Using Beer as a Marinade
- by Lexi Abel
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
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
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|