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Whiskey or Wine? How to Pair Drinks with Your Favorite Meat Dishes

Winter dining is all about hearty meals and belly-warming drinks. From grass fed beef steaks to braised free range pork loins, there's no end to the amazing possibilities. But when it comes to pairing your delicious meat dishes with drinks that truly complement them, you might be running into a bit of confusion.

Fortunately, you've come to the right place for answers. Below, we'll explain how to properly pair meat and drinks based on type of meat and your method of prep. Let's get started!

Beef and Bison

If you're cooking with this red meat, make sure you're starting with the highest quality grass-fed beef, Wagyu beef, and bison that is sold online at Now, let's get to pairing that beef with the perfect drinks.

Barbecue and Smoked - When you think smoked meats, your thoughts should immediately go to brisket and barbecue. With that in mind, America's whiskey (Bourbon) should be your top choice. The smokiness of the meat pairs perfectly with the smoky flavor present in many of the best Bourbons on the market.

Steak - Steak will always be a red wine dish. Its richness pairs well with a nice dry wine. But while you're cooking, make sure you preserve as much of the moisture as possible. A dry steak and a dry wine make for an unsavory pair.

Grilled - Grilled red meat in many cases is present in tacos, which means tequila is an excellent pairing.

Shots of tequila go well with grilled, highly seasoned meat smothered in guacamole. If you're not into that, a margarita is an excellent companion for a traditional Northern Mexican taco.


Pairing alcohol with fish is tricky, but wild caught Alaskan salmon is one of our all time favorites. Considering farmed salmon has almost three times as much saturated fat, wild caught offers a flavorful, leaner option. If you're a fan of wild caught salmon recipes, you'll love these pairing tips.

Smoked - Smoked salmon is delicious on its own, but if you want to take this dish to the next level, consider pairing it with some aquavit.

Raw- If you're a sushi lover, this is the pairing for you. Fish, when eaten as sushi, typically pairs best with sake. In Russia, dishes like caviar are also paired with vodka.

Whether you're a fan of fish, beef, or poultry, knowing how to pair these dishes with drinks is key to becoming a master in your cooking craft. Now, you'll be able to impress your party guests with your pairing knowledge like a professional.