Cooking with Fire Episode 5: Germany

Pitmaster Josh Cary and Chef Tom Jackson take on the classic German sausage with a little twist in this episode of Cooking with Fire. They cook up some Bratwurst Meatball Subs, and make a beer and cheese infused sauerkraut to go on top.

Bratwurst Meatball Subs Recipe

Cooking with Fire Episode 5: Germany


  • 2 lb beef chuck, cubed
  • 2 lb pork butt, cubed
  • 1/2 cup Oktoberfest beer
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tbsp kosher salt
  • 2 tsp white pepper
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 4 cups sauerkraut
  • 1/4 cup brown mustard
  • 10-12 fl oz Oktoberfest beer
  • 4 oz sharp white cheddar, shredded


Grind the meats twice through a 10mm die. Whisk the cold beer and egg together. Whisk in the salt, white pepper, ginger and nutmeg. Combine the seasoning mixture and ground meats in the bowl of a stand mixer. Using the paddle attachment, mix the sausage on medium for 1-2 minutes, until the mixture becomes very tacky and holds together.

Form the sausage into roughly 1.5” diameter (2-2.5 oz) meatballs. Transfer to the refrigerator.

Preheat your grill to medium-high heat (425ºF). Grill the meatballs, turning as they brown, until they reach an internal temperature of 160ºF. Remove and hold warm.

While the meatballs are cooking, combine the sauerkraut and mustard in a dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add enough beer to cover the sauerkraut. Allow to reduce by half. Add the meatballs and cheddar to the mixture and continue cooking 3-5 minutes longer.

Cut a wedge out of the top of the sub sandwich buns, making enough room for three meatballs to fit. Toast the buns on the grill. Top each bun with three meatballs and the sauerkraut mixture.

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