New Belgium Beer BBQ Tofu

A while ago (embarrassingly long ago actually), I was selected to participate in the New Belgium Tastemaker program through Foodbuzz and got a stipend to create a dish or meal pairing using New Belgium Brewing Company beer. new_belgium-3My first thought was to make no-knead beer bread because it’s so easy and so delicious. But then I thought, well, that’s not very creative. So, I hit up Holly from The Healthy Everythingtarian on g-chat for some help; naturally I turned to her since she’s a beer aficionado. After some brainstorming, we landed the concept of a a beer-based BBQ marinade. Thanks for the help Holly!

Last night, New Belgium Beer BBQ Tofu (and it’s step-sister New Belgium Beer BBQ Chicken) was born. And it was delicious.

New Belgium Beer BBQ Tofu

Serves 2

  • 1/3 cup pre-made BBQ sauce (I used a local brand that I found at Whole Food)
  • ~1/3 bottle New Belgium Somersault beer (I poured it out until I’d emptied it to the top of the label)
  • 1/2 t. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 – 1/2 t fresh ginger, grated (to taste)
  • 1 block extra-firm tofu

1.  Cut tofu into 1/2” slices, wrap in a towel, and press for at least 30 minutes to remove excess liquid.  I used three cookbooks as my press since I don’t have a fancy Tofu Xpressnew_belgium-1You wanna know what’s ironic about this picture? You see one of the all-time best bread baking books (The Bread Baker’s Apprentice)…and then there’s a bread machine pan in the background on the left. heh heh. I used a bread machine for the very first time in my life this past week. I was worried I  would get disowned.

2. Combine all marinade ingredients and mix well. Taste it and adjust as you’d like. Like most marinades, it’s very open to interpretation.


3. Marinate your tofu for at least an hour.

I’m convinced there is absolutely no way to take a picture of something marinating that looks appetizing.new_belgium-5

This angle is no good either.new_belgium-7

What if I put a cute Boxer in there (even if it’s a Boxer bum)? I think that’s slightly better.new_belgium-6

4. Heat a sauté pan over medium-high heat and spritz generously with non-stick spray. Remove the tofu from the marinade and cook until brown and slightly crispy, 5-7 minutes each side. Before you flip it in the pan, spritz the tofu with non-stick spray again for extra crispiness.

5. It might not look appetizing while marinating, but I think the end result looks—and more importantly tastes—pretty darn good.new_belgium-8

What food do you always struggle to photograph well?



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  • Ashley

    Oooooh I’m so pumped for this!!!

  • Jordan @ food, sweat, and beers

    WOW!! that looks fantastic, and I’ve never even had tofu. Then again, I do love beer in any/everything, so that could be the tipoff.

    What an amazing tastemaker offering, and I love New Belgium longtime.

    I feel like slow cooker foods are always ugly. Luckily, their taste makes up for their hideous appearance!

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey

    Gotta love Holly to come up with something to do with beer! <3 that girl!

    I always have a hard time photographing my dinners in general – I just want to eat!

  • Lindsey

    Tomatoes! No idea why, but they never turn out for me!

  • Kelly @foodiefresh

    Pieces of meat are difficult to photograph for me unless it has a sauce that’s pleasing to the eye. Big beautiful bowls of healthy colorful goodness are much easier.

  • giordin

    YAY!!! I love New Belgium Brewing Co!!! and tofu too!! What a great idea!

  • [email protected] In Sweetness and In Health

    That looks so good! I need to get better at photographing everything, especially since I’m new to blogging :).

  • Heather (Heather's Dish)

    i don’t love tofu but i would TOTALLY rock this out on chicken! yum!

    • Teri

      Rob loved it on his chicken!

  • Holly

    oooohhhhhhh i am SO glad that turned out well! i totally forgot about that conversation until this post, and now i am suddenly very hungry for some of that tofu, haha 😉

    love ya lady!!!

  • Mama Pea

    That looks so flippin’ good to me!

    • Teri

      now that’s a compliment coming from my vegan idol! Thanks!

  • Meghan Doll

    This looks FANTASTIC! I am definitely making this very very soon!

