Big Ol' Beer Brat Sub

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 45 min
  • Prep: 25 min
  • Cook: 20 min
  • Yield: 8 servings
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2 12-ounce cans lager or pilsner beer

3 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and sliced

1 onion, sliced 

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper 

4 fresh bratwurst sausages

6 ounces Velveeta, cubed

1 tablespoon chopped pickled jalapenos

2 teaspoons dijon mustard

1 24-inch baguette

2 cups sauerkraut, drained


  1. Preheat a grill to medium high. Combine the beer, apples, onion, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Add the brats and simmer, stirring occasionally, until cooked through, 10 to 15 minutes. Strain the brats, reserving 1 cup of the poaching liquid. Brown the poached brats on the grill, turning, 5 to 6 minutes.
  2. Make the beer-cheese sauce: Combine the Velveeta, 3/4 cup of the reserved poaching liquid, the pickled jalapenos and mustard in a small saucepan over low heat. Cook, stirring constantly, until melted and combined. Add more poaching liquid if you want to thin the sauce. Keep warm.
  3. Sandwich build: Split the baguette in half lengthwise and lightly toast on the grill. Halve the brats lengthwise and layer them on the baguette bottom. Top with the sauerkraut, a drizzle of the beer-cheese sauce and the baguette top. Cut into individual sandwiches and serve with the remaining beer-cheese sauce.
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