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Mar 27, 2011 01:38 PM

Substitution for Beer in Brisket Recipe

I love this recipe for brisket. It is easy and absolutely delicious. But I can't use beer when I make it for Passover. What would you suggest as a substitute? I was wondering about ginger beer. Or do I just forget it and go with a more typical recipe?

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  1. Apple juice, Coca Cola, Spriite, 7-Up, etc.

    1. Ginger beer or of course, Coke- a classic!

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      1. re: monavano

        Do you think the ginger beer and cranberry sauce combination will be too sweet? I swore I was going to try this out before the holiday and I didn't.

        1. re: DaisyM

          hmm...perhaps Coke would be better but yes, the ginger would be nice too.

          1. re: DaisyM

            you still have tree weeks, no? I would use ginger beer, looking for a less sweet brand. Do you use vinegar for Passover or have kosher for passover balsamic or apple cider vinegar?

          2. re: monavano

            What about root beer? I have that! Diet but I assume that wouldn't matter. Hmm...

          3. How about some ginger beer and some balsamic vinegar, it would cut the sweetness without being tart.

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            1. re: escondido123

              What is the purpose of beer in this recipe? Do you think the beer is somehow ternderizing the meat or do you think it is for flavor? Meaning do I have to substitute an alcoholic beverage to get the same kind of result? Because I could use wine.....just don't know how that will effect taste.

            2. I can't see how ginger beer would be a substitute for beer. They are not made with the same ingredients, otherwise you wouldn't be thinking of using it. Isn't ginger beer soda? I think you should look up "My Mother's Brisket" on the epicurious website, and use that. It is delicious, and what I use whenever I make brisket. A zizen Pesach to you!

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              1. re: CookieLee

                I have been roasting a chicken that had been defrosting. The skin was getting well browned but the thermometer was reading in the 70's. Finally, I told my husband to cut the chicken up and I'd cook it more. He said to me, 'you do realize you've been looking at the thermometer in celcius." Maybe I need a beer, instead of a ginger beer.

                1. re: CookieLee

                  I see them as very similar-both carbonated but more to importantly full of carbohydrates/sugars.

                2. I have substituted beef stock for beer (ale) in Zuni's Short Rib recipe.

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                    1. re: DaisyM

                      Very Well. It used to be a chore to purchase Chimay Ale, so now I often sub beef stock.