Crack open a cold one, and get cooking! These beer-filled recipes are a perfect way to enjoy the winding-down dog days of summer.

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Monday: Cauliflower Steaks with Bacon, Tomato & Beer Cheese

Cauliflower Steaks with Bacon, Tomato & Beer Cheese
Credit: Photography by Christopher Testani

Veggie-forward meals don't have to be basic. Top cauliflower steaks with a beer cheese sauce for a fun, flavorful main. If you're embracing Meatless Mondays, leave the bacon out and serve as an appetizer.

Tuesday: Beer-Can-Smoked Whole Chicken

beer can smoked whole chicken

You can't have a beer-laden weeknight menu without including the classic chicken-on-a-beer-can. Gather your booze, protein, and four other ingredients to change up weeknight chicken for the better.

Wednesday: Pub Burgers with Hot Beer Cheese on Soft Pretzel Rolls

Pub Burgers with Hot Beer Cheese on Soft Pretzel Rolls
Credit: Photography by Joseph De Leo

Bring the pub vibe to you with these cheesy, mustardy, beer-y burgers. Served on warmed pretzel buns, they're savory goodness.

Thursday: Maryland Blue Crab Boil with Beer & Old Bay

Maryland Blue Crab Boil with Beer & Old Bay

There's nothing more summery than a crab boil—especially one that includes beer and Old Bay seasoning. Toss all your meats, veggies, and seafood in a pot and enjoy the delicious combination of yeast, tang, and spice.

Friday: Beer-Marinated Steak Fajitas

Beer-Marinated Steak Fajitas

Welcome to your new favorite day of the week: Fajita Friday! Marinate steak in a garlicky beer blend overnight for a flavor-packed dinner everyone will enjoy.

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For the cauliflower steaks with bacon, tomato & beer cheese:

  • 1 large cauliflower
  • 12 slices meaty bacon (for an entrée)
  • 3 tbsp. butter
  • 3 tbsp. flour
  • 1 cup pilsner beer
  • 1 tbsp. grainy Dijon mustard
  • About 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 to 3 dashes Tabasco hot sauce
  • 1 bag (12 oz.) shredded sharp yellow cheddar
  • Olive oil cooking spray
  • Salt and pepper
  • 8 slices beef steak tomato (for an entrée)
  • Finely chopped fresh chives, for serving

For the beer-can-smoked whole chicken:

  • 1/3 cup dark brown sugar
  • Coarse salt
  • 1 large broiler chicken (4 to 5 lbs.)
  • 3 cups hickory or applewood chips
  • 1 12-ounce can ale or lager beer
  • 1 tbsp. EVOO

For the pub burgers with hot beer cheese on soft pretzel rolls: 

  • 1 1/2 lbs. 80% lean ground beef
  • 3 tbsp. finely grated white onion
  • 2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt and pepper
  • A drizzle of olive or canola oil
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 2 tbsp. flour
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup lager beer
  • 1 rounded tsp. (about a squirt) Dijon or English mustard
  • 1 tsp. granulated garlic
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne
  • 1 package (8 oz.) shredded sharp yellow cheddar
  • Pretzel hamburger rolls
  • Grainy Dijon mustard
  • Dill or bread-and-butter pickle chips
  • Chopped white onion
  • Watercress sprigs

For the Maryland blue crab boil with beer & Old Bay:

  • 2 12-ounce bottles pale ale, such as IPA (India pale ale)
  • 2 Vidalia onions
  • 2 lemons
  • 1 head garlic
  • 3 tbsp. Old Bay seasoning, plus more for sprinkling
  • 1 kielbasa sausage link (about 2 1/2 lbs.)
  • 2 lb. baby red potatoes
  • 4 dozen live blue or Dungeness crabs
  • 8 ears fresh corn, shucked
  • Sea salt

For the beer-marinated steak fajitas:

  • 1 lb. beef skirt steak
  • 1 12-ounce can light beer
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper
  • 3 red, green or orange bell peppers
  • 1 large onion
  • 3 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 8 flour tortillas (6-inch)
  • 1 cup jarred salsa
  • 1/4 cup cilantro leaves