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Feb 2, 2008 03:05 PM

Hotdogs cooked in beer

Read a suggestion for this somewhere. Thinking of trying for Superbowl party tomorrow -- but curious to know if any of you all have tried this and how it ended up tasting.

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  1. Not a big hotdog fan, but I always start bratwurst simmering in beer until they're plump enough to burst, then finish them off on a hot grill. Simply wonderful!

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    1. re: LordOfTheGrill

      I do this too--and they turn out GREAT!!! Yum, with a spicy onion-jalapeno relish. I don't generally eat hot dogs but I think they'd benefit from a pre-grill beer bath.

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      1. Drink the beer, grill or fry the dogs.
        Say *no* to boiling.
        : )

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        1. re: pitu

          Agreed, don't boil them. The beer method is not a boil, you simmer the dogs in beer & water with onions and then finish them on a grill. Adds a ton of flavor.

        2. SIMMER low and slow in beer with added (your choice) onions/garlic/bell peppers/butter/brown mustard for 30 minutes. Remove, pat dry and finish on the grill.

          Agreed: No boiling ever.

          1. Tried it a couple times with hot dogs and bratwurst and don't think using beer makes a difference vs plain water. I don't know what the theory is, but I don't see how simmering very fatty, highly seasoned ground meat for a few minutes in a weak solution of alcohol and malt flavor is going to make a difference in taste. Simmering firms up the casing and par cooks the sausage so it is less likely to burst when you put it on the grill, and the outside doesn't dry out or char by the time the inside is cooked. That is a very good thing by itself.

            Now, if someone simmers a batch of dogs or brats in beer and another batch in water and does a blind taste test with friends and family and says beer is superior, I'll eat my words (and a couple of brats in beer). Till then, the beer goes into a glass.

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            1. re: Zeldog

              With brats some people grill them first and then let them simmer in the beer with sliced onions. That's the way my Wisconsinite mother always did it. I know I've see the controversy (in beer before grilling vs. in beer after grilling) discussed at length, I think on this board. If you put the dogs in the simmering beer after grilling, the beer-y juices sink into the bread. Maybe that's good. I don't know. I do know it's tradition in our family.

              1. re: Zeldog

                I think you may be missing the point a bit. As I see it, the real reason to simmer first is to ensure the brats are done all the way through without grilling them to the point of dryness. If you simmer them to cook through, you just need a few minutes on the grill for color and flavor, which means they will retain their juice and flavor.

                And if you are going to go through that step, why simmer in water? The beer (and any other additives) may not create a flavor bomb, but they add some depth at the very least.

                All that being said, I don't see the point of cooking hot dogs that way.