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Oct 23, 2011 06:17 AM

Substitute for stout in brisket recipe

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

    1. You can also use a can of cola.

      1. 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. 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. ...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

              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?