intoxicating concoction of hops and barley in an effort to enhance and enrich everyday food..  Come take a look, sure to have something you might like to try.  All recipes have been tested and WORK!


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