Chili, Beer-Cheese Sauce & Jalapeño Topped Brats

The end of summer is here! Say farewell with a spicy and cheesy spin on a classic BBQ favorite.

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Prep: 20 minutes   Grill: 10 minutes   Serves: 4


  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • ½ yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup lager beer
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • ¾ cup shredded mild Cheddar cheese
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 4 bratwurst sausages
  • 4 hot dog buns
  • 1¼ cups mild chili with no beans, warmed
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, thinly sliced crosswise


  1. Prepare outdoor grill for direct grilling over medium-high heat.
  2. In medium saucepan, melt butter over medium heat; add ¼ cup onion and cook 3 minutes or until softened, stirring occasionally. Whisk in flour; cook 1 minute, whisking constantly.  Reduce heat to low; cook 1 minute, whisking occasionally. Increase heat to medium; whisk in beer and cook 2 minutes or until reduced by ¼, whisking occasionally. Add garlic and cream; cook 3 minutes or until thickened, whisking frequently. Remove from heat; gradually whisk in cheese until smooth. Whisk in mustard and pepper until smooth; cover to keep warm. Makes about 1¼ cups.
  3. Place brats on hot grill rack; cover and cook 10 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 160°, turning once.
  4. Serve brats in buns topped with chili, Beer-Cheese Sauce, jalapeño and remaining onion.

Approximate nutritional values per serving (1 brat): 743 Calories, 52g Fat (23g Saturated), 143mg Cholesterol, 1434mg Sodium, 33g Carbohydrates, 1g Fiber, 5g Sugars, 32g Protein