Cooking with Black Butte Porter. The Guide.

Deschutes Brewery in Bend, Oregon makes some great beers. There are a few beers from them on our list, but the best beer I have had from them to date is their Black Butte Porter. It is perfectly balanced, has a nice malty aroma and a wonderful mouthfeel. It is one of the best daily drinking porters on the market. Just when I didn’t think this beer could get any better, I found some brochure at the Whole Foods in Chandler called, “COOKING WITH BLACK BUTTE PORTER. THE GUIDE.” I grabbed one and was blown away by the recipes listed. From BBQ baby back ribs to chocolate chip and walnut cookies, they covered everything. I was so impressed with these recipes, I wanted to share those with you. I am not sure which recipe sounds the best, but now I’m hungry. Cheers!

Grilled Salmon with Black Butte Porter BBQ Sauce

6 8 oz wild salmon filets or steaks
1 yellow onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, whole
2 oz butter
2 Tbs olive oil
1 pinch of salt and pepper
3/4 Tbs Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp garlic, granulated
1 tsp onion, granulated
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp honey
1 Tbs Kosher salt
1 tsp dark molasses
1/2 cup Black Butte Porter
1 Tbs red wine vinegar

In a large stock pot, sweat onions and garlic in butter. Add rest of ingredients except for beer and vinegar and bring to a simmer. Simmer for 30 minutes and remove from heat. Puree mixture from the pot with Black Butte Porter and vinegar in a blender or food processor. Sauce will be a light brownish color. Rub salmon with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill or pan sear until it is done to your liking. Coat with BBQ sauce and serve with veggies (veggies can be coated in sauce as well) and a tall glass of Black Butte Porter! If you don’t like spice at all, use a pinch of the cayenne pepper instead of what is listed above. Serves 6.

Black Butte Porter BBQ Baby Back Ribs

2 racks of baby back ribs
1 yellow onion
2 cloves garlic
3 oz butter
5 oz Worcestershire sauce
1 Tbs Tabaso
1 Tbs granulated garlic
6 cups chili sauce
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 tsp white pepper
2 oz lemon juice
1 pinch cayenne pepper
2 cups honey
1/2 cup molasses
1 tsp salt
2 12 oz bottles of Black Butte porter plus extra for braising

Rough chop the onions and garlic and sautee in butter until lightly browned. Mix the onions and garlic with all the ingredients except the Black Butte Porter and mix in a blender or food processor. Put the mixed ingredients in a large pot and bring to ail then turn down to a low simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and mix in the 2 bottles of Black Butte Porter. Rub ribs liberally with sale and pepper. Place ribs in a roasting pan and cover ribs with a mixture of equal parts BBQ sauce and Black Butte Porter. Cover the roasting pan and cook in the oven at 350 degrees for about 3 hours or until tender. Serves 4.

Are you hungry yet? It gets better!

Black Butte Porter-Marinated Rack of Lamb

2 20 oz rack of lamb
1 sprig fresh rosemary
1 sprig fresh mint
1 sprig fresh thyme
1/2 cup olive oil
2 12 oz bottles Black Butte Porter
2 oz garlic, finely chopped
4 oz shallots, finely chopped
1 Tbs Kosher salt
12 whole black peppercorns
1 tsp cayenne pepper

Place lamb racks in a deep casserole dish. Combine the rest of the ingredients for the marinade in a bowl, pour marinade over lamb racks, cover, and refrigerate overnight. Preheat oven to broil. Remove lamb from marinade turning every 4-5 minutes until internal temperature reaches 135 degrees. (About 15-20 minutes). Carve racks into individual chops and serve with green beans, roasted potatoes and Black Butte Porter! Serves 4.

Black Butte Porter Steamer Clams

3 lbs clams
4-5 slices bacon, chopped
1 Walla Walla sweet onion, chopped
1 12 ounce bottle Black Butte Porter

Cook bacon until cooked halfway, then add chopped onion. Cook until bacon is golden brown. Add clams, and 6 oz of Black Butte Porter. Steam for 7-8 minutes until clams pop open. Stir bacon, onions, and beer mixture over top of clams so all are mixed well together. Serves 4.

Black Butte Porter Chocolate Chip & Walnut Cookies

2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup butter (semi-melted)
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 1/4 cup Black Butte Porter
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped

Cream together the butter and the brown sugar. Cut in flour, baking soda an spice. Blend in beer slowly to form a soft dough then add chocolate chips and chopped walnuts. Drink remaining beer, of course!

Drop by teaspoonfuls onto cookie sheet.

Bake 12-15 minutes in a 350 degree F oven until lightly browned. Cool one minute on cookie sheet and remove to wire rack.

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