Bacon, Mustard & Sauerkraut Brats

Bacon, Mustard & Sauerkraut Brats

Bacon, Mustard & Sauerkraut Brats


8 servings


  • ¼ pound smoked bacon, diced
  • ½ yellow onion, julienned
  • 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • ½ teaspoons caraway seeds
  • 1 pound fresh sauerkraut
  • 6 ounces lager beer
  • 1 bay leef
  • 1 jar Lost Capital Mustard
  • 2 packages L&B Fresh Classic Bratwurst
  • 1 cup shredded Swiss cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
  • 8 brat buns


  1. In a medium saucepan, cook the bacon over medium-low heat until crisp, 7 to 10 minutes. Drain off all but about 3 tablespoons of the bacon fat and reserve the rest for later. Leave the bacon in the pan.

  2. Add the onions and garlic and sauté until the onion is tender, about 5 minutes.

  3. Stir in the caraway seeds and cook for 1 more minute.

  4. Add in the sauerkraut, beer, bay leaf and 1 tablespoon of Lost Capital Mustard and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Reduce the heat to low and cook for 1 hour.

  5. With 20 minutes remaining, heat the oven to 350 F. 

  6. Heat a cast-iron pan to medium-high heat and cook the bratwurst, turning occasionally, until the internal temperature reaches 150 F on an instant-read thermometer.  

  7. With a small, sharp knife, slice the sausages lengthwise about two-thirds of the way down so you can fold them open. 

  8. Wipe out the cast-iron pan, pour in about 2 tablespoons of reserved bacon fat, and bring the pan to medium-high heat. Sear the sausages in the bacon fat, cut-side down, for about 5 minutes until they are golden brown and crispy. 

  9. Transfer the bratwurst to a sheet pan, cut-side up, and sprinkle each one with about 2 tablespoons of Swiss cheese. Put the buns on the sheet pan cut-side up, and then slide the pan in the oven until the cheese melts, about 3 minutes.

  10. Remove the sauerkraut mixture from the heat and stir in the chives.

  11. Place the bratwursts inside the toasted buns, and top each with 2 to 3 tablespoons of the sauerkraut-and-bacon mixture and 1 tablespoon of Lost Capital Mustard. Serve hot.

* Recipes created for given quantity. Changes to quantities are for planning purposes only and have not been tested.