Sous Vide Beer-Braised Brats
Why This Recipe Works
Bratwursts and beer are a classic combination that need little introduction, but that's not to say that the beer-braised brat (a tailgating staple!) couldn't use a little help. To deliver juicy sausages infused with the right amount of beer flavor, we cook the brats sous vide with a mild lager and a little salt added to the bag. While the brats are swimming in the water bath, we brown some onions on the stovetop and then cook them down with a little whole-grain mustard plus more beer. Once the brats are cooked through, we give them a quick post–sous vide sear in a pan to crisp up and brown the exteriors. Loaded in sub rolls and topped with the beer-happy onions, these are better beer brats.