One thing I love about Summer time is finding the perfect pairings to go along with the barbecues and lead right into the football season. I hadn’t really tried Sapporo beer before and I have to say it’s a really great find! I was pleasantly surprised at how light and refreshing it was without overpowering the BBQ flavors we had.
First we set up a tasting to see what each type tasted like on it’s own before pairing them with our meal. Sapporo, the oldest beer brand still operating in Japan, was first brewed in Sapporo, Japan in 1876. Since its creation, Sapporo has combined German-style brewing and Japanese craftsmanship. Beer lovers marvel at the crisp, clean taste and advanced brewing process. This unique combination has made Sapporo the #1 Asian beer brand sold in the U.S.
Sapporo Premium Light has a gentle, smooth, and elegant style. The mouth feel is clean and light with a thin body, offering an easy drinkability. There is minimal aftertaste. Although with a low 119 calories, this light beer never disappoints thanks to the great balance and flavor inherited from Sapporo Premium. APPEARANCE AND AROMA- Bright and clear straw color with a fine, white foam. The aroma is light with malt and grass notes.
Sapporo Premium Sweet up front with modest hops, and malt characteristics. A balanced sweetness that offers a round fullness on the palate. The beer finishes with a smooth, refined bitterness, and slightly hoppy notes. The aftertaste is clean and pleasant, and pairs well with most foods. APPEARANCE AND AROMA- A bright and clear yellow in color. When poured, it has tight, white foam with good lacing. Packed with pleasant floral esters.
Sapporo Reserve is a world-class lager that’s made using only select barley. It is an all-malt beer that delivers a deep golden hue, full body and intense complexity. The beer has bright clarity with a thick, stable white foam. Its aroma is malty and earthy, with a round, robust maltiness and slightly sweet flavor. Sapporo Reserve has a full body and round mouth feel, with a slightly bitter finish.
Sapporo has distribution in all 50 states. All Sapporo products sold in the United States are brewed in the La Crosse, Wisconsin and Guelph, Canada. For more information about Sapporo Beer, please visit http://sapporobeer.com/.
Now if you’re looking for the some easy dishes to pair with Sapporo you can check out their website page HERE which has delicious looking recipes such as Fried Stuffed Shiitake Mushrooms, Southern Eurpoean-Style Marinated Fish, Chicken Meatballs, and lots lots more! They also have recipes using Sapporo if you like to cook with what you drink. Sapporo is the perfect compliment to your burgers, chicken, steak, grilled veggies, salads, stews, soups and dips.
I’ve got 2 great recipes to share today to get you through the rest of BBQ season and straight into football season.
Sapporo Teriyaki Sauced Pork Ribs
(Adapted from Richard Wachtel, grillingwithrich.com)
* 1 Rack pork ribs
Sapporo Teriyaki Sauce
* 1 12 oz bottle Sapporo beer
* 1 cup soy sauce
* 1 cup sugar
Mix all ingredients together in a saucepan. Bring to boil and reduce by half. Strain and cool.
* 1 cup brown sugar
* 1 1Ž2 Tsp sea salt
* 1/2 Tsp Pepper
* 1 1/2 Tsp garlic powder
* 1/8 cup Smoked paprika
Mix all the ingredients together in a little mixing bowl.
Prepare your grill for indirect heat, and get your internal temperature to 250 degrees.
Strip the membrane of the pork ribs, and then coat the ribs with the Teriyaki Rub.
Place your ribs on your grill for 2 hours.
Remove your ribs and wrap the ribs in tin foil and then place back in the grill for another hour.
Boil the teriyaki sauce and then remove the ribs and coat the sauce on the ribs.
Place the ribs back in your grill for another hour.
Remove the ribs when the internal temperature reaches 190 degrees.
Sapporo Chili Recipe
Olive Oil (enough to coat the bottom of a large sauté pan)
¼ cup of Minced Garlic
1lb of ground turkey 85/15 (or other ground meat of your choosing. You can also combo other meats also like pulled chicken, ground beef, ground pork, etc.)
1/8 cup of granulated garlic
1/8 cup of granulated onion
1/8 cup of paprika
1/8 cup of ground cumin
A pinch of Italian seasoning
A pinch of ground coriander
A pinch of smoked sea salt
A pinch of ground pepper
2 16 oz cans of organic vegetarian chili (if you cannot find organic canned veggie chili, a nonorganic one is fine also.
*Note: if you prefer and have time, you can use dried beans
1 16 oz can of cannellini beans (rinse and drain)
½ of a 28oz. can of crushed tomatoes
1 6oz can of tomato paste
½ cup of homemade or jarred tomato sauce of your choosing
¼ cup of BBQ sauce (homemade or brand of your choosing)
¼ cup of Heinz ketchup
½ of a 12 oz bottle/ or ½ of a 16 oz can of Sapporo Premium
Cover bottom of large sauté pan with olive oil and add minced garlic.
Season ground meat with a pinches of granulated garlic, onion and chili powder and salt and pepper.
Brown ground meat in large pan with heat turned up about half way so to not burn meat and spice mixture.
Once meat is browned, transfer to slow cooker.
Add canned chili or soaked beans, rest of all spices, sauces, pastes, beer and stir in crock pot to blend all ingredients together.
Set cooker to low and timer to 8 hours. After 8 hours, cooker will switch to warm if you are not serving right away.
Make sure to stir every hour or so, so chili doesn’t stick and tomato based products don’t burn.
Feel free to top with chopped up cooked bacon, fried onions, shredded cheese, sour cream, scallions or anything you like.
Serve with tortilla chips and an ice cold Sapporo!
Disclaimer: 3 bottles of Saporro Beer and recipes have been provided by Colangelo & Partners Public Relations for this Review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”