13 Recipes That Turn Cheap Beer into a Delicious Delicacy

When it comes to sessionable, widely available, low-calorie and -cost beers, you can’t beat American staples like Bud Light, Coors Light, and Miller Light. When we say “sessionable,” we’re talking about beers that have an ABV somewhere around three or four percent. In other words, a sessionable beer is a beer you can drink a lot of during one session, and we’ve all had our fair share of evenings with eight or more Bud Lights. (If anyone asks, though, we only had two. Alright?)

The next time you host a BBQ and are left with a grab-bag of left-behind light beers the day after, don’t resort to storing them in the garage fridge to be forgotten about until they’ve skunked. We’ve found 13 uses for cheap beer that involve a lot more chewing than they do chugging, so take those cold, cheap cans filled with 120-odd liquid calories and make them into a feast. Word to the wise: Be sure to stick around until we get to the PBR cupcakes.

1. Beer Waffles

Macheesmo
Macheesmo

Is there a better way to chase a night filled with a couple of ice cold cruisers than a beer-based breakfast? This waffles recipe calls for PBR and only PBR, but if you’d rather substitute another beer we won’t tell.

Get the recipe here.

2. Beer-Glazed Bacon

Popsugar

Bacon. Beer. Need we say more? Sam Adams Boston Lager is suggested by the recipe, but we encourage you to try it out with a cheaper beer. Bud Light bacon, anyone?

Get the recipe here.

3. Beer Pretzel Bowls

Baked by Rachel

Pretzels and beer go together like, well, pretzels and beer. With one and one-quarter cups worth of the (cheap) beer of your choosing, this recipe pairs pretzels and beer in a new way you’re sure to enjoy.

Get the recipe here.

4. PBR-Braised Pork Ribs With Cheerwine BBQ Sauce

http://www.dinnerwasdelicious.com/pbr-braised-pork-ribs-with-cheerwine-bbq-sauce/
Dinner Was Delicious

Any recipe that calls for two to four cans of PBR is OK in our books. The recipe doesn’t specify, but we’re pretty sure those are two to four tall boys and not 12-ounce baby cans.

Get the recipe here.

5. Beer Rice

Plain Chicken

Huh? It’s called beer rice? Sure, we’ll try it. What’s that? It only has five ingredients, one of which is butter? Yeah, we’ll definitely try it.

Get the recipe here.

6. Beer Can Chicken

Beer Can Chicken
Food 52

If we didn’t toss in a recipe for beer can chicken, we’d be doing you all a disservice. Everyone should be able to say, “I remember my first beer can chicken.” This recipe clearly states, “lager or ales work nicely, but feel free to experiment with whatever you like.”

We’re interpreting that as “whatever you can find in the back of your basement refrigerator.” Get the recipe here.

7. 5-Ingredient Beer Bread

5 Ingredient Beer Bread | halfbakedharvest.com
Half Baked Harvest

When you read “12 ounces of you favorite beer” in a recipe for bread, you know you’re in the right place. This recipe is a true test of the theory that you can soak up alcohol with bread. The only way to find out if it works, friends, is to try it for yourself.

Get the recipe here.

8. Buttery Beer Pretzel Nuggets

Buttery Beer Pretzel Nuggets
Carrie’s Experimental Kitchen

We can’t get enough of these recipes that combine beer with pretzels. With brown sugar, melted butter, and a bottle of, say, Bud heavy, these Buttery Beer Pretzel Nuggets promise to be a sinful delight.

Get the recipe here.

9. Creamy Mac & (Beer) Cheese

Lemon Tree Dwelling

When you’re piling the calories on top of more calories, there’s no harm in adding a few more calories. In this case, those extra, extra calories come from beer being added to macaroni and cheese. What a time to be alive!

Get the recipe here.

10. Beer Can Bacon Burgers

This image provided by BBQ Pit Boys.

Our sister sites have covered Beer Can Bacon Burgers in the past, but we would be darn fools not to mention them in our own piece on beer recipes. You can tell from the picture that these burgers are simply dripping with flavor.

What better food is there to pair with your cheap beer than a perfectly moist burger made with none other than cheap beer itself? Get the recipe here.

11. White Beer Cookies

We Are Not Martha

You may know white beer as witbeir or witte. You may know that Blue Moon is a witbeir. If you didn’t know, you now know that there’s a way to make cookies using leftover bottles of Blue Moon. Have we said, “What a time to be alive!” yet?

Get the recipe here.

12. Beer-Battered Apple Rings

Beer-Battered Apple Rings
Spicy Southern Kitchen

While these Beer-Battered Apple Rings may look fancy in that fantastic photo, you’ll be comforted knowing that they aren’t supposed to be made with an expensive beer. For this recipe, you’ll need two cups of light beer.

One cup is for the Beer-Battered Apple Rings, and the other cup is for the cook. Get the recipe here.

13. Country Cupcakes

Country Cupcakes | Kailley's Kitchen
Kailley’s Kitchen

We promised PBR cupcakes, and here they are. As a reward for those who stuck around this long, we’re delighted to tell you that they’re also topped with chocolate-coated potato chips with sprinkles. We promise it’s the last time we’ll say this, but what a time to be alive!

Get the recipe here.

Read More: 20 Recipes Made Infinitely Better by Adding Whiskey, Because What Isn’t?