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Bratwurst with Stewed Spicy Peppers

Ingredients

  • 1 large red bell pepper
  • 1 large yellow bell pepper
  • 1 medium jalapeño chile pepper
  • 1 medium red onion
  • ¼ cup (½ stick) unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seed
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 cup (non-alcoholic if you prefer) beer
  • 2 tablespoons spicy brown mustard
  • 5 fresh bratwurst
  • 5 large hot dog buns

Directions

  1. Preheat your grill on high until it reaches 500°F and then adjust the burners to medium heat (350° to 450°F).
  2. Remove and discard the stems and seeds from the bell peppers and jalapeño pepper. Cut the bell peppers lengthwise into ⅓-inch strips. Finely chop the jalapeño pepper. Cut the onion in half through the stem and root ends. Cut each half crosswise into ¼-inch slices.
  3. In a large disposable foil pan over direct medium heat, melt the butter. Add the peppers, onion, fennel seed, salt, and pepper. Mix well with tongs. Cook the vegetables in the pan over direct medium heat, with the lid closed, until tender and turning golden brown in spots, 10 to 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. If the vegetables brown too quickly, slide the pan over indirect heat and cook them there, with the lid closed.
  4. When the vegetables are tender, add the beer and mustard. Mix well with tongs. Slide the pan over indirect heat to keep warm.
  5. Grill the bratwurst over direct medium heat, with the lid closed, until lightly charred on all sides, about 15 minutes, turning them every few minutes and swapping their positions as needed for even cooking. Then move the bratwurst to the pan over indirect heat. Smother them with the peppers and onion, close the lid, and cook until the bratwurst are fully cooked, about 10 to 15 minutes. If the pan is getting too dry, add a little more beer.
  6. Serve the bratwurst warm in the buns with the spicy pepper mixture on top.

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