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Bratwurst with Sauerkraut & Mustard Recipe

Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American

Ingredients

For the Brats

  • 4 Bratwurst sausages
  • 2 dark beers
  • 1 onion sliced
  • 1 pound fresh sauerkraut
  • 4 pretzel rolls hoagie rolls or long buns
  • spicy mustard

For the Mustard

  • ½ cup flat beer or water
  • ½ cup whole mustard seeds
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons dry mustard powder like Coleman's
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • tablespoons prepared horseradish optional

Instructions

For the Brats

  • In a saucepan, bring beer and onion to a simmer. Pierce bratwurst casings with a sharp knife. Place brats in the simmering beer, turn down the heat to just below a simmer, and let brats poach for about 6 minutes.
  • Over medium coals, grill brats until they have good color, turning so they are evenly browned about 1 minute per turn.
  • If not serving right away, return the cooked brats to the beer/onion mixture to keep hot.
  • Split rolls almost all the way through. Place, cut side down, on the grill just to get some grill marks.
  • Gently warm the sauerkraut over medium-low heat. Don't let it boil, you just want to warm it through.
  • Spread spicy mustard to taste in each bun. Top with a brat and then some warm sauerkraut. Finish with more mustard, if desired.

For the Mustard

  • Combine beer and whole mustard seeds. Let sit for one or two hours.
  • Put soaked seeds and any remaining beer or water into the work bowl of your food processor. Add all the rest of the ingredients. Process for 30 seconds-4 minutes or so, depending on your texture preference. The longer you process, the smoother your mustard will be.
  • After processing, put the mustard in a small saucepan. Let it sit for an hour, then bring to a boil over medium heat. Boil for one minute.
  • Remove from the heat and cool. Cover tightly and refrigerate for three days to ripen. Mustard will thicken. After three days, adjust the consistency with another teaspoon or two of water or cider vinegar.
  • Well covered, the mustard will keep for three weeks in the refrigerator.