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Move over beer brats there’s a new kid in town! Root Beer Brats are not only delicious but they are so easy to prepare. And since they’re made with root beer rather than beer, they’re family friendly too. Slow-cooking in a sweet root beer marinade helps this tasty sausage really soak up tons of flavor. You can adjust the heat to your taste by adding a spicier chili sauce to the mix. And let’s not forget the best part, this summertime meal is made in the crockpot so you can get dinner on the table and still keep the house cool. Amazing, right?!?
Here’s all you’ll need : root beer, corn starch, ground mustard, caraway seeds, bratwurst links, onion, chili sauce, hoagie rolls, red onion and mustard for serving (optional).
Let’s get started on that sweet and tasty marinade. In a large bowl, mix together one 12 oz can of root beer, corn starch, ground mustard, and caraway seeds. Whisk until the corn starch is fully combined into the soda pop mixture.
Next brown the brats in batches in a large skillet over medium heat. Keep in mind that you don’t want to cook them all the way through. We’re just searing the outsides to help keep in all of that juicy and delicious flavor! Now just what exactly is bratwurst you might ask? Bratwurst is a specific type of sausage link that originated in Germany. Typically it’s made with pork, beef, or sometimes even veal. If you don’t have bratwurst available you can use a typical run of the mill sausage as a substitute.
Add the Root Beer Brats to a 4-5 quart crockpot. Cover with chopped white or yellow onion, chili sauce and the root beer mixture. Cook covered, on low for 6-8 hours or until a meat thermometer reads at least 160 degrees. My crockpots always seem to cook on the hot side so 6 hours was plenty for me. I would recommend checking about 4 hours in so you can adjust the temperature as needed.
Grab a bun and a brat and you’re ready to eat! Spoon with chili sauce just before serving. Then add the toppings of your choice, like thinly sliced red onions or go the traditional route by adding a little mustard. You really can’t go wrong on this one! Dinner doesn’t get much easier than Root Beer Brats. Serve with our Slow-Cooked German Potato Salad or our Sweet and Tangy Macaroni Salad and you’ve got yourself a meal!
Slow-Cooker Root Beer Brats
- 1 can (12 ounces) root beer
- 3 tablespoons cornstarch
- 3 teaspoons ground mustard
- 3 teaspoons caraway seeds
- 10 uncooked bratwurst links
- 1 large onion, coarsely chopped
- 1 bottle (12 ounces) chili sauce
- 10 hoagie buns
- Thinly sliced red onion, for serving
- Prepared mustard, for serving
- Step 1 In a large bowl, mix together one 12 oz can of root beer, corn starch, ground mustard, and caraway seeds. Whisk until the corn starch is fully combined into the soda pop mixture.
- Step 2 Brown the brats in batches in a large skillet over medium heat. Do not cook all the way through.
- Step 3 Add the bratwurst to a 4-5 quart crockpot. Cover with chopped white or yellow onion, chili sauce and the root beer mixture. Cook covered, on low for 6-8 hours or until a meat thermometer reads at least 160 degrees.
- Step 4 Spoon with chili sauce just before serving. Add the toppings of your choice, like thinly sliced red onions or mustard. Enjoy!
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Have you ever tried making your own barbecue sauce? Well it’s easier than you think! Rhubarb-b-q Chicken Drumsticks are the perfect place to start. Fresh rhubarb and apricot preserves pair perfectly to create this surprising and unique flavor profile. It’s tangy and sweet, with just […]
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This is my all time favorite steak marinade for grilled steaks! I’ve shared this recipe with literally EVERYONE I know and now it’s time to share it with you! Now I must confess, I was never really a big steak eater. I was a total chicken, chicken, chicken, all day err day kind of girl……Until I discovered this ahh-mazing recipe!!! Really!! It made me an instant convert. Now I know what you hardcore steak eaters are thinking…steak is fine on its own. Who needs a steak marinade? But I’m telling you don’t knock it til you try it! It’s insanely good and packed with so much flavor, resulting in that melt in your mouth, gotta have it delicious, juicy, tender steak every time. And with Father’s Day coming up this Sunday I thought what better time to roll this one out?!? Dad’s got enough neckties and coffee mugs anyways. Give him what he really wants this year. A nice big, fat steak!
Here’s all you’ll need: steak cut of your choice (obvi!), olive oil, red wine vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, salt and pepper.
First in a large bowl or container combine the olive oil, red wine vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Yep! All the ingredients! Toss em all in there. Mix em all up! This recipe is seriously SO easy and you probably already have most of these ingredients on hand. I love it when that happens!!
Next add the steaks to the container and turn to coat. Seal and marinate overnight….or for 8 hours….I mean 4 hours….2 hours?!?…..whatever you have time for! Girl…I get it! Life gets busy!! Honestly if I was on my A-game I would probably toss these in the fridge in the morning and cook them at dinner time. Like I said, that is A-game. I’ve definitely made these on my B, C, D, F game and just tossed them on the grill too. It happens. So do whatever works for you! BUT…the longer the better!! We used NY Strip steaks (aka Sirloin steak) for the recipe, but by all means swap out for a flank steak, filet, T-bone, ribeye, or whatever cut you like.
Remove the steak from the fridge and let it sit, covered, at room temperature for about 20 minutes. Again this is in a perfect world people! Don’t stress if you don’t have the time. Grill on a preheated grill over medium heat for 10-12 minutes. And you’re going to have to throw a flip in there somewhere. Now I must warn you!! Since this steak marinade is oil based it has a tendency to flame up a bit. So keep a close and watchful eye! No worries though, just douse the flames with some water (or a can of beer) to put out the fire and keep grilling. But seriously if you don’t have a beer in your hand already, are you even really grilling????
If you’re really fancy you can bust out your meat thermometer and check for doneness. We are addicted to the iGrill2 Complete Master Kit with 4 Pro Meat Probes – Weber. We’ve gone through so many cheap and flimsy meat thermometers that I finally splurged and bought my hubby this over the top high tech one. It’s never steered us wrong and is always right on the money temp wise. Oh and did I mention it sends alerts to your phone?!? So you can keep an eye on your meat from literally anywhere!! It really is the coolest!! Here’s a list of your basic cooking temps for steak: medium rare (internal temp of 135), medium (internal temp of 140), medium well (internal temp of 150). Anything more than that and we can’t be friends anymore.
Voila! Could there even be anything more beautiful than that??? Pair with our Foil Packet Italian Veggies and you’ve really got yourself a meal!
MY ALL TIME FAVORITE STEAK MARINADE!
- 4 NY Strip Steaks (or cut of your choice)
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
- 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
- 1-1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 1 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoons pepper
- Step 1 In a large bowl or container combine the olive oil, red wine vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Mix well.
- Step 2 Place the steaks in a shallow container and turn to coat. Seal and marinate 4-8 hours (or as long as possible).
- Step 3 Remove the steak from the fridge and let it sit, covered, at room temperature for about 20 minutes.
- Step 4 Grill on a preheated grill over medium heat for 10-12 minutes or until desired doneness. Keep a watchful eye as this marinade has a tendency to flame up. Flip steaks half way through cooking time.
- Step 5 Cheat sheet for basic cooking temps for steak: medium rare (internal temp of 135), medium (internal temp of 140), medium well (internal temp of 150). Enjoy!!
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My husband LOVES himself a good classic macaroni salad! Mayo, onion, celery, tuna….there in lies our problem. I hate the smell of tuna! I can eat it if it’s mixed in, but I really don’t like to be around just straight up tuna if I […]