Chili Pepper Madness

June 26, 2016

Quick Summer Brat Party

Quick Summer Brat Party Quick Summer Brat Party

Last minute bbq? No worries! Grill up brats and top them with these three easy-to-make toppings for a delicious and stress-free party.

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Summer is here – BIG YAY! – and we couldn’t be more excited. We’re TOTALLY summer people. Give us a beach or a lake and some warm weather and we are in our natural element. Summer means FUN! Summer means grilling! Summer means parties!

We also LOVE parties. Parties can be broken into two very specific categories: Planned and Spontaneous. This is a huge deal for a person like me who likes to cook because it affects the menu choices. If I have time to plan, I can mull over the menu a bit, let some sauces simmer on the stove for hours, let flavors mingle in the refrigerator, and whatever else I need to do. Pretty much the opposite of spontaneous.

You can plan up your backyard barbecue parties as much as you want, but oftentimes for us, parties break out randomly. We’ll wake up on a beautiful sunny Sunday morning and say, “Hey, let’s have a barbecue!” We live in a big friendly neighborhood, and some days the gatherings can break out at a moment’s notice. “So what do you think? Weather is great. Wanna have a cookout? Sure!”

It’s nice to have such flexibility and a community of friends and neighbors who enjoy hanging out together. The thing is, if you want to have that flexibility, you need to be able to produce good food in a hurry. That’s why we love brats. Brats are one of our summer staples. Most of our family lives in Illinois and Wisconsin, and you better believe brats are on the menu as often as possible. We go with Johnsonville brats.

Quick Summer Brat Party with Johnsonville Brats

They’re only a quick trip to the store away and they always taste great, so they’re a no-brainer for your quick brat party. Go ahead, zip on down to your local grocery store and grab a couple packs. We’ll be right here. You only need a few more ingredients to get your toppings ready.

In order to have a Quick Summer Brat Party, you need toppings that can be put together in a hurry. Sure, you can bust out the typical condiments, your standard mustards and ketchups, but we’re Chili Pepper Madness here, people! We want more! We want flavor! We want toppings worthy of scooping over a Johnsonville brat. And you know what? We want variety, too, so we’re including three different topping recipes that can be made in practically no time. Most of your time will be spent chopping, with a little mixing, and you only need to heat one of them up for 15 minutes or so. When we said quick, we meant quick!

They are…

Fresh Chili-Pineapple Salsa

Fresh Chili-Pineapple Salsa

Crunchy Apple-Pepper Mustard Slaw

Crunchy Apple-Pepper Mustard Slaw

Quick Pickled Peppers and Onions

Quick Pickled Peppers and Onions

You can send your loved one down for brats and buns while you get these toppings ready. Get creative! Tell your friends or neighbors to bring the side dishes and drinks, and you’ll supply the brats with awesome toppings that will have them reaching for more. Once they try your summer brat party fare, they’ll lament the day they’re stuck with plain old condiments again.

Toss those babies on the grill! I like to get a nice sear on them first on the grates, then transfer them to a pan or aluminum tray with either beer or water to allow them to cook.

Quick Summer Brat Party

So delicious, and they cook up quite quickly. Quick summer brat barbecue party! This is good for 10 brats, so plan accordingly if your party is larger. Serve them up plain with the toppings on the side and let people build their own.

Quick Summer Brat Party

Or top them all and carry them out and see which ones go first. Enjoy!

Quick Summer Brat Party

Quick Summer Brat Party

Quick Summer Brat Party – Chili Pepper Madness Style

Ingredients

  • 2 packages Johnsonville brats (10 brats)
  • 10 brat buns for serving – or slice up a French loaf like we did
  • Fresh Chili-Pineapple Salsa
  • Crunchy Apple-Pepper Mustard Slaw
  • Quick Pickled Peppers and Onions – recipe below

Cooking Directions

  1. Heat your grill to medium heat and lightly oil the grates.
  2. Add the brats and grill until browned, about 5 minutes, turning them often.
  3. Spray a skillet with cooking spray and add to the grill. Reduce heat to medium-low.
  4. Transfer the brats to the skillet and add ½ cup water or a light beer.
  5. Cover and simmer for 12 minutes or until cooked through. The brats should reach an internal temperature of 170 degrees.
  6. Remove and allow to rest a couple minutes.
  7. Set into buns and top with your prepared toppings.

Fresh Chili-Pineapple Salsa

Ingredients

  • 1 cup diced pineapple
  • 2 serrano chili peppers, diced
  • ½ white onion, diced
  • 1 juicy tomato, diced
  • Juice from 1 lime
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro
  • Salt to taste

Cooking Directions

  1. Add all ingredients to a mixing bowl. Toss.
  2. Taste and adjust for salt as needed. Serve!

Crunchy Apple-Pepper Mustard Slaw

Ingredients

  • 1 green apple, cored and sliced into matchsticks
  • 1 large sweet pepper, sliced into matchsticks
  • 1-2 smaller spicy peppers (use fingerling or serrano), sliced into matchsticks
  • ¼ cup spicy brown mustard – I used my own homemade 7-Pot IPA mustard. Yum!
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • Pinch of salt

Cooking Directions

  1. In a large bowl, add apple and sliced peppers.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together mustard and vinegar. Pour over the apple-pepper mixture and season with salt. Serve.

Quick Pickled Peppers and Onions

Ingredients

  • 1-2 large sweet peppers, chopped
  • 1 medium white onion, chopped
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • Pinch of salt

Cooking Directions

  1. Set all the ingredients into a small pan and heat. Bring to a quick boil then reduce heat.
  2. Simmer 15 minutes, then remove from heat. Cool and serve.

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