These flavorful brats and sauerkraut with caramelized onions will be a favorite easy weeknight dinner or BBQ favorite!
2 tablespoons butter
1 package fresh bratwurst sausages (not the pre-cooked sausages available near the hot dogs; check the fresh meat department near the Italian sausage)
1 medium-large sweet onion, peeled, halved, and sliced
Pinch celery seed
Pinch caraway seed
Pinch (about 10 cracks) freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon organic apple cider vinegar (the murky, swirly stuff with “the mother”)
1 tablespoon brown mustard
12 ounces sparkling apple cider (Apple Beer works great), non-alcoholic beer (like O’Douls) or regular beer
1 tablespoon brown sugar (omit if using sparkling cider)
1 pound fresh sauerkraut
In a large skillet that has a lid, melt butter over medium heat. Add sausages in a single layer and brown 3-4 minutes on one side. Flip the sausages and add the sliced onions and allow the sausages to brown an other 3-4 minutes. Stir the sausages and onions and cook another 3-4 minutes or until the sausages are browned on all sides and the onions are beginning to reduce and caramelize. Add the celery seed, caraway seed, pepper, and brown sugar and continue cooking until the onions are golden and tender.
Add the apple cider vinegar and mustard and stir to combine. Add the liquid of choice, bring heat to high until the mixture boils, then cover and reduce heat to low for 10 minutes.
Increase heat to medium, remove cover, and simmer uncovered for 20-25 minutes or until the mixture is reduced and syrupy. Remove the sausages and keep warm (if you’d like, you can finish them off on the grill for a few minutes–this is a very tasty option.) Add the sauerkraut to the pan and heat thoroughly. Serve the sausages on buns with caramelized onions and sauerkraut.