Barbeques are a staple of American summer culture. I’d assume that it’s also apart of a number of different cultures as well, but being that I haven’t been to China or Chile during their summer seasons I can’t assume as much. That said, the barbeque is as hyped as Christmas dinner (at least where I come from), so you had better have the most important part of the barbeque besides the meat. No, not the beer (close though). We’re talking barbeque sauce here. Giving the goods a nice glaze is what it’s about and if you don’t have a competent sauce to lather up your feast, well, then you might not have much.
One of the best ways to get the shindig going is to slather your chicken, beef, or pork in beer barbeque sauce. It might sound tough, but a new article published by Draft has got you covered with some of the easiest beer-sauce combos you’ll come by.
Below you can find the best ways to make these concoctions (via Draft):
You’re grilling: Beef
Pour in: a Porter
A malty beer with a dose of roast makes a thick, rich sauce that stands up to burly beef flavor; a smooth porter laden with chocolate or smoke can muscle its way through all that meat. Heat lovers: Add a teaspoon of chopped chilies or a few dashes of extra hot sauce; a porter base will be thick and sweet enough to handle it.
You’re grilling: Chicken
Pour in: an Amber Ale
Chicken’s moist white meat opens up nicely to the gentle malt flavors of a well-balanced amber; the beer’s caramel notes and pop of citrusy hops are strong enough to counter the smoke and spice that develop on the grill—think sweet meets savory.
You’re grilling: Pork
Pour in: a Fruit Ale
No matter the cut, pork’s a juicy, tender blank canvas. A sweet apricot ale or berry lambic pumps up barbecue sauce’s sweetness; the pork’s earthiness keeps the sugar in check. Fruit acids make them natural meat tenderizers; consider adding chopped fresh or glazed apricots or raspberries into the mix for extra fruit flavor.”
These should get you started as you approach your final barbeques of the true summer season. Remember, these are simply options that are time-tested. Get creative and come up with your own experiments. You just may find the pinnacle of beer-based barbeque sauce.