It’s not Thanksgiving Without the Beer

It’s not Thanksgiving Without the Beer

Oct 08

Beer and food go together like a bird and the sky. I’ve been trying my hand at cooking different foods lately, and I’ve got to say, I’m getting pretty good at this.

I’ve always enjoyed being the grill master when it comes to cooking for a group of people. I like the excuse to step outside, away from all the action, and just focus on good cuts of meat being cooked to perfection. I can use charcoal, but I have better control with propane.

Now that summer is over, I’m going to miss grilling salmon while drinking beer. I use a soy-based glaze and marinate the meat for a few hours before I stick it on the foil with the scales down. After about 15 minutes, the skin comes right off, and you’ve got the perfect serving of fish. I always watch to see when the meat starts to release the white fat in the fish, that’s when I know it’s getting close to being just right. The trick is remembering that the fish will cook a little more after you take it off the grill, so use a fork in the thickest part and make sure it’s close enough to take off the heat. By the time everyone sits down at the table, it’ll be flawless.

My girlfriend loves to drink wine with her meals, but I’m more of a beer drinker, especially when it comes to grilling. I’ve been drinking lighter lagers and refreshing pilsners in the summer heat, but now that I wear my jacket out, I’m moving towards darker beers.

I’m hosting Thanksgiving at my house this year, and I’m planning on having a beer tasting while my family is there. We’re the type of family that shows up at someone’s house and hangs around for a few days, so it’s best to have some activities planned. I’ve got a list going, but I’m really excited to try some seasonal Thanksgiving Ale. It all sounds delicious, and I know my family and friends can all enjoy it for the whole duration of their stay with a Growler Chill! I’ve got plenty to be thankful for this year, and beer is at the top of my list, behind family and friends of course. Once, I was carrying a twelve pack inside with one hand, and the handle broke, but none of the bottles shattered! It was a Thursday night miracle!

This year I’m going to try to fry a turkey for the first time. I’ve been exploring different cooking styles, and it’s time. I can’t stand dry turkey, and my oven is a piece of crap. Frying it also just sounds like fun. I’ve got a wooden deck and house insurance, so what could go wrong?

Yeah right. I’ve seen way too many fried turkey-fail videos to make that mistake. I’ll be set up in the driveway surrounded by five feet of concrete under the frier in every direction. Cold beer, hot oil, and fried turkey. I think it’s going to be a great Thanksgiving.