Beer-Basted German Sausages With Quick-Pickled Peppers and Onions Recipe

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Oven-roasted garlic sausages join quick-pickled peppers and onions in this easy, hearty one-dish meal. Jennifer Olvera

Roasted in the oven and basted with beer, these German-style pork sausages turn out juicy, tender, and lightly browned all over. Quick-pickled peppers and onions, meanwhile, add a flavorful, bright counterpoint.

Why this recipe works:

  • Sweet peppers and onions are bathed in an tart cider-vinegar brine, which provides a pleasant counterpoint to the plump pork sausages.
  • Basting with beer adds flavor while keeping the sausages moist; afterwards it forms a pan sauce that's spooned over the meat.

Recipe Facts

Active: 20 mins
Total: 5 hrs
Serves: 4 servings

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For the Pickled Vegetables:

  • 1 large red bell pepper, stemmed, seeded, and thinly sliced

  • 10 small, long hot peppers, such as finger peppers, stemmed

  • 1 medium yellow onion, thinly sliced

  • 3/4 cup water

  • 3/4 cup cider vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon fresh juice from 1 lemon

  • 3 tablespoons sugar

  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt

  • 1 medium clove garlic, crushed

  • 1/2 tablespoon whole black peppercorns

  • 1/2 tablespoon mustard seeds

  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme

For the Sausages:

  • 1 1/2 pounds German-style pork sausages, such as garlic sausage or bratwurst (see note)

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 cup German-style lager beer

  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. For the Pickled Vegetables: Pack bell pepper, long peppers, and onion in a large clean glass jar. Bring water, cider vinegar, lemon juice, sugar, salt, garlic, peppercorns, mustard seeds and thyme to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Simmer until sugar and salt dissolve. Pour hot pickling liquid into the jar, making sure to fully submerge peppers and onions. Seal jar and allow to stand at room temperature for at least 4 hours and up to 1 day.

  2. For the Sausages: Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position and preheat oven to 400°F.

  3. Strain pickled peppers and onion through a mesh strainer set over a bowl; reserve pickling liquid for later use. Combine pickled peppers and onion with sausages in a large roasting pan. Add olive oil, beer, and red wine vinegar and toss to coat. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer to the oven and roast, basting occasionally with the liquid in the roasting pan, until sausages are cooked through and browned, about 20 minutes.

  4. Remove from the oven and let rest for 5 minutes. Serve, spooning pan juices and some of the reserved pickling liquid, if desired, on top.


This recipe is designed for fresh, not pre-cooked, pork sausages.

Special Equipment

Large glass jar, baking dish

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
606 Calories
33g Fat
34g Carbs
43g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 606
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 33g 42%
Saturated Fat 10g 51%
Cholesterol 128mg 43%
Sodium 727mg 32%
Total Carbohydrate 34g 12%
Dietary Fiber 5g 19%
Total Sugars 19g
Protein 43g
Vitamin C 473mg 2,366%
Calcium 86mg 7%
Iron 5mg 27%
Potassium 1507mg 32%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)