Lately I’ve been very cognizant of how beer and my meal work together. Its not just a matter of picking the right beer to wash down that steak but more so how will that steak taste marinated in a beer or what beer should I deglaze this pan with. Negra Modelo is also pushing that idea of cooking with beer on their website that features recipes by chef Rick Bayless. They sent me a press kit which included some spices and recipes to use when cooking but instead of using their recipes I wanted to see what the beer and the spices would do with my existing recipes.
My first introduction to cooking with beer came from the website Beer Bitty a number of years ago. This website took my passion for craft beer and infused it with my love of cooking and made me rethink everything I do when I turn up the heat in the kitchen. The Negra Modelo website offers some quality recipes that I highly advise you check out like the Negra Modelo Braised Short Ribs. I didn’t have short ribs stocked in the fridge but I did have pork chops so I took my pork chop recipe made exhibit A:
1/2 cup olive oil
1 cup Negra Modelo
1/4 cup lemon juice
4 cloves garlic, smashed
salt & pepper
2 bay leaves
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon thyme
I marinated for roughly 2 hours.Then grilled them. It came out amazing!
Interesting enough, one of my first recipes where I used beer was a recipe by Marcela Valladolid Beer-Marinated Skirt Steak. I didn’t have the light lager on hand but I did have Negra Modelo so I used that as a marinade for the steak. It’s a very simple but flavorful recipe that I recommend you try if you want to start exploring cooking with beer.
Next time you are reaching for that stock to deglaze your pan or liquid to marinade your protein or even a liquid to add to your slow cooker, consider doing it with a Negra Modelo and spice things up in the kitchen.