Beer Braised and Grilled Bratwurst
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Okay this is not so much of a recipe, as a method of cooking. It uses the beer bath method and grilling. But I think I do it backwards from most people. But I always get complements, even from people who say they don't like brats. This is a favorite of our four year old daughter.

1 lb good quality bratwurst
2 1/2 tbls butter
1 large onion, thick sliced
2 large garlic cloves, rough chopped
1 tsp koshar salt
1 tallboy (24 oz) can of an American style lager beer
1 handful mesquite chips

In a large wide stock pot, melt the butter. Add the onions, garlic, and salt. Saute over medium heat until the onions start to soften and turn clear. Don't left the onion or garlic brown. Add the beer. Bring this liquid to a low boil, and add the bratwurst. The liquid should just barely cover the brats. Reduce the heat until the liquid is just simmering, then simmer the brats for 20 minutes.

Soak the mesquite chips in water. Prepare your charcoal grill with all the charcoal on one side of your grill. Add half the wood chips to the charcoal.

Grill the bratwurst over the charcoal, turning frequently until they are browned on all sides. Add the rest of the soaked wood chips. Move the brats to the cool side of the grill, and place the cover on the grill. Allow the brats to smoke for 3 - 5 minutes, remove from grill, and serve. Be careful not to overcook the brats on the grill. They should still leak juices if pierced.

Cliff Note 1: I normally use Johnsonville original bratwurst, a Budweiser tallboy, and Kingsford charcoal. For a stronger beer flavor use a darker, more full-bodied beer.

Cliff Note 2: You can broil or grill the brats on an electric indoor grill if you can't grill outside. But if you do this then simmer the sausages for a little longer (30 - 35 mins), as the indoor browning cooks the brats less than the charcoal grill.

Cliff Note 3: In a pinch you can use minced dehydrated onions and garlic. I have done this once while camping. Just add a cup of water the brazing liquid, and simmer this for about 15 - 20 minutes before adding the brats. Also used oil instead of butter. Turned out pretty good.