Ale-Braised Bratwurst and Sauerkraut

Braised Bratwurst and Sauerkraut is a H2FaL absolute favorite dish, hands down!  And when Fall is upon us, there is nothing better than this pure comfort German dish.  Every layer of flavor adds to the depth of delicious here.  Let there be not doubt, this incredible dish is wunderbar!!  

Ale-Braised Bratwurst and Sauerkraut
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This Ale-Braised Bratwurst and Sauerkraut gets a nice kick start on the grill (on in the skillet), and gets the brats nice and browned before they the go into the pot to be braised with all the other amazing German aromatics. This is German comfort food at its best!
Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: German
Serves: 6 - 8
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 lb fresh bratwurst (uncooked)
  • 1 medium yellow onion, roughly chopped
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 bottle (12 fl. oz) German ale
  • ½ cup apple cider
  • 3 tablespoons fresh thyme, chopped
  • 1½ cup chicken stock
  • 2 cups good qaulity sauerkraut, drained
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  1. Heat your grill to medium-high heat , or a large heavy skillet.
  2. Add the brats, and cook until browned on all sides, about 5 minutes (doesn't need to be cooked completely through...will finish cooking while braising). Set aside.
  3. In a Dutch oven (or large sturdy pot), over medium eat, warm the olive oil.
  4. Add the onion and saute until tender and golden, about 10 minutes.
  5. Add the flour and cook, stirring for another minute.
  6. Whisk in the ale and cider until the mixture is smooth and bubbly.
  7. Add the thyme and stock, whisking to blend, and bring to a simmer.
  8. Return the sausages to the pot and cover.
  9. Reduce the heat to medium-low, and cook for 15 minutes.
  10. Uncover , add the sauerkraut, and simmer until the sauce is slightly reduced, about 5 minutes longer.
  11. Taste and season with salt and pepper.
  12. Divide the sausages and sauce among serving bowls and serve at once.
  13. Enjoy!



  • Made this today and it was so, so good! I forgot to get apple cider at the store, so used what I had, applesauce! Still turned out wonderfully!

    • Sounds amazing! Oh…how we LOVE this dish! So glad you improvised with such huge success. Way to go!!! Stay in touch, Lisa, and thank you for letting us know what you thought. All the best, xoxoxo…Kris & Wesley

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