Brats with Jalapeño-Green Apple Kraut


Bratwursts are a traditional summer treat. Amp up your next summer event by serving our Brats with Jalapeno-Green Apple Kraut!

Brats jalapeno-Green Apple Sauerkraut
Photo: Scott Little
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Grill Time:
3 mins
Total Time:
33 mins
6 sandwiches


  • 6 uncooked bratwursts (about 1-1/4 pounds total)

  • 3 cup apple juice or apple cider

  • cup apple jelly

  • 1 8 ounce can sauerkraut, drained

  • 1 tart green apple, cored and cut into thin bite-size pieces

  • 2 - 3 fresh jalapeño chile peppers, seeded and cut into thin strips

  • 6 bratwurst or hot dog buns, split and toasted


  1. Use the tines of a fork to pierce the skin of each bratwurst several times. In a Dutch oven combine bratwursts and apple juice. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, about 20 minutes or until bratwursts are no longer pink and juices run clear (160°F); drain.

  2. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan melt apple jelly over low heat. In a medium bowl combine 2 tablespoons of the melted jelly, the sauerkraut, apple pieces, and chile peppers. Set aside remaining melted jelly to brush on bratwursts.

  3. Fold a 30x18-inch piece of heavy foil in half to make a 15x18-inch rectangle. Mound sauerkraut mixture in center of foil. Bring up two opposite edges of foil; seal with a double foil. Fold remaining edges to completely enclose sauerkraut mixture, leaving space for steam to build.

  4. For a charcoal grill, grill bratwursts and foil packet on the rack of an uncovered grill directly over medium coals for 3 to 7 minutes or until bratwursts are brown, turning bratwursts and foil packet once halfway through grilling and brushing bratwursts with the reserved melted jelly during the last 2 minutes of grilling. (For a gas grill, preheat grill. Reduce heat to medium. Place bratwursts and foil packet on grill rack over heat. Cover; grill as directed.)

  5. Serve bratwursts in toasted buns topped with sauerkraut mixture.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

737 Calories
48g Fat
42g Carbs
34g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 737
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 48g 62%
Saturated Fat 21g 105%
Cholesterol 101mg 34%
Sodium 2014mg 88%
Total Carbohydrate 42g 15%
Total Sugars 15g
Protein 34g
Vitamin C 10mg 50%
Calcium 90.9mg 7%
Iron 4.1mg 23%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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