Beer or Wine with Your Grilled Food?

people drinking beer and wine at the BBQ

What’s better than firing up the grill and enjoying a delicious meal with friends and family? But here’s a question I always ponder: should I pair my grilled delights with beer or wine? Well, after experimenting with various combinations, I’ve got some tasty suggestions for you.

Grilled Foods Better with Beer

  1. Burgers: There’s nothing like a classic grilled burger, with its juicy, smoky flavor. When I bite into one, I like to wash it down with a cold beer. The hops in the beer complement the charred taste of the meat. It’s like they’re best buddies in the world of food!
  2. Barbecued Ribs: Sticky, sweet, and a little bit spicy – barbecued ribs are a grill master’s pride. Pairing them with a beer, especially a lighter ale, cuts through the richness and refreshes your palate. It’s like a cool breeze on a hot summer day.
  3. Grilled Sausages: Ah, sausages! Be it bratwurst, chorizo, or kielbasa, these flavorful delights are a hit at every barbecue. A robust beer, like a stout or porter, goes perfectly with them. It’s like they’re dancing together, with the beer’s bitterness balancing the sausages’ spices.

Grilled Foods Better with Wine

  1. Grilled Salmon: When I grill salmon, its tender, flaky texture, and rich flavor call for a nice glass of wine. A chilled Chardonnay or Pinot Gris enhances the fish’s natural flavors. It’s like adding a touch of elegance to your backyard barbecue.
  2. Grilled Vegetables: Vegetables like bell peppers, zucchini, and eggplants turn wonderfully flavorful when grilled. A light, crisp white wine, such as Sauvignon Blanc, pairs beautifully with these veggies. It’s like a fresh garden party in your mouth!
  3. Grilled Chicken: Whether it’s marinated or seasoned with herbs, grilled chicken is versatile. A medium-bodied red wine, like a Merlot or a Zinfandel, brings out the best in chicken. It’s a match made in culinary heaven.

The Fun of Making Beer Or Wine at Home

Speaking of beer, did you know making beer at home can be a fun and rewarding hobby? It’s a great way to experiment with flavors and create something that’s uniquely yours. Imagine serving your homemade beer at your next barbecue – how cool would that be?

I am starting with making my own beer and wine and found a ton of information and inspiration on a website called Easy Beer And Wine. Highly recommended if you are also interested in home brewing.

All together this is another reason to add a BBQ to your backyard as I described in this article.

Beer Or Wine – My Conclusion

So, whether it’s beer or wine, the key is to find what you enjoy the most with your grilled food. It’s all about personal taste. Next time you’re grilling, try different pairings and see what works for you. Happy grilling and cheers to great food and drinks!

David Patterson

David Patterson is a seasoned BBQ enthusiast with a wealth of experience in the world of grilling. With a passion for the art of barbecuing, he has spent countless hours testing various grills and exploring new recipes. David’s extensive knowledge and expertise make him a go-to resource for all things BBQ-related. Read more about David Patterson.

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