We know it’s a challenge to pair the right beer and BBQ. So here’s some help from all of our championship competitors.

The basics

We have built up so much beer and bbq pairing experience at the Old Irving Park Beer & BBQ Challenge. Here’s our baseline: Porters/Stouts work best with all kinds of pork, like pulled pork. Ambers or brown beer work best with beef and or brisket. We like Hazy, clowdy IPAs for chicken or pork because of how light yet diverse it can be. And we love cider for more delicate proteins like seafood, especial smoked meat like salmon.