Let’s be honest – sometimes you get tired of a traditional hot dog. If hosting a baseball themed picnic, or just a regular picnic with burgers and dogs – you must try this take on a hot dog. Bratwurst are delicious alternatives, and are easily found at the meat counter in your store (make sure to ask if the meat is organic or grass fed). The simple step of using beer elevates the level of this dish. Mustard and the caramelized onions are a perfect pairing, and this recipe is so simple that your guests won’t have to know that it’s not a secret tradition passed down generations. If you want to be outside all day – you can even make the caramelized onions on the grill too!
Grilled Beer Brats with Caramelized Onions
Keywords: grill dinner bratwurst
Ingredients (6 servings)
- 1 package (19 oz) fresh organic bratwurst – ask your butcher how the meat has been raised
- 2 large onions, thinly sliced
- 1 tsp caraway seeds
- 3 bottles (12 oz ea) good beer – try and find a local variety
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 6 buns or rolls
- Mustard to taste
In a large pot, put the brats, onions, caraway seeds, and beer. Bring to a boil, then turn down and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes. Remove brats and set aside.
Pour liquid through a colander and take the onion mixture left in colander and put in large skillet with a drizzle of olive oil. Turn heat on under skillet to low, cover skillet, and let simmer very slowly until caramelized, stirring occasionally. This will take at least 20 to 25 minutes if done correctly. The onions will become golden brown, soft, and sweet.
When ready to eat, set grill to medium heat. Put brats on grill and cook about 10 minutes, turning often so all sides get good grill marks.
Serve on buns with mustard and a generous helping of caramelized onion on top.
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