BBQ Stands For…by Ginger Johnson

BBQ Stands For…  

Perhaps BBQ stands for Beer & Barbecue Quenches. Perhaps BBQ can mean Bring Beer Quickly! Whatever you want it to mean, this holiday enjoy the flavors of beer in tandem with your barbecuing adventures.  

BeerAs I look forward to being a special guest at the Toronto Festival of Beer in the Grilling Tent, my mouth waters with possibilities. See, life is not only your oyster – it’s your local brewery and farmers market! And it’s chock full of potential, ideas, and opportunity.   

So when you’re thinking about beer + BBQ this 4th of July, consider a few simple and tasty suggestions.  

  1. Barbecue sauce can reach new depths of flavor when you add a gorgeous Porter to the sauce. If you’ve got a cup of BBQ sauce you’ve made or bought, whisk in a quarter cup to give a new layer of flavor.
  2. If you’re planning to marinade – or beerinade as I’ve called it before – then factor in fresh beer. Chicken to grill? Include a soft cream ale, like Hale’s, into the mixture. Beef? A balanced pale ale, like Sierra Nevada, will do the meat justice. Veggies? A classic ESB, like Full Sail, will contribute nicely.  

Beer has a slight acidity that helps tenderize proteins while it simultaneously supplies seasoning. Also bear in mind that if you really like a crispy bitter IPA, you must exercise caution when cooking with them. The heat of cooking will greatly amplify and make the beer especially bitter since it’s cooking out water, and not necessarily in a good way.  

Cheers to beer, BBQ, and a great safe cooking adventure. Do it often, invite friends over, and enjoy the summer!  

Till the next glass ~  


Try This Pairing: Beerinate mushrooms in that ESB for 1 – 2 hours along with some light olive oil, salt and pepper, then grill it for a couple minutes each side, medium heat. Careful not to scorch the mushrooms. The recipe is simple because you want to accent the umami, not overshadow it.   

Events:  The Beer Junction will be celebrating their 3rd Anniversary – and Schooner Exact has brewed a special early release of Hopvine IPA just for the event. Full details  – click here!  Get out and support your local brewer & beer shop.  

See, life is not only your oyster – it’s your local brewery and farmers market! And it’s chock full of potential, ideas, and opportunity.

If you have questions about the beer industry, food pairings, speaking engagements and events, you can find Ginger at or

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