NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – It’s football time, but are you ready to step up your tailgating skills? Bill Fletcher of Fletcher’s Brooklyn Barbecue stopped by the CBS 2 studios with a recipe sure to spice up your pre-game feast.

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Skillet-fried Beer-soaked Brats with poblano peppers and sweet onions
Serves 4

1 yellow onion
2 poblano peppers
4 bratwurst sausages
2 12oz beers (pilsners or ales are best)
2 Tbsps. canola oil
4 hero rolls
Brown mustard for serving


  • Cut the onion in half (split at the root). Peel off the outer dry layers and discard. Slice the onion into long thin strips.
  • Core and seed the poblano peppers. Slice the peppers into thin long strips.
  • In a medium soup pot, bring the beer to a boil over high heat. Add the onions, peppers, and bratwursts to the pot and bring back to boil.
  • Reduce the heat to medium, and cook the sausages through, about 15 minutes.
  • Once cooked, pour the beer mixture into a colander reserving the onions, peppers, and brats.
  • Meanwhile heat a cast-iron skillet over medium high heat until hot. Add canola oil to the pan and warm for 1 minute.
  • Place the brats on one side of the skillet, and the onions & peppers on the other side.
  • Brown everything for about 5 minutes, stirring the onions and peppers every few minutes, and flipping the brats every few minutes. The goal is to get a browned sear on everything without burning.
  • To plate, place a bratwurst on a roll, cover with the onions & peppers, and serve with brown mustard and a bottle of the same beer used to boil the brats.


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