This is the perfect party food: They're small, so everyone can try one. They've got a great flavor, with just enough spiciness. And they're addictive. The recipe does require you to get started a day ahead, but it's well worth the time.
- 2 1/2 pounds bratwurst, in casings
- 1 onion, sliced thin
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 cans or bottles of beer
- 3 tbsp brown sugar
- 2 tbsp cornstarch
- Either 1 cup of horseradish mustard or 3/4 cup brown mustard and 1/4 cup creamy horseradish
- 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tsp dry mustard
- 5-8 dashes of hot sauce
Grill brats until browned outside but not cooked all the way through. Allow to cool for 15 minutes or more, then cut into quarters.
Saute the onions (in a soup pot or dutch oven) in the olive oil, then add the beer and the brats. Heat to boiling, then reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes.
Combine the remaining ingredients and add that to the brat mixture. Simmer for another half hour.
Remove from heat, cool and refrigerate overnight.
The next day, reheat the mixture over low heat until warmed through, then transfer to a slow cooker. At this point you can check the flavor and add ingredients to taste. Cook on low for 4 hours.