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Beer-Simmered Bratwurst with Onions and Red Cabbage Sauerkraut

Serves: 8

Red Cabbage Sauerkraut
1 ½ cups red wine vinegar
1 cup water
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon whole mustard seeds
2 cloves garlic, peeled and thinly sliced
1 large head red cabbage, thinly shredded
Salt and freshly ground pepper

Heat grill to high. Place vinegar, water and sugar in a large high sided sauté pan or a Dutch oven and cook until the sugar has melted. Add the remaining ingredients, lower the heat heat to medium, cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until the cabbage is soft, about 20 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

Beer-Simmer Bratwurst
2 large onions, peeled and thinly sliced
3 cloves garlic, peeled
3 pounds precooked bratwurst, pricked with a fork
6 bottles dark beer
2 cups water
1 teaspoon coriander seeds
1 teaspoon caraway seeds
1 teaspoon mustard seeds
1-inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
Red Cabbage Sauerkraut
Sweet & Hot German mustard
Spicy Brown Mustard
Hot dog buns or hoagie buns

1. Preheat grill to high. Put the onions and garlic in a large stockpot, add the bratwurst the beer, water, coriander, caraway, mustard and bring to a simmer. Simmer the sausages in the mixture for about 15 minutes. Cover and let the bratwurst sit in the liquid for 30 minutes. 
2.Remove the sausages with a pair of tongs to a platter. Remove the onions with a slotted spoon and place in a bowl. Grill the sausages until the casings are crisp and golden brown about 3-4 minutes per side. Serve the bratwurst on the buns with the onions, mustard and sauerkraut, if desired. 

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