Local Brews Add A Unique Touch To This Traditional Grilling Recipe

July 22, 2016
Grilling and beer are natural companions, and they're even better when combined in this recipe for Coffee Porter Marinated Steak Tips.
Dan Whalen
Grilling + Beer = This Weekend's Best Recipe

An amazing number of new breweries have opened in Massachusetts in the past few years, and more just keep coming! Once I got over the kid-in-a-candy-store phase, it was time to start putting these beers to work in recipes. You can replace some or all the liquids in many of your favorite recipes with beer. Next time you make pulled pork, try adding IPA. A nice pilsner adds an herbaceous quality to chili. Brown Ale adds great depth of flavor to cheese sauce.

In today's recipe though, I marinated some sirloin steak tips in a strong coffee porter, called Awake, from Nightshift Brewery. Pairing coffee and beef isn't exactly a new thing, but it has become a tried and true flavor combination. I like to add chili peppers to this mixture and some honey to round out the bitter-spicy-sweet trifecta.

2 pounds sirloin steak tips, trimmed
16 ounces Nightshift Awake Porter
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon chile flakes
1 clove garlic, grated
  salt and pepper

Mix the meat with the beer and all the other ingredients in a zip top bag.

Awake and Meat

Allow the meat to marinate in the fridge for at least 2 hours, or as long as overnight.  

Grilling meatGrill the meat over a hot fire to medium doneness, about 5 minutes per side (or to your desired doneness). Serve with grilled veggies or a big summer salad.