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Beer Braised Meatball Banh Mi Sandwiches

I’m not sure why I do these things. It’s that part of me that leans toward obsessing, and it’s a small but powerful part. Mini but mighty.

Food, in one form or another, often finds it’s way into that space. Duck confit, pickling weird foods, doughnuts, bolognese, you really never know when something will settle into my major obsession zone.

When I do have things fall into the crack in my personality that sucks up obsessions, it doesn’t let them go (see also: beer, early rock photography, serial killers, bulldogs. It’s Ok to dislike me based solely on that list).

Right now, it’s Banh Mi, or if I use it as a command: BANH ME! It should be a socially acceptable command that you’re allowed to yell at people until they give you a Vietnamese-French fusion sandwich. But it’s not, so don’t try it.

After making a vegan Mushroom Bahn Mi sandwich for my book that’s in the processing of being published, I want to Bahn Mi all the things. ALL THE THINGS. I’m going to try to keep this obsession in check, but it has leaked through today, onto you so I hope you’re OK with that.


Beer Braised Meatball Banh Mi Sandwiches

Banh Mi and Meatballs in one sandwich with a sweet and spicy beer glaze!
5 from 1 vote
Servings 4 Sandwiches


For the pickled shallots:

  • 1/4 cup very hot water
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1/4 cup beer (lager, pilsner, pale ale)
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 large shallot bulb thinly sliced

For the meatballs

  • 1/2 cup Thai sweet chili sauce
  • 3 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 1.5 lbs frozen mini meatballs I used pork, but beef, chicken or vegetarian is fine
  • 1/2 cup beer (lager, pilsner, pale ale)

For the sandwiches

  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons sriracha
  • 1 large carrot grated with a box grater
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 large jalapeno
  • 4 crusty sandwich rolls


  • 1. Add the hot water, sugar and salt to a small bowl, stir until dissolved.
    2. Stir in the beer and vinegar, add the shallots. Cover and refrigerate for one hour and up to 3 days.
    3. In a small bowl stir together the chili sauce, brown sugar, and fish sauce, set aside.
    4. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the meatballs, pulling the pan back and forth until starting to sear.
    5. Lower heat the medium, pour in the beer. Allow to simmer until most of the beer is gone, stirring occasionally.
    6. Pour the sweet chili mixture over the meatballs, raising the heat slightly, adjusting to maintain a low boil.
    7. Cook until the sauce has thickened and the meatballs are well coated.
    8. In a small bowl stir together the sour cream and sriracha (can be done up to 3 days in advance).
    9. Spread the sriracha sour cream inside the rolls, fill with meatballs, carrots, cilantro, pickled shallots and jalapenos. 

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Elliott January 17, 2019 um 6:41 am

Love the recipes… but there are a couple of questions here:
1. How much shallot? How do we slice it?
2. It says to add the beer to the meatballs, but there’s not beer listed on the meatball listing.




Jackie January 17, 2019 um 8:07 am

Thank you! I’m using a new recipe plugin and it’s not nearly as easy as the other one! Thanks for letting me know, I updated.


Sabrina January 18, 2019 um 5:53 pm

5 stars
great combination – meatball sandwich, Banh Mi-ed with Thai flavors and, for me, a lager! thank you


Jackie January 19, 2019 um 6:40 pm

Yay! Glad you liked it 🙂


Kristin January 22, 2019 um 10:28 pm

Hey, have you ever had or tried to cook/bake with a zero IBU IPA? I recently had one and it was very unusual- had the unmistakable IPA hop nose to it…but no hop taste. How would you even go about developing a recipe when the beer smells one way, but tastes completely different? (FYI the one I had was brewed with white wheat & hops, used Citra & Amarillo hops, with notes of fresh orange zest & grapefruit).


Jackie January 23, 2019 um 8:33 am

I haven’t yet but it would probably be a great one because of the lack of bitterness. The interesting thing is that in order to be classified as an IPA you need at least 40 IBU’s, so I think the definition of an IPA will change or there will be a new name for the "zero IBU IPAs." Any hops added post boil don’t factor into to IBUs, so you could have a really hoppy low IBU beer that technically isn’t an IPA but still really nicely hopped.


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