Grilled Brats, Beer, Kraut, & Peppers

Heather Jurczyk from  shares her recipes with Shinddigz

Heather Jurczyk from shares her recipes with Shindigz

Holiday cookouts to me are all about burgers, bratwurst, and other assorted sausage family members that can be grilled and shoved in a bun for easy consumption. Paired with some tasty side salads, fruit and corn on the cob and you have a quick and easy meal that people can chow down on while never missing a single game of corn-hole.

Now that we’re entering prime summer party season, it’s time to add a few more delicious recipes.

One of our favorite ways to grill brats is to first cook them in a pan of beer, peppers and sauerkraut and then quickly brown them over hot coals so they can get some wonderful color and smoke. Plus everyone loves the Grill Master.

Grilled Brats, Beer, Kraut, & Peppers
Serves 6-8

Grilled Brats, Beer, Kraut, & Peppers

These will go fast so make a double recipe of Grilled Brats, Beer, Kraut, & Peppers!


  • 6-8 Bratwurst (we used a jalapeno bratwurst that our favorite local butcher makes)
  • 1 onion thinly sliced
  • 1 green pepper thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves of garlic finely diced
  • 1 bottle of good beer
  • 1 28 ounce jar of sauerkraut
  • 1 teaspoon hot Hungarian paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon caraway seeds
  • 2 tablespoons stone ground mustard
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • Kosher salt and black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

In a disposable aluminum foil pan or a large cast iron pan add the onion, red bell pepper, and unsalted butter with a pinch of salt and pepper.  Place this over a hot grill and cook till the onions are translucent and the pepper soft. Add the garlic and saute for an additional 5-10 minutes.

In another bowl combine the beer, sauerkraut, bay leaf, paprika, caraway seeds, and mustard. Stir to combine. After the onion mixture is softened add the beer and kraut mixture along with the bratwurst to the pan. Cover the grill and let this mixture simmer until the bratwurst are done (about 20 minutes).

After the bratwurst are cooked through, remove them from the pan and place over hot coals for a couple minutes so they get those beautiful grill marks and delicious smoky flavor.

Serve and enjoy!

Recipe by Heather Jurczyk, the sassy half of the duo that make up the cooking team of He Cooks She Cooks. They have a weakness for feel good, down to earth, amazingly tasty eats that almost always include the addition of beer.

From growing their own tomatoes to brewing their own beer, they like to cook from scratch as much as possible. They know what’s important. Love. Food. Beer. Visit He Cooks She Cooks for more recipes.

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