This Father's Day, treat Dad to something special by combining two of his favorite things: beef and beer. Adding a bit of brew to classic beef dishes gives a ton of smoky, earthy flavor he'll love. Here are some of the best beef and beer recipes, plus tips for what kind of beer is best in each dish.
Just like marinating with wine, beer naturally helps to tenderize cuts of meat as well as add flavor. Chef John says, "There are very few things in life as beautiful as a glistening, smoky flank steak on a grill, being painted with beerbeque sauce." Choose a strong beer, such as bock, porter, or stout.
Skirt steak is a tender and flavorful cut of meat that gets an extra kick from sazon seasoning and a light beer (like Corona or Pacifico) for this Mexican-inspired taco filling. Don't have any seasoning packets on hand? Try this recipe for homemade taco seasoning.
If you're looking for a kick, look no further. This chili combines beef, beer, bacon, and three types of chiles. It gets even better if you make the chili ahead of time and let it sit in the refrigerator for a day or two. I recommend wearing gloves when chopping the chiles, and if you can't find all three varieties, simply substitute your favorite or what's on hand. Use a rich, dark stout or porter to "beef up" the earthy, smoky flavors in the chili.
Use a light-colored lager in the batter to give these chicken-fried steak strips a boost of flavor and a crisp, airy coating. Serve with Dad's favorite BBQ sauce, a side of fries, and of course, a tall, cold beer. Pro tip: Avoid darker beers, like stouts, which can turn the batter gray.
A jigger of whiskey and a splash of beer keep these grilled burgers moist, flavorful, and tender. Any full-bodied beer will work well for this recipe, so plan on buying an extra bottle or two for cooking as well as drinking. Pale ales are a great pairing with whiskey, but avoid IPA's which can be too bitter.
As well as making a great marinade, beer adds exceptional depth of flavor to BBQ sauce. Whether you're slathering this on beef or pork ribs, grilled chicken, or fish, go with a pale ale or wheat beer. A dark stout or bitter IPA may be too overpowering in flavor.
If Dad is a "meat and potatoes" guy and likes dark, rich stouts, then this is just the stew for him. Adding just a touch of sugar helps to balance out the bitter hops in dark beer, but isn't absolutely necessary. This stew is perfect for anytime of the year, not just Father's Day. Don't forget to add a case of Guinness to your shopping list.
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