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Grilled Brats with Quick-Cooked Cabbage

Rated as 4.83 out of 5 Stars

"In German cuisine, bratwursts typically come with sauerkraut or red cabbage. We say, why choose? This recipe combines those ideas, with a tangy-tart braised cabbage that cooks in just a few moments. Cooking the brats with a combination of water and beer, if desired, infuses the sausages with even more flavor. Serve with German mustard and German potato salad on the side."
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40 m servings 790 cals
Original recipe yields 6 servings


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  1. Prick each brat with the tip of a knife a few times on each side.
  2. In a large skillet, place brats and add water and beer to the pan to reach halfway up the sides of the brats.
  3. Cook over medium heat for 15 to 20 minutes, turning once.
  4. Increase heat to medium-high and cook another 5 to 10 minutes or until liquid evaporates. Remove sausages to a plate to hold.
  5. Add olive oil, onion and red and green cabbage to the pan and stir well, cooking over medium-high heat for 3 minutes.
  6. Add vinegar, brown sugar and seasonings, stir well and reduce heat to medium.
  7. Cover and cook for another 5 minutes. Stir once more.
  8. Meanwhile, warm hot dog buns in a 400-degree oven for about 10 minutes, taking care not to brown.
  9. Spread mustard on each bun, top with a brat and spoon warm cabbage saute on top.


  • Note:
  • You can substitute another cup of water instead of 1 cup beer.
  • Tip:
  • If you can find a pre-packaged blend of raw red and green cabbage with carrots, that's an ideal time-saver.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 790 calories; 41.6 g fat; 70.9 g carbohydrates; 27.2 g protein; 92 mg cholesterol; 1891 mg sodium. Full nutrition

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Husband and I loved it. Used hoagie rolls, otherwise, made exactly by the recipe.

Made them on a weekend. Great lunch!!!!

We loved this Brat recipe. The quick cooked cabbage added both flavor and color. We really liked the mustard with the cabbage and onion mixture. The toasted Tailgater buns by Ballpark held up...

These were delicious! The quick braised cabbage/onion mixture is a great flavor compliment to the brats. The recipe makes quite a bit of cabbage mixture and for us could have probably been red...

This was even better than I expected!! We typically grill our brats, but were pleasantly surprised by how delicious they were after stove-top cooking. The cabbage and some deli mustard were perf...

Made as written minus the allspice because I overlooked it and these were great! The cabbage is tart which is just the way we like it. It is also colorful which makes a much prettier presentatio...