For these brawny dogs, bratwursts are simmered in a mixture of beer with sweet onions, caraway seeds, and a spoonful of sugar, then charred on the grill. If you're going full-on, the onions are strained and sauteed in a skillet on the grill until golden, then mixed with sauerkraut. You'll be booed out of Wisconsin if you bring soft potato buns to the party -- for a true cheesehead, only a sturdy hoagie roll will do.

Martha Stewart Living, June 2017


Credit: Armando Rafael

Recipe Summary

45 mins
1 hr 10 mins


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  • Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large, grill-safe straight-sided skillet (preferably cast iron) over medium. Add onions and a pinch of salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onions are soft and golden in places, about 20 minutes. Stir in caraway seeds, bay leaf, mustard, and brown sugar; cook 30 seconds. Add bratwursts and beer. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, turning bratwursts occasionally, 20 minutes.

  • Preheat grill for direct-heat cooking (medium-high on a gas grill). Transfer bratwursts to a plate. Drain onion mixture in a fine-mesh sieve; discard liquid. Return mixture to skillet with remaining 1 tablespoon oil. Place on one side of grill and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Stir in sauerkraut; cook 1 minute more.

  • Meanwhile, place bratwursts on grill and cook, turning a few times, until blistered in places, about 5 minutes. Place rolls on grill, cut-sides down, until lightly toasted and charred in places, about 1 minute.

  • Serve bratwursts in rolls, topped with sauerkraut mixture and more mustard.