Beer Brats

If you’re looking for something yummy to eat today for Labor Day, but you don’t want a burger or basic hot dog, this is the recipe for you. My mother-in-law got us a grilling cookbook called Master of the Grill, and I was pumped because I feel like I really don’t know the first thing about grilling. That’s Steven’s area of expertise. This cookbook has 400 grilling recipes with a huuuuge variety. Not only are the recipes great, but it also includes great cooking and prep tips for beginner grillers.

This recipe was the first one we tried out of the cookbook, and it was a huge hit. Rather than having to boil your brats first, this has you to cook the brats fully in a marinade, allowing them to really soak in all the flavors. We used jalapeño cheddar brats and apple brats, but you could really use any flavors you like. We used two Budweiser beers, but any pale lager would work. I wouldn’t recommend light beer for this.

What you need:

  • 2 pale lager beers
  • 8 bratwursts, flavors of your choice
  • 1 large white onion
  • 1/2 cup Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • Pepper to taste

What to do:

  1. In a large aluminum disposable pan, mix beer, mustard, sugar, and pepper.
  2. Place brats in to allow to marinate.
  3. Heat the grill to high.
  4. Meanwhile, slice onion into 1/2 inch rounds, do not separate. Basically you want them fully intact so you can place them directly on the grill.
  5. Season onions on both sides with salt and pepper.
  6. Place onions and pan of brats on grill.
  7. Cook onions, flipping occasionally for 4-6 minutes.
  8. After 4-6 minutes, place onions in the pan with the brats.
  9. Close grill and allow brats and onions to simmer in marinade for 10 more minutes.
  10. Place brats directly on grill, flipping occasionally until lightly charred on all sides. (Roughly 2 minutes each side).
  11. Serve with or without a bun, topping with cooked onions, sweet hot mustard, or toppings of your choice. Enjoy!

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