Today is the final day of #HotSummerEats! This week has flown by and I loved getting to create all kinds of new recipes for this blogging event!
Being from Green Bay, Wisconsin summer is not summer with out grilled brats. Brats a a big thing in our area and we grill them almost every other weekend, and you never see a grocery store with out charity brat fry every Saturday! Many of the meat markets in the area specialize with their own secret recipes for brats. Everyone has their own cooking method, but my favorite is a short beer bath followed by grilling over an open flame- char is the best part and gives the best flavor. I opted to make a little spicy mustard and sauerkraut with my brat and it was fantastic. I loved that added spice and the sauerkraut is always a tasty and traditional topper to a brat.
Gourmet Garden was kind enough to send participants 17 different herb products (stir-in pastes and lightly dried) for this challenge. I was lucky enough to work Gourmet Garden's product in two previous blog challenges and was thrilled to have a chance to work with the product again. They are so generous and their products are amazing! Gourmet Garden sent bloggers 12 stir-in pastes and 5 lightly dried herbs. I love love the lightly dried herbs because they last 4 weeks after they are opened and keep a great fresh flavor. Check them out of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!
The Intensity Academy was kind enough to send me a bottle of Garlic Goodness Hot Sauce. Intensity Academy is a Florida based, all natural, gourmet and hot sauce company. In the past 5 years, Intensity Academy has won 53 awards for this tasty creations. I love trying different hot sauces and knew this sauce would be a great topper for my brat. I love that they provide a little bit of spice to the mustard and the garlic worked perfectly with the grilled sausage. Check out Intensity Academy on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!
This week has given all kinds of amazing recipes to try, and great products from our sponsors (both products mentioned above are in the prize pack)! Don't forget to enter the Rafflecopter below (or click here to learn more about the prize pack!) and check out my fellow blogger's delicious recipes! Thank you for joining me celebrate #HotSummerEats! Special thanks go to Camilla of Culinary Adventures with Camilla for working her butt off to make this a successful and fun event! Camilla- all of your hard work and time is soooo appreciated by everyone! Another big thank you is to our fantastic sponsors for making the event possible- you rock!
1 beer bottle (I like to use an ale)
3 cups water
1/4 cup stone ground mustard
1 Tbl Gourmet Garden Chunky Garlic Stir-In Paste
1 tsp Garlic Goodness Hot Sauce
2 cups sauerkraut, warmed
In a small bowl, whisk together mustard, garlic and hot sauce. Set aside.
Place brats in a medium pot. Cover with beer and water. Bring to simmer and cook for about 4-5 minutes. Remove from heat and take brats out of the pot and place on a dry plate.
Heat grill to medium heat and place brats on the grill. Cook for about 7-8 minutes rotating frequently. Brats should reach an internal temperature of 170 degrees. Remove brats from grill. Place in buns and top with mustard and warm sauerkraut.