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brats topped with onions

Ah, marriage. Yin and yang. Passion and attorneys. It’s an institution, a marathon, the Titanic, and heaven.

My marriage to Brian works because our contrasts balance. He’s optimistic.  I’m Jewish. He’s impulsive. I’m careful. He spends. I save. We succeed because we have agreed to never watch The Titanic with all those people dying.  And for other reasons.

Sometimes, the roles switch. I become the impulsive one. Brian usually understands although this time he did not. He could not. He’s not Jewish. He did not grow up in New York. He thinks a “brat” is a nasty kid, not a culinary treasure.

I saw this recipe and announced in a flash that we were doing it. Brian is not a “cook in beer” guy and I’m not either. Except now I am. I really am.

This dish has everything I could want. Brats cooked in beer with a ton of onions. It’s not just comfort food. It is “the” comfort food.

Do yourself a favor, a great and monumental favor and try this lovely dish. And, for the brats, go for the best. We are fortunate to have Fleischer’s organic meat market in Kingston near us upstate. Great brats. Better with beer. Best with beer and onions.

One Pot Brats

Yield: 10 brats for 10-5 people


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 large onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 12-ounce bottles of dark beer
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 10 brats
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 10 buns that will hold a brat [if you are bunning it!]


Preheat your grill to medium-high.

Place a foil roasting pan on the grill. Add the oil and then the onions and cook, stirring until tender, 5 to 10 minutes.

Add the beer, brown sugar, and Worcestershire sauce. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer and add the brats. Close the lid and cook for 15-20 minutes.

Remove the brats from the beer bath and place the brats directly on the grill to finish browning.

Pour off the most of the beer from the foil, add the butter, lots of freshly ground black pepper, and cook the onions a bit more to serve on the brats. You’ll stop short of the point of disintegration.

Brown the buns on the grill, then add a brat to each bun and top with some of the onion stuff.


Source: Just Grill This! by Sam Zien, the Cooking Guy