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Belgian Beer Marinade

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Barbecue without beer would be like, well, pick your metaphor. Beer is the beverage of choice among many of the world’s barbecue cultures and an essential ingredient in innumerable marinades, bastes, and barbecue sauces. There’s good reason for its popularity; beer adds a unique malty sweetness, with a pleasantly bitter edge of hops. You can vary the potency of this marinade by your choice of beer: A light ale or pilsner will give you a mild beer flavor; there’s no mistaking the presence of a dark beer, like porter or stout.


Belgian Beer Marinade

Recipe Notes

  • Yield: Makes 2 1/2 cups, enough for 2 to 3 pounds of meat


  • 2 cups of your favorite beer
  • 1/4 cup honey mustard
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt (sea or kosher)
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 medium-size onion, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 green or red bell pepper, stemmed, seeded, and finely chopped
  • 4 scallions (white and green parts), trimmed and chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled and flattened with the side of a cleaver
  • 2 slices fresh ginger (each ¼ inch thick), peeled and flattened with the side of a cleaver
  • 1 tablespoon pickling spice
  • 1 tablespoon sweet or smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon caraway seeds

Recipe Steps

1: Combine the beer, mustard, oil, salt, and pepper in a nonreactive mixing bowl and stir or whisk until the salt crystals are dissolved. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Use within a few hours of making.