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Grilling With Beer Workshop - Marinades - Recipes

Why grill with beer?

In his book, Lexikon der Populären Ernährungsirrtümer (or Dictionary of Popular Food/Nutrition Misbeliefs) German food chemist Udo Pollmer recommends that soaking red or white meats in beer, before grilling, reduces the formation of cancer-causing HCA’s (heterocyclic amines), and actually prevents the formation of these compounds.

HCA’s are formed through a reaction between amino acids and creatine in muscle meats when they are cooked at high temperatures.  Eating beef that is rare to medium rare (rather than medium well to well-done) also decreases risk to the body.

One catch…the beer must be alcoholic. 

What is grilling?

This seems like an easy answer, as long as you stay within the borders of the USA.  As many world travelers have discovered, common English words may take on different meanings when used in other English-speaking countries throughout the world.  In England, you might have a “rocket and cheese sandwich,” the “rocket’ being arugula.  So it is with grilling.  In the United States, grilling refers to a dry-heat cooking method in which heat is radiated from below the food.  Health professionals prefer this method of cooking, because fat is lost during the cooking process, with no replenishment of fats during any part of the preparation process.

In the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth countries (but not including Canada), grilling refers to cooking directly under a source of direct, dry heat.  Americans would refer to this as “broiling.”

What do people in the United Kingdom refer to grilling as?  Barbecuing.

Mesquite or hickory chips (soaked) may add smoky flavor in grilling.  Yu can also use apple wood, pecan, maple and oak.

When you skewer foods for cooking, they may be called any number of impressive names:  Brochettes, Yakitori (skewered chicken), Kushiyaki (other meats, seafood and chicken), skewers, or satay. Traditional Japanese fare would use mirin(Japanese sweet cooking wine) and sugar, honey, molasses, brown sugar as a marinating/basting medium.  In traditional Beer Fox style, you would use two beer marinades as you prepare your foods for the grill.

Grilling rules:

Beer Fox Sizzle-Me-Drunk Kebabs

Recommended Beers:

Midnight Sun Kodiak Brown Ale – EnglishBrown Ale - Midnight Sun Brewing Company, Anchorage, Alaska – Deep chestnut brown with tawny brown head – earthy malts and chocolte almond merge with light fruit notes I a well balanced bron ale.

Midnight Sun Fallen Angel Golden Ale – Golden Strong Pale Ale – Midnight Sun Brewing Company, Anchorage, Alaska – Clear, golden and jewel-like with tight, rocky head – Aromas of candi sugar, bananas, apricot, earth and spices.

Celebration Marinade for beef, onions, mushrooms, tomatoes and peppers

16 oz. Midnight Sun Kodiak Brown Ale

6 scallions, chopped into 1 inch pieces

1 tablespoon. Lemon peel, grated (or dried lemon peel)

1 tablespoon dried orange peel

1 teaspoon. savory

1 teaspoon nutmeg

1 tsp. Creole Seasoning

large zip-lock plastic bag

Golden Wings Marinade for shrimp, pineapple and oranges

6 oz. Midnight Sun Fallen Angel Golden Strong Ale

8 ounces Robusto Italian Salad Dressing

1 package Dippy Chick’s Ya Gotta Jump, Chive and Wail Gourmet Mix

1 cup. apricot preserves

large zip-lock plastic bag 

Mix each marinade in zip-lock plastic bag.  Add meats, shellfish, fruits or vegetables.  Marinate for 1 hour.

Soak bamboo brochettes in water for 30 minutes.  Create skewers of all the same item so you can cook each according to real time requirements – onions and peppers for 10 minutes; beef cubes for 9 minutes; mushrooms, shrimp, cherry tomatoes and pineapple for 7 minutes.  Brush with marinade before grilling.

Serve with saffron rice, or garnished with Webb’s Wonderful or Babyleaf Rosso and Tango Lettuces.

About Marinades: 


Grills come in all shapes and sizes, from this standard, easy-to-use gas grill to simple and super-deluxe models. Grilling is fun and there is nothing quite so satisfying as that outdoor flavor.

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