Try using beer as an ingredient in Father’s Day recipes

By Denise FreeseSPONSORED • Published: Friday, June 16, 2017 9:27 a.m. CDT

If you’ve never cooked with beer before, this is a great opportunity to try it!  Liven up your recipes for Dad this Father’s Day, he’ll love it!

Beer Can Chicken is easy; preheat the grill to 350 degrees, then turn one burner off.  Take a 5-lb. chicken, and rub 1 tbsp olive oil on the outside.  Apply 1 tbsp prepared chicken rub in the internal cavity, and 1/4 cup on the outside of the bird.  Using a 12 oz. can of beer, pour out 3-4 oz., then punch another hole on top of the can.  Hold the chicken upright, with the legs pointing downward, and insert the beer can into the cavity.  Stand the chicken upright over the unlit burner, and close the lid.  Grill for 1 1/2 hours, or until the internal temperature reaches 180 degrees.  Remove the can and serve!

Beer Cheese Dip makes a tasty appetizer, and is perfect with breadsticks, pretzels and corn chips.  In a large saucepan, combine 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, 1 cup shredded monterey jack cheese, and 8 oz. softened cream cheese.  Stir in 2 tbsp. Dijon mustard, 3 tbsp. chopped chives, and 1 tbsp. garlic powder.  Pour in 1/2 cup beer, and heat until melted.  Salt and pepper to taste.

Since alcohol doesn’t completely cook out, you may want a “root beer” recipe that the kids can enjoy.  To make the Food Network’s root beer BBQ sauce, start with 8 cups of root beer in an  8-qt saucepan, and boil until reduced by half, approximately 15 minutes.  Lower heat to medium-low and add 4 cups ketchup, 1 cup brown sugar, 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar, 4 tsp. black pepper, and 2 1/2 tsp. each of ground ginger and salt.  Simmer another 15 minutes, then chill until cooled.  Use with meatballs or to baste grilled ribs or chicken.  Enjoy!

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