While I’ve shared the recipe and “how to” for serving Bratwurst at an outdoor picnic (check out Labor Day Picnic – A Fond Farewell To Summer for details), cooking up tailgate worthy Bratwurst at home is a less complicated proposition. It’s really a matter of beer, simmer, grill.
In our house, there are only two rules to grilling up bratwurst – the Bratwurst MUST be Johnsonville (the Official bratwurst for the Green Bay Packers) and the beer MUST be Miller. It’s a Wisconsin thing.
Now I know that grilling should be a summertime activity – unless you hail from Wisconsin. Then grilling bratwurst on Sunday is the law. Those crazy Green Bay Packer fans are out there in the snow, with a big wedge of cheese on their heads, grilling up the official food for die-hard fans.
No matter the weather, a perfectly grilled Johnsonville Bratwurst in a bun, smothered in onions is always delicious!
Bratwurst in Beer with Grilled Onions
1 Package Johnsonville Bratwurst
1 Onion, sliced
Beer – enough to cover Bratwurst (20 oz can of Miller is enough for 1 package of 5 bratwurst)
1 Package Steak or Bratwurst Rolls
Pierce Bratwurst to allow fat to drain and beer to soak into meat. (A thin fork, cocktail pick or cake-tester works fine – remember, you want the fat to seep out, the beer to soak in and the bratwurst to retain its flavorful juiciness).
Place Bratwurst in a large pot. Cover with beer and let Bratwurst soak in beer for about 45 minutes.
While bratwurst are soaking, thinly slice onions. If desired, place a few sliced onions into the pot with the bratwurst, reserving the majority of the onion for “grilling” in a pan.
Saute onions with a little butter over medium-low heat until golden, about 20-30 minutes.
Heat a gas grill for about 10 minutes or so to get it good and hot. Turn heat on under pot of soaking bratwurst to low and let simmer while grill heats.
Remove bratwurst from liquid. Grill to sear outside, turning as needed, about 5 to 6 minutes per side.
Spread mustard or favorite condiment onto bun. Top with bratwurst and onion.
Serve with French Fries or warm German Potato Salad