Sticky Sweet barbecued success!

Bombshell Barbecue 

What an amazing night we had last night.  The sun was high, the grill was lit and the food was outstanding (if I do say so myself).  And thanks to my wonderful photographer friend Ian (, it looks as amazing as it tasted.

What was on the menu:

caprese salad

Caprese Salad

Bratwurst in a sticky stout sauce


Lavender Vodka Tonic


Jalapeño poppers (sorry, I was taught this recipe in the strictest of confidence)

poppers   poppers 2

We lit the grill around 5:45pm, giving it plenty of time before our friends arrived to get to the perfect cooking temperature.  I began prepping the veggies and getting the brats ready to grill.  Here’s how to do that:


8 Bratwursts

2 bottles of stout

1 Onion, sliced

1/2 c. Dijon Mustard

2 T Molasses

1 T Worcestershire sauce

1/2 tsp Nutmeg

1/4 tsp Cloves

1 Bay leaf

Salt and Pepper

How to

Slice your onion in 1/4 inch slices and set aside.  Put your brats and bay leaf in a deep skillet, deep enough to hold the brats and the beer.  Put your sliced onion on top of the brats then pour the beers over top.  Bring them to a boil then let them simmer for about 20 minutes with a cover on.  After 20 mins, take the brats and bay leaf out and set them aside.

Bring your beer mixture up to a little bit higher of a boil and add in your other ingredients, whisking to combine.  Once combined, lower to a light boil and let it cook down and reduce.  I let the mixture cook down for a while, may be 30 minutes, until it became dark, thick and sticky.

Put your brats on the grill and cook both sides until you have a nice amount of grill lines on them.

brats 1

Roll them liberally in the sauce, put on a bun and top with whatever you’d like.  We topped with beer mustard and sauerkraut but I think they would have been just fine without the extra toppings.

brats 2

I honestly want to put this sauce on everything I ever make.  Everything.  We had an in-depth conversation about what else we could stick in it, and ended up dipping potato chips in it.  Holy cow.  MAKE THESE BRATS.  If you don’t, you will be leading a sad, sorry existence just short of awesome.  You will know that something is missing.

brats 4

I made the sangria from a previous post and used some of the lavender syrup that was prepared for the vodka tonics to give it just a little extra sweetness.  It added something special, in my opinion!


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