Those of you who know me, know that I like to drink an occasional beer…..responsibly of course. In my opinion, beer is one of the most important inventions in the history of the world. Interestingly, beer is considered to be the world’s oldest written recipe. Archeologists discovered a clay tablet that was dated back 4000 years in the ruins of ancient Mesopotamia with a beer recipe.
Beer is one of the most versatile beverages and goes well with just about anything. My wife just made some gourmet pasta with mussels, garlic, and tomato for lunch. After my first bite it hit me, a beer would go good with this. I brought her one as well. Beer is like a Swiss Army Knife; the utility is endless.
If you can’t get it done yourself with a Swiss Army Knife, you should probably call an expert. Along that same logic, if beer isn’t the answer to your problem, there’s probably a larger, underlying issue and drinking more will not help. But don’t worry, this is a judgment free zone.
There are several different types of beer, so you can choose flavors that will complement whatever you're grilling. For example, if you're looking for a fruity flavor, you can use beer like Blue Moon or Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy or if you need a more sophisticated flavor, turn to your local micro brewery like Carolina Ale House or Front Street Brewery to choose the unique flavors your dish deserves. So, off the top of my head, here are a few of the most basic utilities of beer as they relate to Grilling:
You burned your hand: Hold a cold beer to sooth the pain
Your chili is getting too thick: Pour a little beer in it (check out my Grilled Chili)
Your brat wursts are getting a little crispy: Stick’em back in the beer
Your chicken won’t stand up: Shove a Budweiser up it's ass
You want to increase the humidity in your smoker: Pour a beer in the drip pan
Your flames are too high: Splash some beer on the coals
You are sweating your ass off standing over the grill: Drink a Land Shark
You don’t have a grill timer: Use consumption rates as measurement of time. This really comes in handy when your wife is trying to time the rest of the meal with the meat. Just tell her the ribs will be ready in two beers
Your ribs are drying out: Spritz them with Redd's Apple Ale
You want to steam some crab legs: Drink three bottles of Bud Light Lime and lay the empties on their side in the bottom of your pot. Add water halfway up bottles and season accordingly. Bring to a boil. Put your crab legs in the basket, lower basket and set on top of the empty beer bottles and cover. Steam until done (Dad, this is me calling you out to Make Your Mark)
You want to keep your rotisserie turkey moist: Pour a beer in the drip pan
You don’t have anything in the pantry to marinate your chicken legs with: Use Stella Artois
Those are just a few examples of how beer can enhance your grilling experience. Beer is like the duct tape of grilling. If you don’t have the specific ingredient that the recipe calls for, beer makes a great substitute. I know there are other ways to use beer while you’re grilling. Use the comment section below to tell us how you’ve used beer at the grill.