Bratwurst become popular in Sheboygan, WI in the 20s and was first introduced to sports stadiums in 1953 at Milwaukee County Stadium. Ok, enough history, lets get to the food.
The ingredients are basic, the brat, bun, beer, and condiments. The latter is important. As with the many ways to prepare brats, there are many condiments to use but in Milwaukee, we primarily use:
- Frank's sauerkraut
- Koop's mustard -Dusseldorf style or spicy brown mustard
- Secret Stadium Sauce, famous sauce from Milwaukee County Stadium/Miller Park
- beer, I chose a Schlitz Tall Boy
You can certainly use most any type of beer. The beer cooks the bratwurst but also flavors it. I highly recommend using Guinness beer too. It is like cooking with wine, if you like to drink a certain type or brand, use the same to wine to cook with too.
I like to start to prepare Beer Bath for the grill. Fresh cut white onion, beer, and globs of butter are poured into a tin foil pan.