PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – An area chef offers suggestions on how to impress your guests at your holiday barbecue with items that may be already in your fridge — including beer — which apparently is good for more than just drinking.

Evan Seplow is the executive chef at the Belgian Cafe at 21st and Green in the Fairmount section of the city and says use beer in a marinade for chicken breasts, pork loin, or fish.

“Pour a can of beer, a cup of orange juice,  a couple cloves of garlic, salt and pepper, some rosemary and let it sit maybe an hour or two hours, don’t let it sit too long because the acids will start to cooking  the meat. Just throw it right on the grill.”

Hear more of John’s interview with Evan Seplow in the podcast below.

Chef Seplow says “hoppy” beer is not the best choice. “You want more sweeter beers. Wheat beer or German Hefeweizen beers.”

And for sides, he says simple is best. Try grilling asparagus for 7 to 8 minutes or grilled fruit. Watermelon or peaches with a little oil and sugar brushed on top “tastes delicious”

Reported by John McDevitt, KYW Newsradio

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