Cooking with beer is often a choice beer drinkers who also cook consider at one point or another. The choice of beer as well as the balance of beer to other ingredients is very important. A stew is one of the easiest ways to start putting beer into your food. It is relatively easy to put together and cooks slowly, providing you an opportunity to “fix it and forget it” for awhile. The smell of stewing meat and vegetables will fill up the rooms in your home providing a welcome appetizing aroma.
When you cook a soup or stew with beer, remember to balance the beer with broth. If you use only beer, you may wind up with a very bitter tasting stew. At least one quarter of the liquid should be broth.
This pork stew uses Ninkasi’s Oatis Oatmeal Stout for a thick texture and smooth, almost nutty flavor.
Cooking: You can cook this recipe two ways. If you want to use your oven, pre-heat the oven to 275 degrees Fahrenheit. Be sure to use a pot that can be used in an oven and use pot holders to remove the pot. OR brown the pork and onions together in a pot on the stovetop before transferring to the slow cooker. Make sure to use a setting that will allow you to cook the stew for at least 4 hours. A low setting for 8 hours is also very good.
- 2 pounds cheap pork cut into chunks
- One handful of flour
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 butternut squash, cubed
- 1- 12 oz bottle of Ninkasi Oatis Oatmeal Stout
- 1 1/2 to 2 cups of broth (Beef is best)
- 3 or 4 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- Toss the chunks of pork in flour until they are covered.
- Brown the chunks of pork in the bottom of a stewpot that can go into an oven. Oil or shortening is best to avoid burning.
- After browning the meat, add the onion and cook together for a minute or two
- Turn off the heat add the butternut squash
- Add the bottle of beer and the broth. Make sure the liquid comes up to the level of the meat and vegetables. If there isn’t enough liquid, add more broth.
- Add the Worcestershire sauce, salt, and garlic.
- Mix gently and put a lid on the pot.
- Put into the oven and let it cook for at least 4 hours.
- Remove and taste test the pork. It should be tender and easy to chew.
- If you like your stew thicker, you can mix a few tablespoons of cold water to a tablespoon of cornstarch, stir well with a fork and add to the hot stew.
- Serve with warm bread toasted with cheese as the perfect accompaniment.