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Root Beer Brats

Here's an easy recipe that's versatile, too. Serve the saucy brats over rice for one meal and have them on buns the next. For extra punch, add a splash of root beer concentrate to the sauce. —Pam Thompson, Girard, Illinois
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook:6 hours
  • Makes
    10 servings


  • 1 can (12 ounces) root beer
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3 teaspoons ground mustard
  • 3 teaspoons caraway seeds
  • 10 uncooked bratwurst links
  • 1 large onion, coarsely chopped
  • 1 bottle (12 ounces) chili sauce
  • 10 hoagie buns, toasted
  • Thinly sliced red onion, optional
  • Prepared mustard, optional


  • Whisk first 4 ingredients until blended. In a large nonstick skillet, brown bratwursts over medium-high heat. Transfer to a 4- or 5-qt. slow cooker. Add onion, chili sauce and root beer mixture.
  • Cook, covered, on low until a thermometer inserted in sausage reads at least 160°, 6-8 hours. Serve in buns. If desired, top with onion and mustard.
Nutrition Facts
1 serving: 563 calories, 30g fat (10g saturated fat), 63mg cholesterol, 1575mg sodium, 54g carbohydrate (16g sugars, 2g fiber), 20g protein.
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  • Bill Garrison Jr.
    Dec 20, 2019

    Wow !! GREAT flavor!! My 93-year-old dad who usually likes semi-spicy foods thought it was a little too spicy. I used just plain brats. However, I, who do not like Thai "spicy" foods really enjoyed this recipe! Could not really taste the root beer. However, it probably gave the brats a dark-color look (almost like moose meat). I found the resulting taste very flavorful. I used a popular Thai sweet chili sauce. Yes, you notice the heat a little, it kept you awake while eating it -- you do not doze off when eating this; but NOT over-powering heat at all. Really, really flavorful taste. I will do this again without reservation. I used just a touch of mustard on the final brat, and spooned just a little of the sauce inside the bun before serving. I used just half of a red onion. Yes, low-heat cook for 7 hours.

  • krox722
    Oct 19, 2019

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