The rise of flavorful craft beers available almost everywhere makes cooking with beer a lot more interesting than just popping open whatever's at hand and pouring it into your pot of chili. (Maybe choose something malty for that chili, btw.) With the big game at hand, it's a perfect time to look at top-rated beer-laced recipes and find out what kind of beer goes best with what foods. Just like with wine, the rule of thumb is to always cook with the same beer you'd drink.

Try a dark and roasty English porter. | You won't miss a minute of the game if you grill the brats a little ahead of time and put them in a slow cooker with the beer-and-butter simmered onions to keep everything warm and ready to serve.

Sheboygan Grilled Brats
Sheboygan Grilled Brats | Photo by Molly

You might also like Beer-Glazed Brats and Sauerkraut done stovetop instead of on the grill.

Try a malty English brown ale or stout. | This no-bean chili scores big for its sweet 'n hot flavor mash-up.

Touchdown Chili
Touchdown Chili | Photo by SunnyDaysNora

You might also like Boilermaker Tailgate Chili if you're hankering for chili with beans and beer.

Try a German-style hefeweizen. | Use a good melting cheese, such as Gouda, instead of the processed cheese food in this recipe.

Guinness Beer Cheese Dip
Guinness Beer Cheese Dip | Photo by Sugarplum

You might also like The Best Swiss Cheese and Beer Fondue served with lots of crusty bread and crisp vegetables.

Try a crisp amber lager. | The beer's in the homemade pretzel dough that's wrapped around the hot dogs. These would go great with beer mustard.

Jan's Pretzel Dogs
Jan's Pretzel Dogs | Photo by lutzflcat

You might also like these 3-ingredient Cheddar Beer Triangles.

Try malty German-style bock. | Put 4 ingredients (including beer) in a slow cooker and serve this up 7 hours later. Easy or what?

Easy Slow Cooker French Dip
Easy Slow Cooker French Dip | Photo by Dan Gephart

You might also like Slow Cooker Beer Pulled Pork for the same easy prep, but using a tender shoulder of pork.

Try a hefeweizen or brown ale. | You could keep this vegetarian or throw in a smoked ham hock like some reviewers did.

Kiki's Borracho (Drunken) Beans
Kiki's Borracho (Drunken) Beans | Photo by Soup Loving Nicole

You might also like Texas-Style Baked Beans. The recipe submitter suggests a Lone Star beer for the pot and one for yourself, too.

Try a crisp lager. | Adding beer to the batter makes it expand when it hits hot oil, creating a lighter and crispier texture. Science!

Beer Batter Deep Fried Dill Pickles
Beer Batter Deep Fried Dill Pickles | Photo by Tif Otter

You might also like Beer-Batter Onion Rings, because who wouldn't?

Try an English-style pale ale. | This hearty soup fights off the winter chill while those other guys fight it out on the gridiron.

Football Sunday Beer Cheese Soup
Football Sunday Beer Cheese Soup | Photo by Soup Loving Nicole

You might also like Wisconsin Native's Beer Cheese Soup. The recipe submitter suggests topping it off with popcorn. We're game!

Try a light German lager. | You bet we're including beer can chicken on this list of all-time great beer-soaked recipes. Here's how to make it:


Looking for special game-day drinks? Give these beer cocktails a try.

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