Have a backyard Oktoberfest

All you need is one grill, lots of sausage, sauerkraut, and a hundred friends. Get our recipes and make-ahead plan

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Grilled Beer-cooked Sausages
Bullard simmers his sausages in beer first, which makes for quick grilling and helps feed guests fast. We love these smeared with coarse-grain mustard on crusty rolls. The onions take on a lot of the ale's flavor, including its slight bitterness. Leave them off your sausage if you're sensitive to bitter flavors

Caraway Sauerkraut
Caraway seeds, onion, and ale transform the humble condiment of jarred sauerkraut into a stellar side dish. It's good on a bun with a beer-cooked sausage or simply on its own, by the forkful.

Bacon-Butter Potatoes
These potatoes are rich and savory and particularly delicious when eaten alongside beer-cooked sausages.

Carrot Salad
This tangy salad adds zip ― and lots of vitamin A ― to any picnic or barbecue.

Beet Salad
Any beets would be delicious here, but we prefer the deep color of red beets with the rest of the menu. Roasting the beets before grating intensifies their flavor and is an easy, relatively mess-free way to cook them.

Ginger Chocolate Cookies
Part chewy molasses cookie, part homey chocolate chip cookie, part spicy gingersnap: These cookies ― inspired by ones brought annually by an Oktoberfest guest ― have it all. The Sunset staff ate our test batches as quickly as we could bake them.



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