Celebrate Bratsgiving with these Beer Brats, complete with homemade red pepper relish! Learn how long to boil brats, and how to season them!
This post is sponsored by Johnsonville, but all opinions are my own.
For us Midwesterners, bratwurst is a tradition! Bratwurst originated in Germany, and many of us can trace our roots back to that part of the world. We grill beer brats along our hamburgers and hot dogs. expected entrée at our backyard barbeques.
So, what happens if the weather takes a turn for the worse? Have no fear, Beer Brats made on the stove are just as good as grilled bratwurst! Boiling brats in beer allows you to add more flavor and keep the moisture in the bratwurst. So delicious!
Join me in making Beer Brats for Bratsgiving this year! On August 16, we’ll be firing up the grills (and stovetops) and making a bratwurst feast for our families with Johnsonville bratwursts.
The best holidays center around food and time with friends and family. Bratsgiving is the perfect summer holiday!
How Long to Boil Brats
You will want to boil the brats in the beer mixture for 10-12 minutes or cook them at a low simmer for about 20 minutes. If you have time, I recommend the slower simmering method.
You can choose to grill the brats afterward on high heat for a few minutes. This adds flavor and caramelizes the outside casing of the brat. Or, you can finish them under the broiler as I have in this recipe, which means that you don't have to fire up the grill!
How to Top Beer Brats
Traditionally, we dress our bratwurst with sauerkraut and mustard. But you can top yours however you like! Here are some flavor combinations that you’ll love:
- Grilled or sautéed onions and stone ground mustard
- Coleslaw and barbecue sauce
- Nacho cheese and jalapeno peppers
- Pickle relish and yellow mustard
Below, I include a simple homemade relish made with red peppers. This is one of our favorite bratwurst toppings. It's perfect paired with spicy mustard!
Give your friends and family the gift of Brats by hosting your own Bratsgiving with Johnsonville brats and sausages!
Place your vote for your favorite chef-inspired recipe here, and Johnsonville will donate $5,000 to the winning chef’s charity of choice. And, you can send your bratwurst-loving friends and family a unique Bratsgiving e-card to make them smile.
Red Pepper Relish