Beer Brats with Onions (cooked in your cast iron skillet!)

It's very rare that I get to have lunch at home. I am bouncing around from school to school, meeting with the first- and second-year teachers that I mentor, and often times simply pack a lunch that I can eat in the car or in whatever teacher's lounge I am nearest to.

One day in late February, the stars aligned. I was able to go home for lunch, and you can bet there was no way I was eating a cold lunch. I wanted something hot. Something hearty. Something that would taste of summer. (February in Iowa, anyone?!)

Enter, these beer brats.

Are you ready for this recipe? All you need are a few pantry staples and your trusty cast iron skillet. I promise this is a meal you can bang out over your lunch break. Let's do this!

You'll need: 

  • a medium yellow onion, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • one bottle of dark beer (for the love of all things delicious, don't use Miller Light)
  • 1 tablespoon of brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worchestershire sauce
  • 5 pork brats
  • 5 buns

Melt the butter in your cast iron skillet, then toss in the onions and cook until they're soft.

Then, add the beer, brown sugar, vinegar, Worcestershire, and thyme to the skillet and bring to a boil.

After letting the onion and beer mixture boil for 5 minutes, add the brats and cover. Cook like this for 10 minutes.

Here's where you get to make a choice, guys. If you like your brats a little 'crispy', you can throw them on the grill for a few minutes or under the broiler and cook until done. If you like your brats seeped in beer flavor, then leave them in the skillet and cook until done.

Naturally, I chose to place them under the broiler for about 10 minutes, until they were done. I just left the onions and beer simmering (uncovered) on the stove.

We're such carnivores around here that we just ate brats for lunch. No side dish. Just meat, cooked in onions and beer. And bread.


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  1. Great recipe!! Make this and your house will have the aroma of a cozy restaurant in Germany. Will definitely make this again!

  2. what kind of psychopath puts ketchup on a brat

  3. These were fantastic, thank you! Our local Aldi here in the UK had chilli brats which gave a bit of a kick to the meal! Served ours with cabbage as we're low carbing. Really good, and have bookmarked the page to make again.

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