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Using Beer as a Marinade


Omaha Steaks has partnered with Nebraska’s Lucky Bucket Brewing Co. to develop innovative and flavorful recipes that bring together world-class food and exceptional beer. Using Lucky Bucket’s classic styles and big barrel-aged ales, I’ve crafted a handful of sauces and marinades to pair exclusively with gourmet food from Omaha Steaks. To see more beer-inspired recipes, click here.

One of my favorite ways to incorporate beer into food is using it in a marinade. This particular marinade works well with pork or chicken, but can even be used with meatier fish. I used Lucky Bucket Heartland Wheat which they make down the street from our test kitchen. You can use any local wheat beer or Hefewizen style beer. I find this style of beer works very well in this marinade. One of the best things about using a beer in a marinade is that it pretty much guarantees that you will end up with a food that pairs well with the beer that you used.

Cheers! Chef Karl

Lucky Bucket Heartland Wheat Marinated Boneless Pork ChopsLB-wheat-6pack-cutout

By Omaha Steaks Executive Chef Karl Marsh

Prep Time 12 minutes + 4 hours Marinade Time
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 4 hours and 20 minutes

Serves 4-6

8 each Omaha Steaks 4 oz. Boneless Pork Chops (Thawed)
1/2 cup olive oil
1 each Lucky Bucket Heartland Wheat
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 Tbs. Fresh garlic, minced
2 teaspoons sea salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1 teaspoon dark chili powder

1. Combine all ingredients except pork chops in a mixing bowl and mix well.
2. Pour marinade in a 1 gallon zip-lock plastic bag and add pork chops.
3. Let marinade in the fridge for 4-6 hours.
4. Preheat grill to high.
5. Remove pork chops from marinade.
6. Grill over high heat 3-4 minutes per side, or until internal temperature reaches 145 degrees.
7. Serve with a cold glass of Lucky Bucket Heartland Wheat

Omaha Steaks General Beer Pairing Chart:

Beer Type Omaha Steaks Products
Cream Ale, Blond Ale Bratwurst, Chicken Breasts, Salmon, Lithuanian Tortes, Key Lime Tartlets
British Style Bitter Oven Roasted Chicken Breasts, Chicken Fried Chicken, Pork Chops, Pub Style Cod
Pale Ale Burgers, Filet Mignon Pastry Bites, Pumpkin Cheesecake
India Pale Ale Buffalo Wings, Bull Wings, Steakhouse Chili, Blackened Shrimp Blackening Seasoning, Carmel Apple Tartlets
Double Imperial IPA Chicken Fried Steak,  Brisket, Sliced Pastrami, Carrot Cake, Crème Brulee
Amber / Red Ale Burgers, Ribeye Steaks, Stuffed Chicken Breasts
Abby Dubbel Beef Sirloin Stew, Strip loin Steak, Porterhouse Steak, T-Bone Steak
Strong Ale or Old Ale Roast Beef Slices, Beef Pot Roast, Seasoned Beef Brisket
Porter Polish Sausage, Bratwurst, Old World Beef Franks, Italian Sausage
Dry Stout Top Sirloin Steaks, Strip Loin Steaks, Flank Steak
Imperial Stout / Porter Chocolate Cake,  Chocolate Molten Lava Cakes, Fudge Filled Brownies, Sea Salt Caramel Brownies
Hefewizen Mahi Mahi, Swordfish, Halibut, Sea Bass, Key Lime Tartlets, Lemon Tart
American Wheat Ale Chicken Breasts, Boneless Pork Chops, Filet Mignon
Pilsner Salmon, Gourmet Franks, Turkey
Amber Lager Chili Pot Pies, Beef Stroganoff, Tenderloin Tips

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