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Is marinating meat in beer a problem?!

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 07, 2011 at 4:38 PM

My stepdad has always marinated steaks in beer, my neighbor does it, and here I am with two pieces of meat to marinate and one of my roommates beers thinking to myself...

"WILL THIS THROW ME OFF?!"

Does marinating pieces of meat in beer cause some weird gluten response? My familys always marinated using beer or some other form of alcohol because it tastes so delicious. What are your thoughts?

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on December 07, 2011
at 06:41 PM

I hear officer Grok is too busy selling insurance to make paleo busts anymore. Sounds like a good use for bad beer to me. But I think red wine is the Paleo Solution.

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on December 07, 2011
at 05:28 PM

if you didn't have any problems with gluten before then i say use it. there will be minimal traces left on the protein so unless you're keeping very strict, or have gluten issues, go for it. i made a stew last week with a bottle of brew and didn't have any problems. if you're a little nervous then omit this time and grab a few bottles of dark gf brew for future use.

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on December 07, 2011
at 05:09 PM

@Kewpie i know i was just more curious than petrified of the results...kind of just one of those things that popped into my head as i was going about my business :D

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on December 07, 2011
at 05:05 PM

There are no paleo police, Michelle. You can do whatever works for you. Everyone's version of paleo is different (even the paleo royalty) and they all have different priorities in their diet.

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on December 07, 2011
at 04:55 PM

I will from time to time drink a beer and I usually feel pretty bloated as a result. For the most part, I've switched to drinking red wine or bourbon.

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on December 07, 2011
at 04:51 PM

Also, quite a few people consider themselves paleo and still drink beer (especially crossfitters). And I don't mean the gluten-free beer...

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on December 07, 2011
at 04:47 PM

i dont have a reaction to gluten...it was just a beer my roomie had already opened that was just sitting in the fridge...so why waste? i dont really have a reaction to gluten but i was wondering if it would be a HUGE deal since im not actually DRINKING the beer?

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on December 07, 2011
at 04:43 PM

You can answer that better than anyone here but if you're not having it several times a week I wouldn't worry too much about the fine print.

What symptoms, if any, do you have afterward?

  • For example, do your cheeks flush?
  • Do you get a stuffy nose? Itchy eyes?
  • Do you get heartburn? Upset stomach? Extra gurgling in your gut? Burps, gas?
  • Does your BP or BG change noticeably? Any swelling of hands and feet?

Those are typical of the symptoms I get whenever I'm stupid enough to eat a wheat-based product.

I wouldn't worry about any remnants of the alcohol, which will be consumed in cooking.

Overall, I think you're fine but I'll be interested in the other opinions.

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on December 07, 2011
at 04:49 PM

From Heineken's website:

"Beer contains gluten, which comes from the grain from which it is brewed. Only a fraction of the gluten that the grain contains gets into the beer. The proportion depends on the kind of grain that is used. The use of barley results only in traces of gluten in the beer whilst wheat contributes considerably more. It also depends on the brewing process. Generally speaking: the clearer and blonder the beer is, the less gluten it may contain. Some people are allergic to gluten and have to follow a diet that minimises or excludes their gluten intake. Whether beer can be part of such a diet or not, is dependent on the extent of the allergy and the beer type consumed. In many cases lager beers pose no problem for people who have a gluten allergy. However, it is up to the individual to assess his or her sensitivity."

I would also think that marinating followed by grilling would leave little residual gluten, but it might still be a bad idea for a celiac. Only you can know your tolerance. If it was me (and it often is) - I wouldn't worry too much about it. My wife pre-cooks brats in beer before I grill them. They don't cause me any issues. YMMV.

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on December 07, 2011
at 04:55 PM

I will from time to time drink a beer and I usually feel pretty bloated as a result. For the most part, I've switched to drinking red wine or bourbon.

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13a44ea00b0c9af0b6d0f3d5f5c2cfca

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on December 07, 2011
at 04:44 PM

Those following a paleo diet avoid gluten. Beer contains gluten. However, some people react more severely to gluten than others. Personally, I wouldn't use it. I don't have a severe reaction to gluten, but I don't want to risk the damage it can cause. There are plenty of other marinade options. But, ultimately you have to make the decision for yourself based on the symptoms you experience and your personal goals.

13a44ea00b0c9af0b6d0f3d5f5c2cfca

(7223)

on December 07, 2011
at 05:05 PM

There are no paleo police, Michelle. You can do whatever works for you. Everyone's version of paleo is different (even the paleo royalty) and they all have different priorities in their diet.

Medium avatar

(10601)

on December 07, 2011
at 06:41 PM

I hear officer Grok is too busy selling insurance to make paleo busts anymore. Sounds like a good use for bad beer to me. But I think red wine is the Paleo Solution.

273729a18d2f18903815d2644a4d64de

(1683)

on December 07, 2011
at 04:47 PM

i dont have a reaction to gluten...it was just a beer my roomie had already opened that was just sitting in the fridge...so why waste? i dont really have a reaction to gluten but i was wondering if it would be a HUGE deal since im not actually DRINKING the beer?

273729a18d2f18903815d2644a4d64de

(1683)

on December 07, 2011
at 05:09 PM

@Kewpie i know i was just more curious than petrified of the results...kind of just one of those things that popped into my head as i was going about my business :D

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on December 07, 2011
at 04:51 PM

Also, quite a few people consider themselves paleo and still drink beer (especially crossfitters). And I don't mean the gluten-free beer...

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on March 13, 2012
at 04:08 AM

Beer is fermented, not to worry. It is a great way to tenderize meat.

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on December 07, 2011
at 06:22 PM

The dose makes the poison. And your own tolerance to gluten determines what does you can take. Celiac? I'd say avoid. Anything else, you're probably fine.

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on December 07, 2011
at 04:44 PM

Beer has gluten in it so if you have gluten problems yes. Why can't you use wine, rum or bourbon (corn based if possible)?

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