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May 27, 2008 06:44 AM

Toppings for grilled brats

What are your favorite toppings for grilled brats?

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  1. Grilled green pepper and onions and lots of Dijon mustard or kraut.

    1. had brats yesterday for lunch. I like my brats on a sub sandwich roll over a hot dog bun.

      I had one with swiss cheese, ketchup, alot of raw onions, dill pickle chips, and sauerkraut

      2nd one, I had with mustard, raw onions, and kraut.

      Also I dont parboil the brats, I cook them straight from the fridge, basting them with a mixture of beer, butter, onions, saurkraut juice, a couple of cloves of garlic, and some hotsauce as they cook.

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      1. re: swsidejim

        That basting sauce sounds great. What are the proportions of the ingredients, and how do you incorporate the onions into the baste?

        I did buy sub rolls because they looked more substantial, so the brats fit, and also to hold more toppings.

        1. re: lisavf

          I used 3 cans of beer, 3 tbsp of unsalted butter, a quarter of an onion, 6 cloves of crushed garlic, poured in about 1/8 cup of the juice the kraut came in, and a couple dashes of Texas Pete hotsauce. I bring it to a boil, and simmer just a few minutes.

          Then baste the brats liberally as they cook.

          I started using the basting method, the cooking method, and using the sub rolls after I went to Brat Days in Sheyboygen a couple of years ago. I saw the guys from the Jaycees cooking the brats raw, and basting them, I just developed my own basing sauce by taste. They also served them on a sub roll.

          1. re: swsidejim

            This sounds really good. I would not have thought of a basting them. I'm going to try it. Thanks!

            1. re: lisavf

              I hadn't either until I saw those guys from Wisconsin doing it that way.

              1. re: swsidejim

                And those Sheboygan Wisconsinites are the ultimate authorities on brats!! (I say as a former Wisconsinite.)

                Your basting sauce sounds really great.

                1. re: karykat


                  beer, butter, and garlic what isnt good when those three ingredients are involved? ;-)

      2. I sauteed half a sweet onion with a minced jalapeno and a few toes of garlic, then added a can of kraut with a few twists of the pepper mill and cooked off most of the water.

        1. Cook in beer, and serve on bun with mustard, sauerkraut, and grilled onions.

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          1. re: bakergal

            My favourite combo as well, though I'd be just as happy with only mustard and sauerkraut. Hmm, getting a mite peckish ...

          2. Mustard "stewed" onions:

            Three large onions, sliced into thin hoops, sauteed in 1/2 stick butter, 1/4 tsp , and 2 tbsp sugar. When onions are translucent, just this side of caramelization, add 1/4 cup german style yelloc mustard, such as Plochmann's. Reduce heat and let flavors concentrate.