I’ve partnered with SocialStars and Johnsonville® to share this tasty Cherry Bacon Brussels Sprout Slaw. Fire up the grill tonight! #SausageFamily
A couple weeks ago, my wife and I piled into the car with some friends and took the short drive out to Cooperstown, NY. Cooperstown is home to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, and it’s a mecca for baseball fans everywhere.
As a kid, I loved baseball. I collected baseball cards. Lots of baseball cards. Like boxes and boxes and boxes of baseball cards. I followed my favorite teams religiously, and I eagerly awaited opening day every year. But then the baseball strike of 1994 happened. Half of the season was cancelled along with the playoffs and the World Series. And somehow in that break, I lost interest in baseball. I am still a sports addict, but now I turn to football, college basketball, soccer, cycling and even curling before baseball.
But back to Cooperstown. Our trip didn’t involve a visit to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Nope, we were heading out to visit a Belgian-style brewery that also happens to be located in Cooperstown. My wife and I had the chance to visit Belgium a couple of years ago, and we’ve been huge fans of Belgian beers ever since that trip. So of course a stop by a local(ish) Belgian brewery was definitely high on our list!
After our tour of the brewery, we decided to grab lunch at their cafe. Holy woah. That was an amazing lunch! My wife ordered a sausage sandwich topped with an amazing brussels sprout slaw. I could have eaten a big bowl of this slaw with a fork and been perfectly happy. Ok, maybe a big bowl of brussels sprout slaw with a Belgian beer. We were in a brewery after all!
It didn’t take long for me to recreate this amazing slaw here at home. As you guys know, I am always looking for any excuse to pull out the grill…and I knew this slaw would be perfect on top of some grilled brats. Slaw (made from cabbage) is a classic on top of pulled pork sandwiches…but brussels sprout slaw is new to me. But it’s quickly become a favorite! The slightly bitter brussels partner with bacon, dried cherries and a quick vinaigrette to create the perfectly balanced combination of flavors. Toss it on top of grilled Johnsonville® brats, and you’ve got a winner of a summer recipe!
We are currently in the process of moving my office down to the basement (more on that to come!), and we invited some friends over this past weekend to help with that process. By “invited,” I mean we baited them with promises of Grilled Brats with Cherry Bacon Brussels Sprout Slaw. After we got the furniture down the stairs, I threw some Johnsonville® Beer ‘n Bratwurst on the grill and pulled out the brussels sprout slaw. We hung out on the back deck eating brats and drinking Belgian beer. Talk about a great way to enjoy the last several weeks of summer!
Beer and brats have always been a classic summer combo, and Johnsonville’s® Beer ‘n Brats are nothing short of delicious! Bratsgiving (aka National Bratwurst Day) is coming up on August 16. Lucky for us, Bratsgiving falls on a Sunday this year…that means it’s the perfect day to invite friends over and grew up a big batch of Johnsonville® brats. The summer might be starting to wind down soon, but there’s still plenty of time for grilling out with friends on the back deck! But make sure to have plenty of this Cherry Bacon Brussels Sprout Slaw on hand…it tends to disappear quickly!
Have you ever been to Cooperstown, NY?
What is your favorite topping for grilled brats?