Feb 2, 2012

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

Rating: 5 stars

4 Reviews

Grocery List

Fresh Produce

  • 2 Granny Smith apples
  • 2 yellow onions

Meat / Poultry / Seafood

  • 5 fresh bratwurst

Condiments

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

Wine / Beer / Spirits

  • 2 bottle hard cider (each 12 oz)

Other

  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 5 submarine sandwich rolls

Special Equipment

  • 2 large disposable foil pans

Ingredients

Mustard

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

  • 2 bottles (12 fluid ounces each) hard 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 rolls, halved lengthwise
  • 2 Granny Smith apples, cored and thinly sliced

Instructions

  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 rolls on the grill to toast.

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

4 Reviews

Average Rating

Rating: 5 stars

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Rating: 5 stars

Apr 29, 2016

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!!!!

Type of Griller

Intermediate

Would you recommend this recipe? YES

Rating: 5 stars

Apr 29, 2016

Alan H

Fabulous!

I got 'Weber's Way to Grill' as a Christmas gift and had been anxiously waiting for nice weather to fire up the charcoal grill. My stepson and myself each flipped through the book and this was the first recipe in the book that caught our attention that looked relatively easy to attempt. Well, months later, today was the day. I substituted regular apple cider instead of hard cider and I substituted non-salted butter as we had no apple butter. I also added 1/2 of a Granny Smith apple chunked up to simmer with the cider, brats, and onions for the first 20 minutes, then discarded the apple chunks when it was time to caramelize the onions. Other than those deviations, I followed the recipe as prescribed. My mini sub rolls were toasted up even better looking than in the above picture and let me tell you, the results were PHENOMENAL!! My stepson said it was the best brat he had ever eaten in his life and I couldn't agree more with him! What an incredible blend of multiple flavors, these brats were righteous. Even my wife who doesn't like brats, totally loved it. 10/10!!!
Next time I make this, I'm going to add another onion to my recipe as the three of us agreed we could have used a little more on our brat.
This was a highly successful first Weber recipe attempt and am looking forward to trying many more this summer!

Type of Griller

Intermediate

Would you recommend this recipe? YES

Rating: 5 stars

Apr 29, 2016

Sabrina P

YUMMO!!!

Being from the Midwest I've eaten a lot of beer boiled brats so when I saw this recipe I was super excited to try it...& it didn't disappoint! I used Woodchuck green apple cider & granny smith apples...it was so flavorfull & the apple butter with dijon was the icing on the brat!! This will be my go to brat recipe on the weekends when there is lots of time to let those onions simmer & carmelize. Yummy!

Type of Griller

Advanced

Would you recommend this recipe? YES

Rating: 5 stars

Apr 29, 2016

M M

Worth the time

I had never put this much time or effort into brats but it was definitely a step up from the standard pre-cooked brats that take a few minutes. The cider , brown sugar, onions combo makes this a great fall football saturday meal.

Type of Griller

Intermediate

Would you recommend this recipe? YES

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