Quiet Earp is quite the homebrewer (read his beer tutorial if you want). He makes a batch of beer every week or three, which means we’ve usually got a bucket full of boiled grain sitting around somewhere. I tried eating the grain in cereal and baking it in bread, but it wasn’t so great with the hulls still mixed in. So we feed some grain to my worms, and some to the neighbor’s chickens in exchange for eggs, and some grain gets baked into these delicious dog treats.
Crow loves ‘em. Here’s the recipe.
Beer Grain Dog Treats
- 4 cups spent grain that has not seen hops
- 2 cups flour
- 1 cup peanut butter
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 to 1/2 cup fat*
*Every time we cook fatty meat, I save the runoff in a jar in the freezer for just this purpose.
1. Mix grain, flour, peanut butter and eggs in a bowl. Mixture should be crumbly. Slowly add fat until it starts to become sticky. Don’t put too much fat, or it’ll give your dog stinky farts ok?
2. Press the dough into a cookie sheet to make an even layer. Score it by cutting lines through the dough with a knife.
3. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or so, then break the treats apart.
4. Reduce heat to 225° and bake another 3-4 hours, or until treats are completely dried out. Make sure they are totally desiccated, or they risk getting moldy.
5. Call dog.
Store these treats in an airtight container and don’t feed your dog too many of ‘em until you know how their, uh, digestive effects!