Beer Brats

Whether celebrating Oktoberfest or just watching the game.. Beer Brats are perfect!  You can make everything ahead and stay out of the kitchen and enjoy the festivities yourself!
Wursts or sausages come in a number of varieties… and are part of many recipes… one of which is Beer Brats.  You can buy commercially made Beer Brats… Guinness and Johnsonville make them.. just to name two. 
Beer Brats are bratwursts poached in beer with some butter and onions… then grilled… served with grilled onions and sauerkraut ….really pretty simple.
The big question always asked… so what beer to use?… a good question… obviously Guinness is an option.. I have tried their Beer Brats and liked them… so I’m sure their beer would do well.
Some people use a lager beer… some a Pilsner … it really is up to your personal taste.   If you like the taste of beer.. use a stronger tasting beer… if you only want a faint flavor of beer.. use a lighter one.  A dark beer will give it a richer flavor.
Most people agree to stay away from IPAs.. they tend to impart a bitterness to the meat. 
I don’t boil mine.. I simmer them until they’re cooked…. Packages should tell you how long to cook them.. 5 to 10 minutes should do it.   Then grill for about 10 minutes.
Serve with grilled onions and sauerkraut …. German Potato Salad … And of course.. beer!

Recipe:  Beer Brats
All you need:
1 large sweet onion, sliced
3 tablespoons butter
Enough beer to cover
1 large sweet onion, sliced
All you have to do:
Place the butter and brats in a large pot or Dutch oven.  Cover with beer.  Bring to a boil and immediately turn down the heat.  Simmer until cooked, about 10 minutes.  Reserve beer mixture.
Grill brats until golden in color and charred slightly.  Return the brats to the reserved beer mixture until ready to serve.
Meanwhile, grill onions in a grill pan with a little butter or oil.   Return the brats to the reserved beer mixture until ready to serve.
Serve on buns with toppings and a side German potato salad.

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