beer brats with pepper relish #SundaySupper

These Beer Brats with Pepper Relish are a fresh take on the traditional grilled brat, plus they’re a sure fire way to make Father’s Day dinner extra special.
Beer Brats with Pepper Relish by Jelly Toast

Happy Father’s Day!

For all of the amazing dads out there, this week’s Sunday Supper is a special one, just for you.  I’m blessed to have some pretty great dads in my life, including my very own dad as well as my wonderful husband – not to mention my brothers and brothers-in-law.

Around our house, as soon as the weather turns warm we break out the grill. Pretty much anything that can be cooked on the grill will get cooked on the grill for about the next 3 months. Everything tastes better grilled. Food takes on a slightly smokey, charred flavor that can only be considered awesome.

Awesome smokey goodness.

Beer Brats with Pepper Relish by Jelly ToastThis year for Father’s Day, I thought it would be fun to cook up some beer brats with tangy and colorful pepper relish. I picked up a bag of mini peppers at the store last week because they were too dang cute to pass up. A quick and easy pickling turned these bright peppers into a beautiful pepper relish that went perfectly with the smokey, grilled beer brats.

I love cooking fresh brats in beer before throwing them on the grill. Have you ever tried it? First, it helps ensure that the brats are fully cooked and therefore reduces grilling time. Second, it imparts fabulous flavor deep into the brat that screams summer cookout. Pop these grilled brats into toasted hoagie buns that are smeared with spicy brown mustard. Finish them off with a generous helping of pepper relish and you have yourself a cook out fit for a king!

For the king of your house, at least.

Beer Brats with Pepper Relish by Jelly Toast

Happy Father’s Day!

Beer Brats with Pepper Relish Recipe

Yield: 6 servings


25 mini bell peppers, sliced into rings
1 cup boiling water
1 cup cider vinegar
1/2 cup sugar
2 tsp mustard seeds
1/4 tsp celery seed
1 tsp salt
6 fresh brats
1 bottle of beer (use whatever kind you like best)
3 cups water (or enough to cover the brats)
hot dog rolls for serving
spicy brown mustard for serving


Place pepper rings in a large, heat proof bowl. Pour boiling water over pepper rings and let stand for about 5 minutes or until peppers are beginning to become tender. Drain.

Add vinegar, sugar, mustard seeds, celery seeds and salt to a small saucepan set over medium heat. Stir until mixture comes to a low simmer and sugar dissolves completely. Add pepper rings and cook until liquid is reduced by half. Transfer to a mason jar and set aside.

Place brats in a large pot and pour in beer and three cups of water (or enough to cover the brats). Bring to a boil and cook until brats are cooked through. Drain. Grill brats over medium high heat on an outdoor or indoor grill or until outsides of brats golden brown. Top with pepper relish and spicy mustard. Enjoy!


Extra relish can be refrigerated for up to 5 days.
Pepper relish recipe adapted from Epicurious
June 15th, 2014

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54 Responses to “beer brats with pepper relish #SundaySupper”

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  6. Nichole C — June 15, 2014 @ 8:36 am (#)

    We grill all summer at our house, but have never made brats with beer. I am sooo adding this to a meal for the mister to try!

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  12. Liz — June 15, 2014 @ 10:45 am (#)

    We love brats around here…and now I MUST try them with your gorgeous pepper relish!

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  16. MealDiva — June 15, 2014 @ 11:12 am (#)

    I love how you cooked these in beer before grilling them! Sounds delicious! I love your “man food” recipe!

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  18. Shannon @VillageGirlBlog — June 15, 2014 @ 11:17 am (#)

    Im pretty sure that I would put that pepper relish on just about everything… serious Yum!

  19. Laura — June 15, 2014 @ 11:29 am (#)

    Oh wow this looks like a great BBQ relish. I know a lot of things hubby would use this with, will have to make some for the next BBQ. We too grill as often as possible during the summer.

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  22. Marlene @Nosh My Way — June 15, 2014 @ 12:31 pm (#)

    I can’t remember the last time I had a brat, but I love the addition of your homemade pepper relish. YUM

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  26. Tara — June 15, 2014 @ 3:11 pm (#)

    I love everything about this and I know hubby would too, “have to try recipe”!!!

  27. Sarah — June 15, 2014 @ 3:53 pm (#)

    That relish is calling my name!

  28. Marion@Life Tastes Good — June 15, 2014 @ 4:32 pm (#)

    What a great idea to cook them in beer first! I’ll have to try that out. Thanks for the tip! pinned!!

  29. Shaina — June 15, 2014 @ 4:53 pm (#)

    I love that pepper relish! This is a great dish for Father’s Day…grilling anything that’s been soaked in beer sounds good to me!

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  32. susan @ the wimpy vegetarian — June 15, 2014 @ 6:39 pm (#)

    Beer brats are the best!!!! GREAT idea for the perfect man food!

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  34. Kim (Feed Me, Seymour) — June 15, 2014 @ 10:03 pm (#)

    I love beer brats with all my heart. The idea of topping them with pepper relish is fantastic!

  35. laurasmess — June 16, 2014 @ 12:54 am (#)

    Gorgeous post Emily! It’s not Father’s Day over here (in Australia) but I’m loving this round up of man food! I hope that the men in your life enjoy a beautiful Father’s Day… this is a gorgeous celebratory meal! I’m definitely going to try this for my husband, he’d adore it xx

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  37. Simply Gourmet — June 16, 2014 @ 11:28 am (#)

    Oh I am lovin’ this recipe. We eat a lot of brats too. The thought to add beer to the cooking of the brat never crossed my mind. Thanks for the idea. Man Food never looked better.

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  39. Martin D. Redmond — June 16, 2014 @ 2:37 pm (#)

    Nothing like a good brat loaded with goodies! Yours looks amazing!

    • Emily — June 16, 2014 @ 9:28 pm (#)

      Thanks so much, Martin!

  40. Serena | Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch — June 16, 2014 @ 4:57 pm (#)

    Love these! Such easy man food!

  41. Nancy @ gottagetbaked — June 16, 2014 @ 7:56 pm (#)

    I’ve never heard of boiling brats in beer before but now I really want to give it a try! I looooooove grilling too and will be doing so as much as humanly possible in the next three months. I love these photos – the styling is fabulous and the use of the newspaper is really cool. I suddenly have an intense craving for a hot dog…

  42. Danielle Nichols — June 16, 2014 @ 9:34 pm (#)

    omgosh!! I love the idea of cooking the brats in beer first! Yummers!!

    • Emily — June 18, 2014 @ 11:12 pm (#)

      It’s great because you can use whatever beer you like!

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  44. Cindys Recipes and Writings — June 17, 2014 @ 6:32 pm (#)

    Very manly, Emily!

    • Emily — June 18, 2014 @ 11:09 pm (#)

      Thank you, Cindy!!

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  46. Renee — June 21, 2014 @ 12:38 pm (#)

    The men might want to step aside because I’d be running to the table to get this feast. Love me some brats and that homemade pepper relish looks heavenly.

  47. Bobbi's Kozy Kitchen — June 22, 2014 @ 6:09 pm (#)

    Sausage + beer + peppers = the perfect man food meal!!

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