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Substitute for stout in brisket recipe

nofunlatte Oct 23, 2011 06:17 AM

i plan to make beer-braised brisket later on today and the recipe calls for a bottle of stout, though the notes say you can use any beer. I'm not much of a beer drinker and don't like heavy ones at all. In my fridge I've got pilsener (Warsteiner), Spaten Doppelbock, and Bell's Oberon ale ( a summer ale). Any suggestions or recommendations? I'm in Indiana, so I'm not going to buy anything else (Sunday sales are limited to locations where brewing actually takes place).

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    Harters Oct 23, 2011 06:36 AM

    Use whatever you like. It really won't make much difference

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      wyogal Oct 23, 2011 06:39 AM

      You can also use a can of cola.

      1. CindyJ Oct 23, 2011 07:11 AM

        If those were my choices, I'd use the pilsner or the summer ale. My go-to brisket recipe uses a combination of beer and bottled chili sauce. I typically use a good quality ale. I've tried stout and don't think it made that much of a difference. What I would NOT use is anything called "lite" beer.

        1. inaplasticcup Oct 23, 2011 07:14 AM

          I would use the one you like to drink the least and add coffee - maybe 2/3 beer, 1/3 coffee.

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          1. re: inaplasticcup
            magiesmom Oct 23, 2011 10:03 AM

            yes, I agree.

          2. tim irvine Oct 23, 2011 07:40 AM

            ...or the one you drink and 1/3 Dr. pepper. Or just forget all the wet stuff, use a dry rub, and smoke it 14 hours on very low heat with pecan. Don't use sauce when you serve it.

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            1. re: tim irvine
              paulj Oct 23, 2011 09:28 AM

              In other words, instead of going out to buy a $3 bottle of stout, go buy a $100 smoker, and $3 bag of pecan chips?

            2. MartiniGenie Oct 23, 2011 08:52 AM

              I, too would use the Pilsener and avoid any kind of lite beer. If you want to add more moisture, try some beef stock.

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                acgold7 Oct 23, 2011 12:47 PM

                Any will do, but the Dopplebock is probably closest to a stout.

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                  gilintx Oct 23, 2011 01:21 PM


                2. chefj Oct 23, 2011 01:54 PM

                  As stated above either of the beers you have on hand will be fine.
                  I would skip anything that is sweet i.e.: soft drinks. All that corn syrupy sweetness would really change the dish.
                  Personally I would cook with the Bell's and drink the the Dopplebock while it braised ( - :

                  1. nofunlatte Oct 23, 2011 05:03 PM

                    Thanks, all. I opted for the Bell's. Result was a success!

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