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Beer Brats with Braised Red Cabbage

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Comfort Food
Servings: 5 people
Calories: 402kcal


  • 1 pound fresh bratwursts
  • 1 package bratwurst buns
  • whole grain mustard

Braising Liquid

  • 2 bottles dark German beer
  • 3 inch piece fresh ginger sliced into coins
  • 1 large yellow onion sliced
  • 1 Tablespoon whole fennel seeds
  • 1 Tablespoon whole coriander seeds
  • 1 Tablespoon whole mustard seeds
  • 1 Tablespoon whole celery seeds

Braised Cabbage

  • 2 cups red cabbage thinly sliced
  • 2 Tablespoons honey
  • 2 Tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • kosher salt
  • cracked black pepper


  • In a medium pot, combine the beer, onions, ginger, and whole seeds. Bring to a simmer over medium heat.
  • Pierce the bratwursts all over with a fork and then gently slide them into the beer. Cover the pot, turn off the heat, and let the bratwursts cook for 15 minutes.
  • While the brats cook, prepare your grill for high heat direct grilling.
  • While your grill preheats, prepare your braised cabbage. Heat the olive oil in a large saute pan over medium heat. Dump in the shredded cabbage and toss to coat in the oil. Season with the salt and pepper.
  • Strain 1/2 cup of the beer braising liquid and add it to the cabbage. Cook about 10 minutes until softened and stir in the honey and vinegar. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.
  • Remove the bratwursts from the braising liquid and head out to the hot grill. Grill the sausages for about 2-3 minutes per side until the casings are crisp and browned.
  • Split the bratwurst buns and grill cut side down for about 30 seconds, until they are nice and toasty.
  • Slather each bun with some of the whole grain mustard, top with a crispy brat, and a pile of the braised red cabbage. Eat and enjoy!



Calories: 402kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 67mg | Sodium: 784mg | Potassium: 512mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 397IU | Vitamin C: 23mg | Calcium: 97mg | Iron: 2mg