Sipping a fantastic beer is great, but using it as an ingredient in a dish is a treat that is guaranteed to make your recipe that much better. Discover 39 unique ways to use beer in both sweet and savory dishes.
Brown Sugar and Bacon Beer Waffles
What's that saying — bacon makes everything better? The same can be said for beer, and this savory recipe combines both into a fluffy, satisfying brunch treat.
Make-Ahead Beer and Sausage Breakfast Bake
When hosting a breakfast get-together, anything "make-ahead" is worth adding to your menu. This beer and sausage strata takes just 10 minutes to prep the night before and will be ready to bake and enjoy right as your guests arrive.
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Beer Bread
As the temperatures start to drop, everyone looks forward to pumpkin-flavored snacks and sips. Most pumpkin beers are seasonal, but if you're able to find one on the shelves at your grocery store, be sure to try baking pumpkin chocolate chip beer bread.
Slow Cooker Beer Mac and Cheese
This classic recipe with a boozy twist can be served as a side at your next lunch party or as an easy weeknight dinner. When choosing a beer, stick to saisons or lagers; the former will give you a more rustic flavor, while the latter will produce a more biscuity flavor.
Honey Stout Chicken Wings
Whether you choose a smokey or sweet stout, it's sure to pair well with the honey in this recipe. Grill up these chicken wings in a honey stout marinade by the dozen on game day or at a barbecue.
Hoisin Stout Chicken Wings
Traditional wings with barbecue sauce are delicious, but chicken wings baked with tangy hoisin and stout sauce will make them extra juicy and tender.
Chorizo, Hatch Chile and Smoked Porter Chili
Stone Brewing and Alaskan Brewing Company both make a delicious smoked porter that would work well in this chili recipe. Chorizo and hatch chiles make this a great recipe when the weather gets chilly (no pun intended!).
When I see fish and chips on a menu I end up ordering it more often than not. Of the best ones I've had, the crispy, flaky golden batter is the most memorable part of the meal. If you too are a fish and chips fan, click the link for a recipe you can make at home.
Beer Can Chicken
If you haven't tried beer can chicken, what are you waiting for? This classic cooking-with-beer recipe gives you a deliciously juicy bird with evenly browned and crispy skin. Plus, it's a surefire way to impress your guests at your next game day or summer barbecue.
Pale Ale Marinated Steak Tacos
Take Taco Tuesday to the next level with pale ale marinated steak tacos. The beer keeps the meat tender and juicy, making these tacos irresistible. The only embellishment they need is simply cilantro and chopped onions.
Parmesan Mustard Brown Ale Skillet Chicken
This one-pot chicken recipe is perfect for a weeknight meal: It calls for ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen (save for maybe an onion and some cream) and it can be prepared in about 20 minutes.
Smokey Porter Molasses Chicken Skewers
Play up the smokey characteristics of these barbecued chicken skewers with a beer that possesses similar flavors. A smoked porter is lighter bodied than a stout so it won't compete with the molasses.
Crispy Lemon Pepper Beer-Brined Drumsticks
When you're eating anything citrusy, a pale ale should be one of the first styles of beer you reach for to drink with it. This recipe for lemon pepper drumsticks uses pale ale in the buttermilk brine.
Beer-Braised Chicken Tacos with IPA Avocado Cream and Beer Corn Tortillas
One of the secret powers I wish I had is the ability to make an avocado ripe with the touch of my hand. That power would come in handy for this recipe, which includes a tangy IPA avocado cream to drizzle over beer-braised chicken tacos.
Oven-Fried Beer and Buttermilk Chicken
Satisfy your fried chicken craving with a healthier yet satisfying version that's baked in the oven. Beer and buttermilk come together in the batter to coat the chicken filets and lock in moisture so you have juicy, delicious chicken.
Chocolate Stout Pudding with Beer Whipped Cream
When hosting a large gathering, make-ahead desserts are the best kind of desserts. Chocolate stout pudding is one of those recipes you can make the night before and pull out of the refrigerator when it's time to serve.
Beer, Chocolate and Irish Whiskey Mini Pies
What better way to enjoy beer than by baking heavenly chocolate mini pies filled with beer and chocolate.
Chocolate Stout Fudge Sauce
There are so many rich stouts that will work perfectly in this recipe for chocolate stout fudge sauce — keep an eye out for stouts that have vanilla, cacao, hazelnuts or coffee added to them.
Hard Apple Cider Skillet Cobbler
Sweeter than beer but still complex in flavor, hard cider has made its way into the world of craft beverages and on the shelves of many bottle shops alongside craft beers. Hard cider and apple cobbler are a match made in heaven in this crowd-pleasing skillet dessert.