Sep 16, 2011

Cider-Simmered Brats with Apples and OnionsRecipe from Weber's Way to Grill™ by Jamie Purviance

Rating: 5 stars

2 Reviews

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Serves: 5 // Prep time: 15 minutes | Grilling time: 6 to 8 minutes | Special equipment: 2 large disposable foil pans

Grocery List

Fresh Produce

  • 2 Granny Smith apples
  • 2 yellow onions

Meat / Poultry / Seafood

  • 5 fresh bratwurst


  • 2 tbsp apple butter
  • 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp whole-grain mustard

Wine / Beer / Spirits

  • 1.5 pints hard apple cider


  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 5 submarine sandwich buns

Special Equipment

  • 2 large disposable foil pans



  • 2 tablespoons apple butter
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons whole-grain mustard

  • 2 bottles (12 fluid ounces each) hard apple cider
  • 2 medium yellow onions, halved and cut into ¼-inch slices
  • 5 fresh bratwurst, pierced several times
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 5 submarine sandwich buns, halved lengthwise
  • 2 Granny Smith apples, cored and thinly sliced


  1. In a small bowl mix the mustard ingredients. Cover and let stand at room temperature until ready to serve.

  2. Prepare the grill for direct and indirect cooking over high heat (450° to 550°F). 

  3. Brush the cooking grates clean. Put the hard cider, onions, and bratwurst into a large disposable foil pan. Place the pan over direct high heat and bring the liquid to a simmer. Keep the grill lid closed as much as possible. Continue simmering until the brats are evenly colored and have lost their raw look, about 20 minutes, turning them occasionally. If the liquid starts to boil, move the pan over indirect heat to prevent the bratwurst from splitting open.

  4. Lower the temperature of the grill to medium heat. Transfer the brats to another large disposable foil pan. Strain the onions in a colander over the pan with the brats (the liquid will keep the brats warm while you cook the onions). Return the onions to the original pan and stir in the brown sugar. Cook the onions over direct medium heat, with the lid closed as much as possible, until they are golden brown, about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Move the onions over in direct heat to keep them warm.

  5. Remove the brats from the liquid and grill them over direct medium heat until browned, 6 to 8 minutes, turning once or twice. During the last minute, place the buns on the grill to toast.

  6. Place the brats in the buns. Spread each with the mustard, and top with the glazed onions and a few apple slices. Serve hot.

2 Reviews

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Rating: 5 stars

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Rating: 5 stars

Jul 2, 2013

Kevin F

The Weber Summit E670 - The King of All Gas Grills.

I previously owned a Weber traditional charcoal grill (25 years). I recently decided to upgrade to a gas grill for the first time ever. Based on prior experience using a Weber, I knew the quality and durability of the brand was second to none. So, even though I looked at a few other brands during the selection process, I liked the features and look of the Summit E670 model from the first time I saw it and read the overview on the Weber website. So, after an in depth review process across several brands, I purchased the Weber Summit E670.

This grill is "extremely" well built, weighing slightly less than 300 pounds (289). The assembly process was a breeze (I really took my time, reading instructions during the assembly process and it still only took me 1.5 hours from start to finish). After using the grill about 5-6 times so far, I have been completely blown away by its overall features and performance. I won't go through a long recap/review of all performance features, but make no mistake; this is a VERY, VERY impressive grill. See the below review...

The 6 burners provide a well-balanced heat source across the grill grates and the smoker is simply excellent. The lighted knobs and grill handle overhead lights are really nice for night grilling. The drip pan system works flawlessly and helps keep grease from running onto your deck or patio area. The Searing station feature is absolutely outstanding and works extremely well with all meat selections, but especially well with steaks and chicken breast. I have not used the rotisserie yet, but I do look forward to it - the hidden rotisserie motor compartment is a well designed - well thought out feature. I was initially considering the Weber E620 (buy the rotisserie motor and smoker separately to save money, but decided to go with the Weber E670 - so glad I did. I have been extremely happy with my decision and this grill.

Overall, the Weber E670 is an outstanding grill and therefore, I "highly" recommend it to "anyone" who wants to own a versatile grill, with features that surpass all other brands. Don't wait ... buy it NOW! This grill is of the highest level of quality. Yes, it is expensive, but the grill is of great value and will guarantee you a great ROI and, it will provide the setting for many memorable cookouts with family and friends for the next 25-30 years. Happy Grilling!

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Rating: 5 stars

Jul 13, 2013

Jon S

Must Try!!

First off the recipe was awesome. I used "REDS APPLE ALE" for the beer as well as Gerber chicken sausage as well as a coil of regular hot Italian sausage. I added a touch more brown sugar as well as extra onion. The apple really works well on the top for an added flavor punch. Overall excellent recipe that will not let you down!!!!

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