Cook: Peggy Leinenkugel
the wife of brewer Jake Leinenkugel, Peggy cooks with beer "a
couple of times a week."
may sound like a lot of beer, but when it runs in the family, it's
easy to do.
grill out often during the summer, and it's so simple to add beer
to marinades and bastes," says Peggy.
just basting on beer straight from the bottle, to stirring it into
a sauce, we love the flavor of Leinie's."
grew up in Chippewa Falls, and when she started dating Jake, his family
always had grilled chicken on the weekend. "Jake's dad would
bathe the chicken in beer while he was grilling it.
does your dad do that?" Peggy asked Jake. "Partly to settle
down the coals, also add to the flavor of the chicken," he answered.
Now, everybody gets to cook and sample cooking with beer in the Leinenkugel
kitchen. Here's a fast marinade for grilled chicken.
Skin the chicken, rub it with several peeled and halves garlic cloves,
dust with a teaspoon of crushed rosemary, put in baking dish, cover
with Leinie's Red or Creamy Dark and marinate for several hours. Grill
the chicken over glowing coals (Not too hot, or the skinless chicken
will lose its juiciness). Turn and rotate twice during cooking to
create attractive cross hatch of grill marks. Estimated cooking time
- 20 to 30 minutes, depending on thickness of chicken pieces (less
for boneless and skinless breasts).