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Grilled Bratwurst

Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 8


  • 3 medium Granny Smith apples peeled, sliced thin
  • 1 Vidalia onion sliced thin
  • 2 cans lager beer
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 bratwursts
  • 8 large hot dog buns toasted
  • Beer Cheese Sauce see below
  • 2 cups sauerkraut well drained
  • Dijon mustard
  • Pickled jalapenos


  • Place the apples, onion, beer, salt and pepper in a large pot over medium-high heat.
  • Simmer until the apples and onions are soft.
  • Add the bratwurst and let simmer 5 minutes per side.
  • Remove the brats to a plate. Reserve the braising liquid for the beer cheese sauce.
  • Grill bratwurst 5-6 minutes per side.
  • Serve bratwursts on buns, topped with the cheese sauce, kraut, Dijon mustard and jalapenos.

For the Beer Cheese Sauce

  • pound Velveeta cheese, cut into cubes
  • tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • /2 cup, or more, beer braising liquid
  • Place the cheese and Dijon in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
  • Stirring often, let the cheese melt and combine with the mustard.
  • Add the beer braising liquid. Whisk all ingredients together, adding more liquid if the sauce is too thick. It should be a little thick, enough to just stick to the back of a spoon.