In the realm of summer grilling, nothing beats a bratwurst. Except maybe Brussels Brats with Honey Mustard Sauce.
Packed with flavor, hot and juicy off the grill with a twist of a topping and honey mustard sauce.
Last weekend was Memorial Day and a lot of grilling went on. I can’t leave well enough alone with traditional things, I have to mess with them……I know it’s a curse!
I have a minor obsession with brussels sprouts. Well, if they are cooked in bacon. Once again the praises of bacon are endless and they bring glory to the ho-hum brat.
Let’s have a brat lesson……According to Wikipedia…….Bratwurst, often shortened to “brat”, are a common type of sausage in the United States, especially in the state of Wisconsin. Germany ancestry. It is a common sight at summer cookouts, alongside the more famous hot dog.
Wisconsin is also the origin of the “beer brat”, a regional and my favorite, where the bratwurst are simmered in beer (generally a mixture of a pilsner style beer with butter and onions) prior to grilling over charcoal.
Bratwurst has also become popular as a mainstay of sports stadiums, especially baseball parks, after Bill Sperling introduced bratwurst to Major League Baseball in Milwaukee County Stadium in 1954. The brats, which sold for 35 cents then, were grilled and placed into a container of a special tomato sauce before being served. ( I may have to check out said tomato sauce)
Every year, during the Memorial Day weekend, the city of Madison, Wisconsin hosts the Brat Fest, which is billed as the “world’s largest bratwurst festival.”
I boil my brats in beer, onions, and throw in a few peppercorns. Boiling them first makes them much easier to grill……less chance of burning them. Plus, it add a little flavor and gets rid of a bit of the fat. Let’s be clear….. brats are not a healthy fat free food, but they taste damn good!
Ketchup, mustard, onions, sauerkraut and relish = traditional. Brussels Sprouts, bacon, pecans, and cranberries = untraditionally super yummy!!!
Brussels Sprouts, sliced thin, I like my mandolin for this……watch your fingers…..and sautéed in bacon fat. Add pecans and cranberries for a few seconds and you have yourself a delicious topping for a brat.
Top that topping with honey mustard sauce, and crispy bacon…….Brussels Brats with Honey Mustard Sauce.
When I made these the first time, I had two fails. First go-round I tried it with a hamburger….not so much in the taste department. Plus the pictures……..definitely not!!
Second go-round….swap beef for a brat and the pictures are…..well I don’t want to brag, but they are pretty awesome.
The brussels sprouts remind me of sauerkraut, in a far fetched way, but they are both cabbage, and I have a vivid imagination.
I wasn’t too sure about the whole idea of pickles with the topping for the brat, but they are the perfect side piece. Bite of brat, a bite of pickle. Make sure it’s a dill pickle……
Mustard is a must with a brat, but with the brussels sprouts, and bacon, honey mustard sauce…..oh yeah!!
Shake up your next cookout with Brussels Brats with Honey Mustard Sauce and you will own the cookout!!!
Brussels Brats with Honey Mustard Sauce
- 1/2 lb. bacon
- 1/3 lb. Brussels sprouts, thinly sliced
- 1/4 c. pecans, roughly chopped
- 1/4 cup dried cranberries
- kosher salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 4 brats
- 4 hot dog or hoagie buns
- Honey Mustard Sauce (see recipe below)
- Cook the bacon until it’s crispy. Set aside.
- Sauté Brussels sprouts about 1 tablespoon bacon fat until they are just wilted.
- Add the pecans and cranberries. Stir for about a minute, then remove from heat and set aside.
- Boil brats in beer and grill or sauté in skillet until well browned.
- Place the brat in a hot dog or hoagie bun, top with brussels sprout mixture, honey mustard sauce and bacon. Serve with dill pickles.
Honey Mustard Sauce
- 1/4 cup mayonnaise
- 1/4 cup sour cream
- 1/4 cup honey
- 2 tablespoons mustard
- 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
- Mix all ingredient until well blended. Refrigerate.