Beer-Braised Hot Dogs With Sweetened Sauerkraut

Prep Time: 1 Hour

Yields: 6 Servings


I love the combination of sauerkraut and dogs. With all the craft beers here in Louisiana, you are certain to find a slightly sweetened fruity beer to enhance this dish.

Ingredients for Sauerkraut:

3 cups Vlasic® sauerkraut, rinsed and drained

1 cup Abita® Amber beer

1 tbsp Steen's™ cane syrup

salt and black pepper to taste

granulated garlic to taste

Method for Sauerkraut:

In a medium saucepot, simmer sauerkraut, beer and syrup over medium-high heat until beer is reduced by 75%, 10–15 minutes. Season to taste with salt, pepper and granulated garlic. Remove from heat and set aside.

Ingredients for Hot Dogs:

6 all-beef hot dogs

1 (12-ounce) bottle fruit-flavored beer (such as strawberry or raspberry)

2 tbsps sugar

6 grilled hot dog buns

Method for Hot Dogs:

In a large saucepot, bring beer and sugar to a simmer over medium-high heat. Add dogs and simmer 8 minutes or until dogs are plump and beer syrup coats lightly. Using tongs, transfer dogs to grill and cook 5–7 minutes, reserving syrup in saucepot. Toast bun 1 minute on grill. When ready to serve, place a grilled dog in bun, top with sauerkraut and drizzle lightly with reserved beer syrup. You may wish to serve with Creole mustard as an option.