Hard Cider Braised ‘Beer’ Bratwurst
In a large sauce pan or pot, melt bacon fat on medium heat and sweat shallots, peppers and jalapenos for about 2-3 minutes to release some flavor. Add sweated veggies and bratwurst to a crock pot alternating layers of veggies and brats.
Pour hard cider into crock pot until liquid just covers the bratwurst and veggie mixture. Cook on high for 3-4 hours.
Once you have finished slow cooking, remove brats ( be careful as they will have softened somewhat) and place them in a baking dish or other large container to cool. Transfer remaining liquid and veggies to a large pot and reduce by 3/4 on the stove at a medium-low heat, about 2 hours.
Once liquid has reduced, preheat grill to high heat and grill brats for 3-4 minutes per side to heat throughout and produce grill marks. Spoon reduced liquid and veggies over brats and enjoy!