Tailgate season is right around the corner! If you need to take your party to the next level, then this smokey Chipotle Mustard Beer Brats recipe full of intense flavor is guaranteed to make the opposing team drool with envy!
College football season starts in about two weeks and I am so ready for cooler weather, warm sweaters, and obnoxiously good tailgate recipes. We live in Buckeye country amongst some of the most diehard football fans. Oh, who am I kidding, they are THE most diehard fans imaginable. And we love every minute of it!
Chipotle Mustard Beer Brats Recipe
Last weekend I whipped up a practice round of this Chipotle Mustard Beer Brats recipe in anticipation of our first official midwest tailgate experience at the end of the month. The weather in Columbus has been gorgeous so Paul and I loaded up our new Coleman cooler, grabbed a few outdoor essentials, and headed for a nearby park to enjoy lunch.
The great thing about this recipe is you can prep your brats ahead of time, then finish them off by simmering in the chipotle mustard sauce the day of your tailgate. I topped the brats with a spicy ranch dressing and chopped cilantro. A perfect compliment to the tangy sauce!
I’ve been going nonstop since before our Chicago trip so it was really helpful to order our Coleman tailgate gear from Walmart.com. The in-store pickup option was perfect because I also needed to shop for the ingredients to make this recipe. They also offer free two-day shipping if that fits your situation better. Learn more about the Coleman Collection tailgate bundles here.
So this Chipotle Mustard Beer Brats Sliders recipe came about because I polled my FB friends asking what everyone’s favorite tailgate food its. The responses ranged from a good Blood Mary to sausages with onions and peppers. In fact we had a lively discuss about the best way to prepare beer brats.
The secret is to grill your brats FIRST, then simmer them in beer with onions and such. Naturally the whole idea needed my signature southwest spin! I make a mean Chipotle Michaleda so I know the chipotle – beer combo works. Mustard gives it tanginess and a touch of honey balances it all out.
I kept things simple by simmering the brats with onions in the sauce. The longer it bubbles along, the richer the sauce will be. You could also make this recipe in a slow cooker for your homegating parties. These mini sub rolls are the perfect size for half a brat and really made it easier to eat these guys. Next time I want to slice the brats into pieces and serve on skewers, the perfect tailgate small bites!
What are you most looking forward to this tailgate season?
Chipotle Mustard Beer Brats Recipe
- 2 large sweet onions thinly sliced root to stem
- 3 tbsp butter
- 1/4 cup diced chipotle peppers in adobo sauce -for less heat use only adobo sauce
- 3 tbsp spicy brown mustard
- 2 tbsp yellow mustard
- 2-3 tbsp honey adjust for desired tanginess
- 2 cloves garlic finely grated
- 8 bratwurst sausages
- 1+ cups beer of choice
- Salt and peper to taste
- Buns for serving
- 1/2 cup ranch dressing
- 1/2 tbsp Cayenne pepper
- 3-4 dashes Hot sauce
- Chopped cilantro for garnish
- Melt butter in a large skillet or Dutch oven over medium low heat. Add onions, cook for 10 minutes stirring occasionally.
- Stir chipotle peppers, mustards, honey, and garlic. Cook 4-5 minutes. Add 1/2 cup beer, stir to combine.
- Preheat grill or grill pan to medium high heat. Add brats, sear 2-3 minutes on each side.
- Place brats in skillet with onion mixture. Add enough beer to just cover brats.
- Simmer for 15-20 minutes until brats are cooked through and sauce reduces.
- In a small bowl combine ranch dressing, cayenne pepper, and hot sauce. Adjust seasonings for desired heat level.
- Serve on toasted buns with caramelized onions, spicy ranch, and chopped cilantro.