German Bratwurst and Sauerkraut
The German bratwurst is the cornerstone of every German-American Oktoberfest and just the right meal to go with an authentic stein filled with tasteful beer. Otto takes a classical approach to one of the most German meals in existence: He grills his spiral sausage on the Otto Grill and serves it with a traditional German sauerkraut refined by bay leaves and juniper berries. In just a few seconds, the perfectly grilled bratwurst is ready to serve. Welcome to Otto’s Oktoberfest!
Ingredients for four people
- 8 Spiral sausages or regular bratwurst
- 1 Jar of mild wine sauerkraut
- 2 Bay leaves
- 1 Tbsp. juniper berries
- 1 Onion
- 1 Tsp. concentrated butter
- 4/5ths Cup of beef or vegetable broth
- Fresh sourdough bread
Sauerkraut–perfect side for the brats
For the German sauerkraut, dice the onions finely and fry them in concentrated butter until translucent. Wash mild wine sauerkraut, drain it, slightly pull it apart and place it in a large pot. Add onions, the broth, the bay leaves and the juniper berries. Season with salt and pepper to taste and let the homemade sauerkraut simmer for about 15 min at a low temperature. If you like, you can also add some caraway seeds to the German sauerkraut.
Cooking the best bratwurst on the Otto Grill
Preheat the Otto Grill onto 1500°F for three minutes. Then insert the grill rack with the spiral sausage on it and set the Meat-o-Meter to level 5. Of course, you can also put any other sausage on the grill. It doesn’t have to be a spiral one.
Grilling a German bratwurst to perfection
It’s easier than it sounds, because on the Otto grill, you’ll have a perfectly grilled bratwurst in only a matter of seconds. That’s why a brat from the Otto Grill is ideal for a quick weeknight or game day dinner. Pick a low to medium temperature and rotate the German bratwurst a few times until it is evenly brown on all sides.
Serve the Brats
Serve the grilled bratwurst with the German sauerkraut and a dab of mustard. You can also load it all up on a soft roll and add some pickles if you like. That makes it a very special German Hotdog. Don’t forget about the beer, though. It’s Oktoberfest!