Surprise! These Beer-Basted Kebabs Are Actually Healthy

Beer Brat Skewers with Spicy SlawBeer Brat Skewers with Spicy SlawBite-size bratwurst slices alternate with veggies in this kebab version of the Sheboygan, WI, classic, which is basted in a beer-brown sugar sauce.

Serves: 4
Yields: 4 main-dish servings
Total Time: 45 min
Prep Time: 35 min

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- 4 tablespoon(s) cider vinegar
- 3 tablespoon(s) packed brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon(s) packed brown sugar
- Salt
- Pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon(s) crushed red pepper
- 1/2 head(s) (medium) cabbage, very thinly sliced, (6 cups)
- 1/2 cup(s) beer
- 2 teaspoon(s) lower-sodium soy sauce
- 2 medium onions
- 2 large red peppers
- 6 (1 pound) fully cooked bratwurst sausages

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1. In large bowl, stir 3 tablespoons vinegar, 1 teaspoon brown sugar, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper, and 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper until sugar dissolves. Add cabbage; toss to coat. Let stand.

2. Prepare grill for direct grilling on medium-low.

3. In 3-quart saucepan, combine beer, soy sauce, and remaining 3 tablespoons brown sugar, 1 tablespoon vinegar, and 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper. Heat to boiling on medium-high, stirring. Reduce heat to maintain simmer and cook 15 minutes or until reduced to 1/3 cup, stirring often.

4. While sauce simmers, cut onions, peppers, and sausages into 1-inch chunks; thread onto skewers. Grill 10 to 12 minutes or until onions are tender and grill marks appear on sausages, turning occasionally. Brush two-thirds of sauce all over skewers and grill 5 minutes or until sauce caramelizes, turning. Transfer to serving plates; brush with remaining sauce. Serve with slaw.

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