Beer Braised Brats
- 4 Bratwurst Sausages
- 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
- 0.5 cup, sliced Onion
- 11 ounces (1 bottle) Beer
- 4 Pretzel Buns
- Fresh Chives
Meaty, juicy, very German Oktoberfest beer braised brats!
What is more German than beer braised pork sausages on a pretzel bun with sauerkraut?
It’s like a German hot dog but better!
Growing up in Germany, Oktoberfest wasn’t something we celebrated.
However, every year when the summer ends we have Erntedankfest, which is sort of like Thanksgiving.
It is a celebration for the gifts of the summer harvest, getting together and eating (and of course drinking) a lot!
Erntedankfest is celebrated end of September, the same time as Oktoberfest.
The real Oktoberfest is an annual food and beer focused festival that occurs in Munich, Germany. It attracts lots of visitors from all over the world.
What are the must eat items for this celebration? Sausages, lots of them, pretzel or as we call them Bretzel, Schweinebraten which is roasted pork, spätlze and beer.
As a kid, I constantly craved Bratwurst and you can get them on every corner in Germany. Now, as an adult I crave a beer with my sausage…a German beer!
To combine my love for these two, I have created this Oktoberfest beer braised brats recipe.
The pork sausages simmer and slowly braise in beer which truly enhances their flavor.
Bratwurst can be enjoyed on their own with some sides but the pretzel bun “hot dog” style is the way to go!
Dare I say umami when it comes to taking a bite of this?
Hope you give this recipe a try!
Prost und Guten Appetit!
Sauté The Onions and Brown the Sausages
Heat a large skillet with 2 tablespoons of olive oil then add the sliced onion and sauté on medium heat for 3-4 minutes.
Next, nestle in the sausages and brown on both sides for 4-5 minutes.
Lower the heat to medium-low and add 1 bottle of beer. I like using a German light wheat beer and for this recipe I am using Weihenstephaner Vitus.
Simmer the sausages and onions in the beer on medium-low heat (uncovered) until the liquid has reduced down, about 20 minutes.
Toast The Buns & Serve