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The Ultimate Beer Brats Tailgating Recipe for Your Sports Betting Sweat

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The live tailgating experience is second-to-none. An event starts at 1 p.m. ET? You’d better be in your parking spot by 8 a.m. to maximize your tailgating time.

Of course, tailgating includes beverages, community, games (cornhole, ladder golf, beer pong, etc.) and … food.

But even if you’re not attending an event in-person, you can still incorporate some of the fun of tailgating at home.

With this in mind, I decided to provide the ultimate food recipe to accompany your sports betting sweat.

It’s meat … it’s onions and peppers … and it’s beer. What more could you ask for?

Sports Betting Tailgating Recipe: Beer Brats


  • Bratwurst (one pack)
  • One medium-sized onion
  • Two green peppers
  • Hot dog buns
  • Beer (domestic)

Pour your beer into a pot big enough for all ingredients over medium heat. I prefer full-strength beer, but if light beer is what you have, that’s fine too. While the beer is warming, slice the onion and peppers and set aside with the brats.

Once the beer is simmering, add in your brats, onions and peppers and simmer for 15 minutes.

While the brats are simmering, heat a skillet or preferably a cast iron pan, over low heat.

Once the pan is hot, cook your brats over low heat, turning (with tongs and not poking with a fork) periodically to brown all sides. Remember, the brats have already been cooked through in your hot beer, so the goal here is to simply brown the brats on all sides.

While the brats are cooking, turn the heat below your pot of beer, onions and peppers to the lowest setting.

After the brats have been properly browned, return them to the beer, onion and peppers and voila … you have officially created a beer brat hot tub.

The beauty of the beer brat hot tub isn’t solely the combination of cooked meat marinating in beer, onions and peppers (which is amazing by itself), but it’s also a great way to keep the brats warm without drying out.

My favorite way of eating beer brats is to throw one on a New England hot dog bun, top with onions and peppers from the hot tub, then finish off with a line of yellow mustard.

Brat in one hand, beer in the other? I can’t think of a better way to sweat NASCAR bets.

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