These loaded beer brats will be the hit of your next cookout… Featuring Yuengling-infused brats loaded up with Yuengling caramelized onions, sauerkraut, and a generous squirt of spicy brown mustard!
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The weather is hot and steamy here in Central Ohio, which means two things: our garage refrigerator is well stocked with beer for impromptu entertaining, and we’re grilling out nearly every night to avoid heating up the kitchen.
When it comes to grilling, chicken and burgers are always natural choices. But I’ve always felt that beer and brats are truly synonymous with summertime. Don’t you think? And neither require a lot of forethought, which makes them perfect for lazy weekends.
But when you spy a package of the elusive Smithfield® Yuengling® Bratwurst in the meat case while shopping at Kroger? Well, that calls for something a little more special — like loaded beer brats! Of course, I put them in my cart… I’ve been looking for them for weeks since first hearing about them. And I also grabbed a 6-pack of Yuengling Lager. Because it just didn’t seem right not to pair the two. You know?
In addition, I threw in a giant Vidalia onion, a jar of sauerkraut, and some grainy stone ground mustard. All my favorite brat toppings!
Yuengling Caramelized Onions
My line of thinking was to thinly slice up the onion, and then cook it low and slow with a little butter to caramelize it. But at the last minute, I decided why stop there? Since I had the Yuengling Lager on hand, I cracked one open and added one-half cup to the caramelized onions, then continued to cook them until all of the liquid was evaporated.
Oh my gosh, I’m telling you I should bottle these onions. They’re. SO. Good! I’ll definitely be topping burgers, brats, and more with them all summer long.
Smithfield Yuengling Bratwurst
I’m sure you’ve seen recipes before that called for boiling the brats in beer before grilling them. You can totally skip all of that unnecessary prep work now! The great thing about Smithfield Yuengling Bratwurst is each bratwurst is infused with real Yuengling Traditional Lager, meaning you can just toss them right on the grill.
Now, my husband is the real bratwurst grilling expert (I’m actually not even allowed to touch the grill, but that’s a story for another time), and he tells me that grilling them over medium-low heat is ideal. And be sure to turn them frequently so that they cook evenly. No one wants a brat that’s charred on one side and undercooked on the other!
Loaded Beer Brats
After you let your bratwurst cool for a few minutes, it’s time to nestle them in a sturdy brat bun and load them up! The first layer I added was a generous heap of sauerkraut that I earlier drained in a strainer to keep the bun from getting soggy. Soggy buns = big fat thumbs down.
Then I piled on the Yuengling caramelized onions… It’s getting good, right? And finally, I topped it all off with some grainy, spicy brown mustard for a bit of bite. Served with potato chips, bread & butter pickles, and a cold Yuengling Lager (of course — it pairs great with grilled food), this is a summer meal to savor!
Loaded Beer Brats
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Summer doesn't get any better than these loaded beer brats, heaped with sauerkraut, Yuengling caramelized onions, and grainy stone ground mustard! Pair with a cold Yuengling Lager.
- 5 Smithfield Yuengling Bratwurst
- 5 brat buns
- 1 large Vidalia onion, thinly sliced
- 1 tablespoon butter
- generous pinch kosher salt
- 1/2 cup Yuengling Lager
- 2 cups sauerkraut, strained
- grainy stone ground mustard, to taste
- Preheat the grill to medium-low heat. Grill the brats over direct heat, turning frequently, until cooked through, about 20 minutes.
- While the brats are grilling, heat one tablespoon of butter in a large skillet. Cook the sliced onions with a generous pinch of kosher salt over medium-low heat until soft and golden, about 20 minutes. Stir in Yuengling Lager, and continue to cook until all of the liquid is evaporated.
- Serve the grilled brats in sturdy brat buns, topped with sauerkraut, Yuengling caramelized onions, and grainy stone ground mustard to taste.
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What’s YOUR favorite way to load up a bratwurst?2