Taplister is a free application and website that helps you find out what’s on tap in your local pubs. The CrapMonkey Podcast caught up with Ken Baer, Chief Technology Officer of Taplister, to find out what this crowd sourcing tool was all about. Click below to hear the interview.
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Lots of us will be Barbequing with a beer in hand on the fourth of July – but how many of you plan to use that brew to enhance the flavors of your meal? From glazing to basting to marinating – a little beer goes a long way to liven up your BBQ. The simplest approach to cooking with beer would probably have to include the hot dog. I like to get a rich, flavorful Stout and marinate brats in it for an hour or so, and then throw them on the grill. Brats don’t generally absorb a lot of the beer while marinating, so I also use a flavor injector to inject the Stout into the dogs as they cook. This keeps them moist for the entire duration they are cooking and the result is a deliciously juicy beer brat with a hint of stout flavor. Yum.
Are brats a little too elementary for you? There are lots of other great recipes to choose from:
- Beer BBQ Cowboy Steak: To some, steak is king of the BBQ. Crown your king with a splash of beer.
- Burgers with Hoison-Stout Sauce: Hoison is a Chinese dipping sauce – add a little Stout to the mix, and you’ve got a winning recipe.
- Beer-Can Chicken: Cooking a chicken over a partially filled beer can keeps the meat amazingly moist and tender. We’ve actually done this with a Turkey (and a large can of Foster’s Beer) for Thanksgiving and the results were mouth watering.
- Beer Marinated Portobello Mushrooms: If you have vegetarians in the household (as I do), this might be a great option for you (and it uses blonde ale, rather than the darker beers recommended in many of the other recipes referenced here).
- Stoute Chili: What’s a BBQ without a little Chili? This one’s meaty, but I’m sure the clever cook could sub the beef for veggie grounds or Seitan.
- Beer-BQ Sauce: Have your own traditional 4th of July BBQ recipe? Then maybe you just need to make a little Beer-BQ sauce to introduce into the mix.