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Brats with Spicy Sauerkraut

Barbecue & Grilling Recipes from Makes 5 sandwiches

Prep Time: 20 min.
Cooking Time: 13 min.
Grilling Time: 10 min.


  • Bratwurst Ingredients
    • 5 uncooked bratwurst
    • 1 (12-ounce) can beer or 2 cups water
  • Sauerkraut Ingredients
    • 2 - Tablespoons butter
    • 1 - cup sauerkraut, drained
    • 1/4 - cup chopped red bell pepper
    • 2 - Tablespoons chopped onion
    • 1 - serrano chile or 1/2 jalapeño chile pepper, seeded, chopped
  • Buns Ingredients
    • 5 bratwurst buns, toasted, if desired


Preheat gas grill on medium or charcoal grill until coals are ash white.

  1. In a 4-quart saucepan, add bratwurst and beer.
  2. Cook over high heat for 3 to 4 minutes or until mixture comes to a boil.
  3. Reduce heat to medium and gently boil for 10 minutes. Pierce each bratwurst with a fork.
  4. Meanwhile, in a 10-inch skillet, melt butter until sizzling.
  5. Add sauerkraut, bell pepper, onion, and chile.
  6. Cook over medium heat for 2 to 3 minutes or until peppers and onion are crisply tender.
  7. Place bratwurst onto grill.
  8. Grill for 10 to 12 minutes, turning once, or until browned.
    Serve bratwurst on buns and top with sauerkraut.

Alan’s Kitchen Picnic or Tailgate Tip

To make your picnic easier, cook bratwurst and sauerkraut as directed above. Keep chilled in refrigerator. To transport, pack on ice in cooler. When you get to your picnic site, grill bratwurst and serve with sauerkraut. The sauerkraut can be kept covered in refrigerator for up to a week.

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