Lambeau Leep Beer Brat Recipe - Brats simmered in beer, onions
Beer Brat Recipe
It was January 30th, 1994 - Super Bowl Sunday. It was moving day and I was moving from San Clemente, CA to Manitowoc, WI.
When I stepped on the plane it was 80 in Southern California - when I deplaned in Milwaukee Wisconsin it was 7. Pretty sure the windchill was -20 below zero. Hence my introduction to Wisconsin!
Here is what I learned about Wisconsin while I lived there -
These are hard-working folks. They won't let a little thing like a snowstorm stop them from coming to work. AND they won't be late either, they will get up, dig out their driveway and car and go to work. Snow is a way of life - deal with it!
Fridays are for Fish Fries and Fish Boils. Every supper club has a Fish Fry on Friday nights and if you are really lucky you get invited to a fish boil (ewe!!!).
Admittedly I thought a "fish boil" sounded awful until I tried it. Fish boils are amazing. Lake Trout boiled with corn, onions, potatoes
In the five years I was in Wisconsin I lived in Manitowoc, Mishicot
What is the difference between hotdogs and brats?
- Though both are sausages, bratwurst are made with fresh beef, pork or veal and mixed with herbs and spice. Hotdogs are precooked.
- In my opinion, the best brats are Johnsonville Brats made in Sheboygan (sorry another name you can't pronounce!).
- If you can't find Johnsonville Brats get good bratwurst or German Sausages - not hotdogs, because ahem.....there's a difference!
Another must try while in Wisconsin - cheese curds? Be sure an give them a try! They are salty, squeaky and so yummy!!
Lastly, Wisconsin loves th Green Bay Packers! Football is a way of life in Wisconsin and I love it too! I lived in the area for about five years and I've been a Packer-Backer ever since!
Since football season is around the corner I wanted to share my favorite way to make Beer Brat Recipe. Good brats are slow-cooked on the stove and finished on the grill.
If you're going to do some tailgating this year or just enjoy a great dog, this is the recipe for you!
Shopping list for Beer Brat Recipe
- yellow onion
- beef broth
- whole grain mustard
- hotdog buns
Why boil the meat and then grill it?
Braising them in beer and onions infuses them with flavor and helps keeps them juicy and flavorful! If you just grill the brats when they are raw, often they end up dry.
How long do you soak brats in beer?
You'll want to simmer them at least 30-45 minutes.
Can you soak brats in beer overnight?
You bet! Simmer them, allow to cool and pop them in the refrigerator until you're ready for grilling.
What brats are the best?
Johnsonville Brats - from Sheboygan, Wisconsin are the BEST!! They are
Can't get Johnsonville where you live? Then choose raw bratwurst, not pre-cooked hotdogs!
What beer is the best to use?
Leinenkugel is a traditional choice. Beer adds a rich hearty flavor! Other beers to consider are:
- wheat beer
You can really use your favorite this is tailgating food! No judgement here!!
Steps to make Lambeau Leap Beer Brat Recipe
- Add the brats to a deep frying pan or large pot set on medium heat. The top with beer, beef broth, onion, garlic
2. Bring to a boil & reduce to simmer. Occasionally turn the brats so they are completely cooked. Simmer for 30-45 minutes until they are completely cooked thru.
Beer Boiled Brats
3. Next grill the Beer Brats over an open grill making sure to get good grill marks.
Beer and Brats Recipe
Build your brat with a hotdog bun, topped with a brat, sauerkraut and a good whole grain german mustard. Enjoy!
That's it....simple and perfect! Football is a way of life in Wisconsin and when it comes to Beer Brats - they do it right!
And in case you're wondering... I love football! The team I root for is the Green Bay Packers (big surprise, right?!! I've been to several games at Lambeau Stadium and Dan and I have plans to head back to Wisconsin next fall to enjoy a game!!
How about you, who's your favorite team?
More great recipes for tailgating and grilling!
- Cuban Sliders - salty, buttery meaty bites!
- Baked Beans - always great with brats!
- Refried Bean Dip - super simple and always delicious!
- Sticky Chicken Wings with Blue Cheese Dipping Sauce - a MUST make!!
- Tailgate Chili - my favorite chili recipe!
- Stuffed Potato Skins - almost a meal!
What's your favorite tailgate food? Comment below, I'd love to hear what's on your menu! If you have a moment, please leave a five star comment for these tasty brats!!!
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Beer Brats Recipe
Lambeau Leap Beer Brat Recipe
- 1-2 package brats - Johnsonville Brats if you can find them or good German Sausage
- 2 12 oz bottles of beer
- 1 yellow onion cut into wedges
- 2 clove garlic chopped
- 1 14.5 oz can beef broth
- 1 can sauerkraut
- whole grain German Mustard
- Hotdog buns
- Additional water as needed to cover the brats
- Braise the brats. Add the brats to a deep frying pan or large pot set on medium heat. To the brats add the beer, beef broth, onion, garlic and water. Bring to a boil & reduce to simmer. Occasionally turn the brats. Cook them for 30-45 minutes until they are completely cooked thru. Braising them will keep them juicy and flavorful.
- Grill the Beer Brats over an open grill making sure to get good grill marks.
- Build your brat with a hotdog bun, topped with a brat, sauerkraut and german mustard. Enjoy!