Pittsburgh Style Beer Brats are a hometown summertime favorite, best enjoyed with an ice cold Yuengling Light Lager. This post is sponsored by our friends at Smithfield®. All our opinions are our own
Fire up the grill, slather on the sunscreen, and get ready for a spectacular summertime treat! With the help of our friends at Smithfield, we’re cooking up a Pittsburgh-style summer feast, ideal for a backyard barbecue, featuring beer brats that will make your mouth water and your taste buds sing.
We are beer and brats kind of people. It may be our shared German ancestry, coupled with our Midwestern upbringing that makes us weak in the knees at the thought of sausage and beer. This classic combination is not just the basis for a good meal. For us it means a celebration: picnic tables, large groups of friends and family, singing, storytelling, and maybe even a dance or two. That’s why we could not be more excited to create a meal using Smithfield’s limited edition Craft Collection™ Yuengling® Bratwurst. This incredibly delicious bratwurst is infused with Yuengling Lager and made with premium cuts of pork and a special blend of sweet and savory spices. Brats and beer all in one. It doesn’t get much better than that. We are planning a summer cookout in our hometown of Pittsburgh, and you’re invited. We picked up some Smithfield Yuengling Bratwurst at our local Kroger banner store, and we’ve packed up the cooler with plenty of Yuengling Light Lager to go with them. You can always find Yuengling Light in our fridge. It is our “go-to” beer for many reasons. Its rich, well-balanced flavor pairs easily with just about anything, and even though it is low in calories it is not short on character. Not to mention, Yuengling is America’s oldest brewery, located in our “backyard” of Pottsville, PA. Both Yuengling and Smithfield (located in Smithfield, VA) are brands that are grounded in tradition, sharing a pride for their small-town heritage. They have a deep appreciation for quality, flavor, and family: values we celebrate in every recipe we make at Superman Cooks.
For our Pittsburgh Style Beer Brats celebration, Keith got the party started by grilling the beer brats and serving them on toasted buns (hot-dog style), just like the kind you would find at PNC Park. He topped them with a braised cabbage, infused with vinegar and spices (a modern approach to sauerkraut), some hard grain mustard, and sautéed onions and peppers. And just so you have no doubt about what inspired this delicious creation, we rounded out this fantastic summer plate with some classic mini pierogis. In this town, pierogis are a way of life. No truly Pittsburg meal is complete without them, and we love the way their comforting potato flavor complements our beer brat feast. This meal is all about summer. It’s about gathering friends and family and enjoying the flavors of life. We can’t think of a better way to spend a sunny weekend afternoon than at a long picnic table, surrounded by friends, enjoying some beer, brats and conversation. This is a celebration of our rich and colorful heritage, in a way that is unequivocally uniquely our own. We treasure our family traditions and our hometown traditions, and we happily raise an ice-cold glass of Yuengling to the long days of summer.
- Be sure to head to a Kroger, Food4Less, Ralphs, or Dillon store near you to pick up Smithfield Yuengling Bratwurst.
- Use this coupon to save $1.00 when you buy 1 Smithfield Yuengling Bratwurst.
- 2 Smithfield Yuengling Lager Bratwursts
- 2 sausage rolls
- FOR THE SAUERKRAUT:
- 2 C shredded Cabbage
- ¼ vegetable oil
- ¼ C white sugar
- ¼ C white vinegar
- 1 tbsp. kosher salt
- pinch sesame seeds
- pinch of garlic powder
- pinch of poppy seeds
- Spicy brown mustard
- Diced green onions
- 12 pierogies
- In a large sauce pan, place cabbage, oil and 1 C water. Cook over medium high heat stirring often. Add water as needed to keep it from browning. Continue to cook this for 10-15 minutes until cabbage has a very slight crisp bite. Make sure most of water is removed and add vinegar and sugar and cook over medium low heat for 5 minutes.
- Add remaining spices and remove from heat and allow to cool at room temperature.
- Grill brats according to package directions,
- Assemble sausage on bun and top with cabbage mixture and brown mustard.
- Serve with pierogies topped with cabbage mixture and diced green onions.