Summer and brats go hand in hand here in our neck of the woods!

Around here-these juicy sausages can be found at practically every local festival-county fair,

or backyard barbecue and everyone has their own ‘special’ recipe for making them.

And more importantly-everyone has their own special way of eating them!

Some like to top their bratwurst with sauerkraut(yuck-not me)!

Some like lots of onion. (that’s me)

Others like just mustard.

And others…just ketchup-please.

The secret to my best ever brats is that I grill them first. 

Once they are almost done, I take them off the grill and dunk them into a big crock of my ‘special sauce.’

I hope you enjoy these brats as much as we do!

Here’s the recipe!

Best Ever Brats
Serves 12
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Prep Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
  1. 1 dozen bratwurst
  2. 1 12 oz bottle of dark beer
  3. 1 sweet onion (sliced thinly)
  4. 1/2 cup ketchup
  5. 1/2 cup barbecue sauce
  6. 2 Tablespoons yellow mustard
  7. Water to cover
  8. 12 brats
  1. Heat beer, onion, ketchup, barbecue sauce and mustard in a slow cooker.
  2. Preheat grill to medium high heat (325).  Place bratwurst on grill. Cook on one side for 3-5 minutes-and turn over-(being careful not to poke or burn brat). Allow to cook for another 3-5 minutes-or until juice begins to seep from brat.  Remove immediately! Brats will not be fully cooked-just seared on the outside.
  3. Place brats into crock pot and add water until brats are completely covered. Simmer for 1-2 hours on high, or 4-6 hours on low. Serve in bratwurst buns, with sauerkraut, ketchup, mustard and onions.










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