Recipe: Grilled Bratwurst with Sauerkraut pairs with Good Earth Red

Adapted from Serious Eats, this recipe is a winemaker favorite!


12 ounces beer (almost any beer will do) or white wine

3 tablespoons whole grain mustard

1 (1-pound) package sauerkraut, rinsed and drained

2 pounds bratwurst sausages

Buns and mustard, for serving


  • Light a charcoal grill. When all charcoal is lit and covered with gray ash, arrange coals on one side of charcoal grate. Set cooking grate in place, cover grill, and allow to preheat for 5 minutes. Alternatively, set half the burners on a gas grill to the highest heat setting, cover, and preheat for 10 minutes. Clean the grilling grate.
  • Combine beer, mustard, and sauerkraut in a 10-inch square-disposable aluminum pan. (Alternatively, construct a tray out of a double layer of heavy-duty aluminum foil, 10 inches square, with sides about 2 inches high.) Stir until mustard is broken up and mixture is homogeneous. Nestle sausages into sauerkraut.
  • Place tray on hot side of grill and cook until simmering, about 4 minutes. Slide to cooler side of grill. Cover grill, with vents over bratwurst. Cook with all vents open until bratwurst register 140 to 145°F on an instant-read thermometer, about 20 minutes, turning once in the middle.
  • Remove lid. Using tongs, remove bratwurst from sauerkraut and place directly on cooking grate over hot side of grill. Cook, turning occasionally, until well browned and crisp, about 3 minutes total. Return to sauerkraut. Toast buns over hot side of grill, if desired. Serve bratwurst with buns, mustard, and sauerkraut from pan.