The Pabst Blue Reuben

The Pabst Blue ReubenI received an email from the homies over at Foodbeast a couple weeks back asking if I had any crazy food ideas that I could make using Pabst beer.

I was super drunk out in Vegas at the time and responded by saying something along the lines of “What if I took an entire Reuben sandwich, dipped it in Pabst beer batter and deep fried it? It could be called the Pabst Blue Reuben!”

They were into it an apparently the people over at Pabst were as well so they gave me the go ahead and here it is — The Pabst Blue Reuben!

just based on the name alone, the Pabst Blue Reuben is pretty awesome, but taste-wise it was even better! I’ve yet to find a single food that beer batter and a quick dip in some 375° oil can’t improve upon.

I briefly considered adding food coloring to the batter so not only would the name of the sandwich be a play on words, but it would actually be blue in color as well, but the thought of that took me back to when I was about six years old and discovered food coloring for the first time. I went through my family’s refrigerator adding it to every single liquid I could find turning our milk red and our orange juice brown (on account of the fact that I didn’t yet know that mixing the colors green and orange created brown).

I’d like to think that I’ve matured a lot since those days, although my mom may disagree with me on that…. Then again, she used to yell at me and tell me to stop playing with my food and now I get paid to play with my food so what’s up now mom!?


The Pabst Blue Reuben

The Pabst Blue Reuben

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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Course Main Course
Cuisine American

Servings 1 sandwich



  • 1 quart vegetable oil for frying
  • 1 can plus 3 cups Pabst Blue Ribbon beer
  • 3 cups flour
  • 6 ounces corned beef
  • 4 slices Swiss cheese
  • 2 slices rye bread
  • 4 tablespoons sauerkraut
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • Thousand Island or Russian dressing



  • Heat oil in deep fryer or heavy skillet to 375°F.
  • Combine flour and 3 cups of Pabst Blue Ribbon beer in a bowl to create beer batter.
  • Preheat a skillet or griddle on medium heat.
  • Place corned beef in skillet, top with Swiss cheese and cover until cheese is melted.
  • Butter bread and place face down on skillet until browned.
  • Top bottom slice of bread with corned beef, cheese and sauerkraut. Spread dressing on remaining slice of bread and place on top of sandwich.
  • Dip sandwich in beer batter, covering it completely and use a spatula to transfer it to your deep fryer or heavy skillet.
  • Deep fry for three minutes or until sandwich is golden brown.
  • Slice sandwich in half, dip in dressing, and crack open a Pabst to drink along with it!

4 Comments on The Pabst Blue Reuben

  1. Slutty Kitchen
    February 21, 2016 at 11:42 am (8 years ago)

    Beautifully slutty. I love the PBR for the batter, but I’d probably drink something a bit better with that sandwich, like a malty amber. Love, love, love this!

  2. A
    March 16, 2016 at 8:54 pm (8 years ago)

    Holy shit this is brilliance

  3. Glenn Martin
    March 20, 2016 at 9:24 am (8 years ago)

    I love it … Maybe a deep-fried Budweiner is next

  4. Gusface Grillah
    January 23, 2017 at 9:00 pm (7 years ago)

    I don’t know what I love more, the idea itself or the pun

    love me a good food pun


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