mac & cheese brat

Tailgating with Zippo Outdoor: Mac & Cheese Beer Brats

Bratwursts are a quintessential backyard and tailgating favorite. Grilling some brats and topping them with mustard, onions, sauerkraut and more is as American as a summertime tradition can get (just don’t tell the Germans). Brats soaked in beer have been a Wisconsin favorite since the arrival of German settlers to the Northland in the 1800’s. Damon’s recipe for Mac & Cheese Beer Brats with Mustard Slaw pays homage to the German heritage and delves deeper into America’s Dairyland by combining other Wisconsin classics, cheese, and beer, with this fantastic hand-held food.

This recipe is courtesy of Croix Valley Foods grillmaster Damon Holter. More can be found at www.CroixValleyFoods.com.

mac & cheese brat
Mac & Cheese Beer Brats
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Damon’s recipe for Mac & Cheese Beer Brats with Mustard Slaw pays homage to the German heritage and delves deeper into America’s Dairyland by combining other Wisconsin classics, cheese, and beer, with this fantastic hand-held food.
Servings Prep Time
12 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
12 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
mac & cheese brat
Mac & Cheese Beer Brats
Print Recipe
Damon’s recipe for Mac & Cheese Beer Brats with Mustard Slaw pays homage to the German heritage and delves deeper into America’s Dairyland by combining other Wisconsin classics, cheese, and beer, with this fantastic hand-held food.
Servings Prep Time
12 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
12 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. In a 6 quart stock pot, pour 2 bottles of beer and add macaroni and bratwurst. Add enough water to pot to cover brats and noodles.
  2. Bring to a boil and slightly reduce heat to prevent over-boiling. Stir occasionally and cook until pasta is el dente.
  3. Drain water, remove bratwurst and set aside for the grill.
  4. To make cheese sauce: In 2 quart sauce pan, add butter and onions and cook until onions become translucent. Stir in flour.
  5. Add milk and beer, and then cheeses, one at a time, stirring constantly until all cheeses melt and combine to form cheese sauce.
  6. Grill bratwurst on medium-high heat grill of about 375⁰F for 3-5 minutes per side or until bratwursts begin to get golden color. Remove from heat to assemble.
  7. Place Bratwurst on buns, top with mac ‘n cheese. Serve and enjoy!
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