Braising in Beer

Discussion in 'Beer & Food' started by Kenzie, May 3, 2013.

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  1. Kenzie

    Kenzie Initiate (0) Feb 23, 2013 Utah

    I find this is my favorite method when using beer to cook, especially braising short ribs in a darker beer. Chicken wings in stout or IPA have also turned out amazing and I do them quite often. Do you braise your food in beer and what is your favorite pairing?
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  2. bpgpitt10

    bpgpitt10 Aspirant (287) May 12, 2008 District of Columbia
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    Scotch ale and lamb shanks. On the sharing your pairing thread, I put up a pic of it a couple months back. Used the braising liquid to make a gravy then which was so insanely good.
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  3. Bierlerner

    Bierlerner Initiate (0) Aug 17, 2010 Oklahoma

    Seconded on the scotch ale and lamb. One of my favorites. Also good with a belgian strong ale.
    Belgian strong ale and beef shanks.
    Finishing off a smoked pork butt by braising in a porter.
    Salmon and witbier.
    Cabbage and red ale.
  4. jaxon53

    jaxon53 Meyvn (1,125) Mar 1, 2006 Connecticut
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    Chicken wings? I like the sound of that! What is your recipe if you don't mind me asking?
  5. NickThePyro

    NickThePyro Champion (840) Dec 24, 2012 Washington

    When I worked at the country club we would use porter for the corned beef. I have been cooking professionally for over 6 years now and have yet to have better corned beef.
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  6. duchessedubourg

    duchessedubourg Aspirant (233) Nov 2, 2007 Vermont
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    Mine too! Or rabbit in a Belgian Pale Ale. Salmon & wit or hefe is also a fave - with lots of fresh dill.
  7. Kenzie

    Kenzie Initiate (0) Feb 23, 2013 Utah

    I will use a 13 x 9 pan and put the raw chicken wings into it (use two pans depending on how many chicken wings you have). The chicken gets coated lightly with garlic salt and pepper, and then I pour a pint or so of beer straight on top. I bake them uncovered at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes. Once I take them out of the oven I will drain the liquid from the pan, coat them in whatever sauce I decide at the time, then throw them back in the oven for 10 minutes or so to crisp up. I usually make a spicy mustard sauce with jalepeno, garlic, jack daniels mustard, chalula, and a tiny bit of beer and honey.

    Nick, that corned beef with porter sounds amazing. Now I'm craving a ruben.
  8. Kenzie

    Kenzie Initiate (0) Feb 23, 2013 Utah

    I have never cooked with hefeiweizen but it makes sense that it would go well with fish Your salmon also sounds delicious.
  9. minnesotaryan

    minnesotaryan Initiate (0) Dec 27, 2010 Minnesota

    somewhere on the Sierra Nevada facebook page is a recipe for Celebration Ale braised carnitas. My wife has been playing around with that and various IPA's. Very delicious.
  10. ZAP

    ZAP Poo-Bah (3,434) Dec 1, 2001 Minnesota

    Dumb question and Kenzie seems to have answered it in regards to wings but what is braising exactly?
  11. Kenzie

    Kenzie Initiate (0) Feb 23, 2013 Utah

    Braising is typically a combination cooking method where you first sear the meat then add a certain liquid to it (beer, wine, stock, etc.). In order for the liquid to flavor the meat and for the meat to be tender and juicy you might have to cook at a lower temperature for an extended period of time. When I braise beef, particularly short ribs, I cook at about 200 for 2 hours so the fat carmalizes, the beer reduces, and in general I'm going to get a lot of flavor in my meat.
  12. ZAP

    ZAP Poo-Bah (3,434) Dec 1, 2001 Minnesota

    Great info. You sear everything first though?
  13. franklinn

    franklinn Initiate (0) May 29, 2012 Vermont

    Generally, yes. It's not NESSESSARY for it to be a braise, but it does add a lot of flavor and makes everything better. The exception would be something like chicken wings, where they would cook too much by searing them first.
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  14. Hockey_Fan

    Hockey_Fan Devotee (470) Jan 13, 2013 Maryland

    I like braising chuck roast in beer and then shredding it with a couple of forks. I've done it in black lager with vegetables and served it over noodles, and I've done it in Pilsner with Italian peppers and onions and made sandwiches out of it.
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  15. evilcatfish

    evilcatfish Defender (620) May 11, 2012 Missouri
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    I have found braising deer shoulder or ham in Breakfast Stout is pretty good
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