Beer Braised Bratwurst and Caramelized Sauerkraut

April 27th, 2013 by katie

If I was a smart blogger I would hold this recipe for Oktoberfest.  Or I would have gotten my act together and made it back in March around St. Patty’s day.  But since I have never been either a smart blogger or an appropriate seasonal menu eater, here you go.  Here are some amazing sweet and sour caramelized sausages for your rainy spring dinner.  You can thank me later.     

Beer Braised Bratwurst with Sauerkraut

serves 4, prep 5 min, cook 30 min
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 bottle of bock style beer
  • 1 lb fresh bratwurst or Italian sausages
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 3 cups sauerkraut, drained on paper towels
  • 1/4 cup frozen sweet peas (optional)
  • salt and pepper
  1. Heat a tall sided skillet or wide, shallow pot over medium high heat.
  2. Add onion, beer, and bratwurst. Simmer, turning sausages occasionally, until beer is reduced to a syrupy constancy and onions are caramelized-about 10 minutes.
  3. Remove sausages and add beef broth to the pan, scraping the bottom until mixture is fully incorporated.
  4. Add sausages back to the pan and simmer until fully cooked, about 10 minutes more.
  5. Remove sausages and bring broth to a full boil until reduced to syrupy constancy, watch that it doesn’t reduce too much and burn off.
  6. Lower heat to medium low and melt the butter, scraping up the caramelized bits in the pan.
  7. Add sausages back to the pan.  Place sauerkraut around sausages and cook until heated and somewhat crisp.  Turn sausages and stir often to mix sauerkraut with caramelized onions so it doesn’t burn.
  8. Add the frozen peas, if using, and stir them into the sauerkraut to heat them.
  9. Season with salt and pepper to taste-depending on the flavors of your sauerkraut and sausages you may not need extra seasoning.
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15 Responses

  1. Lea Ann (Cooking On The Ranch)

    I’m the same way, I’m getting ready to post my ham salad sandwiches that I made a month ago with leftover Easter Ham. I’m just glad you posted this recipe, it sounds incredible.

  2. Carie

    This looks awesome – I love a good German meal every now and then! The caramelized sauerkraut looks amazing.

    I never plan out the holidays, etc. on my blog either. Meh!

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    I just tried this recipe tonight for my family and it was a success! Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe!

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    My husband and I just feasted on this recipe for a late Saturday luncheon. He hates sauerkraut, but loves beer. Unfortunately, this sauerkraut/onion mix was so effectively delicious that he wants his fair share! Highly recommended!

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