Build-your-own Brat Bar

Have you ever tried the Chief Smokehouse Brats? If not, then what are you waiting for??! Get yourself to the nearest Chief store and pick up a package. PicMonkey Collage.jpg To be honest, I was a brat-hater until last summer. We had people over for a cook-out, and I decided to pick up some brats to go along with the burgers. I managed to take a taste, and I was converted! The Chief Smokehouse brats are like no other. Juicy & crisp, they are handmade with hand-cut premium beef, pork and poultry in a smokehouse in Celina. They're delivered fresh to each store within 24 hours of being made. Smokehouse_Logo2012 They cook up super quickly on the grill, making them a great weeknight dinner option. I've got a couple ways to jazz up the basic brat today - wouldn't it be fun to have a build-your-own-brat bar for your next cook-out or gathering? Option 1: Fried Peppers & Onions I was first introduced to this brat topping by my husband's family. It's the only way they eat brats! Simply fry up some sliced green peppers & onions in some olive oil until they're tender. IMG_6861 IMG_6864 Option 2: Guacamole Creamy guacamole with the snappy casing of the brat makes an excellent combination. You can pick up a tub of ready-made guacamole in the deli section, or make a 'lazy man's' guacamole. I simply mashed up an avocado with a bit of lime juice, salt, and fresh ground pepper. (If you're feeling domestic, you could even make up a batch of Mango Guacamole.) IMG_6859 IMG_6868 Option 3: Apple Slaw I've seen lots of variations of coleslaw-topped burgers and pulled pork sandwiches, so I thought, "why wouldn't it work with a brat?" And it did! Of course, you could pick up a pint of deli-made coleslaw, but I decided to whip up a quick batch myself. This version is a vinegar-based coleslaw, with the addition of crisp, sweet apple slices. IMG_6860 First, whip together the dressing - Miracle Whip, olive oil, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, and salt & pepper to taste. Then pour the dressing over a bowl of cabbage mix, julienned apple slices, and diced green onions. Let it sit in the fridge for an hour or two before serving. Bonus part about this recipe - now you have a side dish as well! IMG_6866 While the brats are great with any of the above toppings, sometimes you can't beat a good ole' classic - lots and lots of ketchup! IMG_6869 ---

Fried Peppers & Onions

Yield: tops 4-5 brats

  • 1 green bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 Vidalia onion, sliced
  • 1-2 tablespoons olive oil

Heat olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add pepper and onion slices; fry 10-15 minutes until golden brown and tender.


Lazy Man's Guacamole

Yield: tops 4-5 brats

  • 1 ripe avocado
  • juice from 1 lime
  • salt & pepper, to taste

Mash avocado in a bowl, mixing in lime juice and salt & pepper.


Apple Slaw

Yield: 6-8 servings

  • 1 bag coleslaw mix
  • 3 sliced green onions
  • 1 julienned crisp apple
For the dressing
  • 2 tablespoons Miracle Whip
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • juice from 1 lemon
  • salt & pepper, to taste

Whisk together dressing ingredients in a small bowl. Combine coleslaw mix, green onions, and apple pieces in a large bowl. Pour dressing over top; mix thoroughly. Chill 1-2 hours before serving.

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