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 back yard barbecue-and everyone has their own
‘special’ recipe for making them.

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.
I didn’t have my very first brat-until I was in my early twenties!
I know.  Can you believe it took me that long to get my hand
on one of these summer time favorites?
Well, it’s true.  It was at our town festival-and I won’t lie-
The moment I took that first bite-I was in heaven!
That brat was amazing,-and I absolutely HAD to know the
recipe! Unfortunately-it was a secret-and the only
folks who knew-were those who volunteered to cook them!
So guess what I did the next year??
Yes, that’s right!  I learned how to make the best ever
brats! The secret is-you grill the brats first-just to sear the outside-
and then you let them soak up the ‘special’ sauce for as long as you can…
and VIOLA!

Here’s the full recipe!  ENJOY!


1 dozen bratwurst
1 12 oz bottle of dark beer
1 sweet onion (sliced thinly)
1/2 cup ketchup
1/2 cup barbecue sauce
2 Tablespoons yellow mustard
Water to cover
12 bratwurst buns


 Heat beer, onion, ketchup, barbecue sauce and mustard in a slow cooker.  
 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.
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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 I hope you enjoy these YUMMY brats at your next summer gathering!
Do you have a favorite summer food?  I’d love to her about it!
Blessings and hugs,

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