Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Brats in Beer

These were just delicious.  The way that all of the seasonings worked together along with the beer was just amazing.  They were sweet and juicy with many layers of rich flavors.  I just changed my standard way of preparing them, which is to boil my uncooked brats in beer for 10 minutes then toss onto the grill.  Instead, I added a ton of seasonings to the beer and boiled/ grilled them at the same time.  Also, the addition of the vidalia onion was definitely in the right direction.  They almost caramelized during the cooking process, adding in so much flavor and a bitter sweetness that the brown sugar alone can not do.  They were all around spectacular.

5-8 uncooked bratwurst
1 bottle of beer (I always cook w/ Miller Lite-it's what my Dad drank)
2 T. of light brown sugar (packed)
2 T. of lite soy sauce
1 T. of chili powder
1 T. of ground dry mustard
1/8 tsp. of garlic powder
1 large vidalia sweet onion (sliced into rings)

-Preheat grill to medium-high heat.  Create a make-shift pan out of 2 layers of extra strong aluminum foil, making sure to fold up sides and pinch the corners closed so the beer doesn't pour out (place "fake" pan over a cookie sheet for you to carry it out to the grill, then transfer carefully onto bottom grill rack).  In a small bowl combine the beer and all of the seasonings.  Place brat's evenly across the pan, spread onions across them and pour beer mixture over all of it.  Grill on the bottom rack on medium-high heat for 15-20 minutes, making sure to occasionally turn brat's and onions into the beer.  Serves 5-8.  Enjoy!

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