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Amarillo Barbecue Beef And Broccoli

Today’s post,  and many more to follow, come to you with help from my wonderful wife. Anyone who has ever been to the Mighty Penguin household for a meal knows that my wife is a great cook. She is always coming up with incredibly tasty and, despite my efforts to the contrary,  healthy meals. You may or may not know that we are vegetarians as well.  Her cooking has often wowed and fooled meat eaters and helped show that we enjoy more than just tofu and salad.

A couple nights ago she made what has been now called Amarillo Barbecue Beef and Broccoli.  We use Gardein Beefless Tips, but you could substitute that with 9 oz of the meat of your choosing. We also used 8 oz of my Amarillo Pale Ale. The Amarillo Pale Ale is actually an extract kit from Midwest. I would imagine you could substitute the Amarillo Pale Ale with a different low IBU pale ale and have delicious results. Give it a try and report back. For the barbecue sauce we used Annie’s Organic Sweet and Spicy BBQ Sauce.


  • 1 tsp of olive oil
  • 2 tbsp chopped onions
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 package(9oz) of Gardein Beefless Tips
  • 4 cups of broccoli
  • 1 bag of frozen stir fry vegetables
  • 2 medium potatoes diced
  • 1/2 tsp garlic salt
  • 2 tbsp bbq sauce
  • 8 oz  Amarillo Pale Ale

In the microwave cook the diced potatoes on high for 4 minutes.   Another method is to baked the diced potatoes at 375 for 15 minutes.

In a pan or wok heat the oil on medium heat and add the garlic and onions.  Cook until browned.  Add the Amarillo Pale Ale and bbq sauce.  Add the beefless tips, potatoes, broccoli, and stir fry vegetables and mix in the sauce.  Add the garlic salt and basil.  Put the lid on the pan and cook for 15 minutes stirring occasionally.

Plate and serve.


The dish turned out amazing. The Amarillo Pale Ale gave it just a little extra citrus tang that seemed to blend well with the sweetness of the barbecue sauce.

If you have any ideas that you think could go better with some beer please let me know and I’ll pass along your suggestion.


Going Dark: Snofari

Today begins the most awesome winter offroad event of the year!

With that being said I’ll be out of touch for a couple days.

But don’t worry,  I shall return with good stories of Jeeps, craft beers, and other shenanigans.

Have a great weekend all.

Cleaning The Conical

Recently I posted up about my 7 Gallon Chronical Stainless Steel Conical  from SS Brewing Technologies. One of the best things about having a stainless steel conical is how easy they are to clean. Since it’s always more fun to watch someone else do the cleaning lets get to it.

Here we are in the kitchen, unfortunately. Eventually I’ll have my cleaning station set up down in the brewery so that I don’t have to work in a small sink.


This is what the inside of the conical looks like after fermentation and emptying out the beer. It looks like it might be a tough road ahead…


One of the things that makes this process so easy is how compact the conical is. It fits well in the sink allowing me to use the sprayer from the faucet to hose it down.


This is how it looks after just a little hot water. Isn’t it amazing how little effort it takes to get it clean? Gunk really doesn’t seem to stick to the stainless.


It’s not completely without effort, but my little friend Scrub Daddy
makes quick work of any bits of stuck on gunk.


All of the fittings get disassembled and a good, hot soak in my favorite brewery cleaner, PBW. PBW, or Powdered Brewery Wash, is an alkali cleaner that is great for soaking and cleaning all the parts and pieces of your brewery.  Soak for as long as you need and rinse off this safe, environmentally friendly cleaner.

PBW can be bought in a couple sizes, but I like to get the 4lb containers. I still have a bunch left from the container I bought from Adventures In Homebrewing months ago and I use it for all sorts of stuff around the brewery and the house.

PBW 4lb Tub – Adventures In Homebrewing


It only took about 10 minutes to get to this point.


All clean and drying. Now the conical is ready to make yet another batch of beer.