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How I Learned to Grill a Juicy, Snappy Brat

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Hello, friends and neighbors and Mustard Mavens,

Grillin’ Time at last here in our Nebraska town under 10,000.  The sun sits boldly in the sky and all that is green is growing and glowing!

This weekend,  I will be hosting friends for  fishing, kayaking, paddle boarding and eating – Whoa!  I mean to say, sitting on the patio in an Adirondack chair, sipping a beer, talking or languishing in a hammock and maybe a boat ride later.  And, yes, eating!

Grillin’ Time Menu for June – Brats in a Toasted Bun with Coleslaw and probably a barbecue bean casserole to side with the Brats.

I like planning casual entertaining around Brats and a light and salty, sweet and crunchy coleslaw.

All but the grilling is handled hours or even a day before the gathering, and I, the host greet my friends and enjoy the pleasure of their company, and grilling and eating in the shade of Nebraska’s State Tree, the majestic cottonwood.

I design a simple menu with easy-to-make food items that look and taste  delicious. Complex Flavor Without Complex Recipes

First and most important buy quality Brats. Our region is favored with Meat Markets.  Below I listed meat markets in Nebraska that I guarantee pack  freshly ground meat in natural casing, top-quality Brats and one of the markets (Raikes Meats in Ashland)  delivers to your door like Omaha Steaks only  higher quality.

The Brat recipe that follows fell into my hands during a juicy conversation  with an award-winning  barbecue guy in my home town.

His Brats spill over with juice on the inside and bite with a snap on the outside.

Spicy Beer Mustard simplifies the cooking because the rich blend of Olde Creamery Stout, Platte River Valley honey, mustard seeds, mustard powder, Turmeric, Allspice and cider vinegar develop  complex flavors  without complex work.

Spicy Beer Mustard Dressing for Cole Slaw

¼ cup                                    distilled white vinegar
3 Tablespoons                      Spicy Beer Mustard
6 Tablespoons                     Canola oil
1/2 tsp.                                 salt
½ tsp.                                    sugar
½ red onion                         sliced thinly and then cut into 1 inch pieces
2 20 oz. packages               Angel Hair cabbage


  • In a small bowl mix vinegar, mustard, salt and sugar then stirring   constantly   with a wire whip, drizzle in the 6 Tablespoons of oil.
  • Slice the red onion and cut into approximately 1 inch pieces.
  • Dump the angel hair cabbage into a large bowl, add the onions, and then ½ the dressing.  Toss.  All parts of the cabbage need to be moistened with the dressing.  If you think it dry in places, add more dressing – 1 Tablespoon at a time until all the salad is moistened but not dripping in dressing.
  • I mix the cabbage and dressing several hours prior to the party or even minutes before serving.  The Angel Hair cabbage tastes fresh and clean any way I do it.

Most important, buy Brats from a meat market in your region of the world.  I select mine from the following Markets that also retail Spicy Beer Mustard, the Condiment with Character:

Holdrege, Fritz’s Meats
Kearney, Oxford Locker at Kearney
Elwood, Elwood Coop
Eustis, H&J Market
Lincoln, Leon’s Gourmet Market
Ashland, Raikes Beef  (Raikes Beef delivers mail order direct to your home, and the order arrives frozen, and the meat  quality is 100% superb)

See all addresses and phone # aBuzzsavoriesllc.comt

Now I continue with the Brat grilling process –How to Grill a Perfect Brat

No, please do not take Brats from package to the grill.  Yes, soon you will be grilling so light the coals.

First place the brats in a skillet and pour in either beer or water to fill the skillet to ¾ height of the brats.
Reason:  melt the fat to release the juices in the meat.  The photo is showing uncooked Brats beginning a simmer in their beer bath.

Turn the heat to a high simmer and simmer  20 minutes.

The Brat simmering process may take place several hours  hours or also a day before grilling and serving.  Cover and refrigerate if you simmer  ahead.

Grill over a hot fire only to a golden appearance on all sides and to print the grill marks on the brats. (150 Degrees)  Check temperature with your instant thermometer. The grilling/browning process may only require 5 minutes!



Brats and Buns
Water or beer for the simmering process
Toast buns on the grill and serve with Spicy Beer Mustard and Cole Slaw on the side.

Human-kind is united by love for appetizing food. (Edward Espe Brown, The Tassajara Recipe Book)

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