    Boxer is such a cutie 🙂

    I also am very unpleased with how my pictures turn out while marinating! I think i have a picture of pork tenderloins marinating on my blog… not pretty, but tasted so good!

  • J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog)

    That marinade sounds tasty!

    I struggle with any type of red or orange foods in low-lighting. They never seem to come out that great. 😕

  • Pure2raw twins

    Look yummy! I need to start making more things with beer in it for Gary he would love it haha

    We still struggle with food photography, sometimes we just can’t get it to overall look right. ugh haha

  • natalie (the sweets life)

    I don’t like beer (i know!!), but i love beer bread so i’m wondering if i would like this!! will have to try sometime! New Belgium sponsors a bike race (Urban Assault) that I do, and I love their company!

    I struggle to photograph a LOT of foods, usually soup, anything brown, and a lot of other things 🙂

  • LauraJayne

    It’s sad because I eat it so much AND there are so many people who take inspired pictures of this – but I always feel like my oatmeal pictures are so sad! It’s probably because of the early AM lighting, but I need some help!

  • Cat @Breakfast to Bed

    brownie batter and steel cut oatmeal always kinda look like poo.

  • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed

    I just started blogging and before that I had never photographed any of my food… needless to say I am AWFUL at it. I really need to do some more research and figure out what works. Until then mediocre food photos galore hehe.

  • Laura

    i struggle to photograph all food actually…but i’m getting better.

    that tofu looks delicious – having never been a huge tofu eater, i think i could dig it well-marinated. anything in bbq is right up my alley.

    love the blog – a refreshing, daily read!!


  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife

    Usually crock pot food, mexican, and smoothies are HARD to photograph pretty. Same with some casserole dishes.

    Looks YUMM 🙂

  • Baking 'n' Books

    I’ve never marinated tofu or tempeh myself at all. Always just grill it…and then put salsa and cheese over it ;)…but I have bought pre-marinated tempeh in Sesame and Garlic – holy yum!

    So this – yeah, this would be great 🙂

  • Meg

    Anything cooking in a pot… all I get is a billow of steam and shadows in water. I don’t know why I even bother.

    That and sometimes I attempt to take a picture of my left hand doing something (like chopping) that I would normally do w/ my right hand, but my right hand is needed for holding the camera. I’m lucky I haven’t lost a finger yet. KOW.

  • Amanda @ Still Life with Duck

    Yummy! I love tofu. 🙂

  • Lindsey @ Cardio Pizza

    I think it looks great! I love marinated tofu.

  • Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun

    Beer + BBQ = perfect summer marinade. I think I need to try this. Although we never just have beer on hand!

  • [email protected]

    idk about you, but that tofu looks awesome to me! I’d definitely be down to eat it! Yum!

  • Ashley

    Just wrote this down…will be making it at some point this weekend !!

  • [email protected]

    Ohhh loooks delicious Teri!! Hmm I think pasta for one, is kind of hard to photograph well. Not sure why~

  • Jenny @ Fitness Health and Food

    I do struggle to make my food look as pretty as it should! I’m working on it!

    Your tofu looks delish! 🙂

  • Lynne

    thanks for posting this – New Belgium is the source of my favorite beer (Fat Tire) and I have yet to try one of theirs I didn’t like. I do believe we will be making this.

  • Stephanie @Lungesandlunch

    I made broccoli hummus and had the worst time photographing it for today’s blog. No matter what angle you go for, it looks like baby poop. Good thing it’s so delicious. (The hummus).

  • janetha @ meals & moves

    Boxer bum makes everything better!

  • Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga

    Teri this looks amazing!

    I have marinated tofu in kombucha, green tea, pumpkin jelly, mango chutney, you name it…but not beer.

    I want to now!

    I have an entire post linked in my photography tab about pretty…and not so pretty pics.

    comfort food of any kind, anything mushy, white, or brown from lentils to mashed potatoes to mac n cheese photographs…horribly I find. It just looks like slop when I’m done! haha!

    • Teri

      oh my gosh, tofu in kombucha and green tea?? I would never think of that!

      I seriously was so surprised how much I liked the beer marinade, especially since I’m not a total beer lover!

  • Susan

    What did you do with the leftover marinade?

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