It’s 3am. You’ve just got out of your local bar, club or favourite watering hole. You’re staggering clumsily to find some sort of public transportation to take you to your humble abode (because we’re responsible citizens here at the Republic of Bacon, aren’t we?). But something hits you. It hits you right down deep in your loins. All of a sudden, you’re absolutely starving. You’re a little confused as to how this came about so suddenly, but you need to feed the craving nonetheless. You look around for an open establishment, but, alas, everything is closed. You are just about to call it quits until you stumble on the heavenly sight that is the street-meat vendor! Your stomach grumbles in anticipation. You get the German sausage, load it up with mustard and sauerkraut and you go to bed a happy, happy individual.

This is my attempt at recreating the satisfaction we all experience above… but with BACON!

Ingredients

5 strips Maple Leaf Bacon

1 500mL Jar Sauerkraut

1 Onion, diced

2 heads Garlic, crushed

1 ½ cups Apple Cider

2 tbsp Grainy Mustard

2 tbsp Dijon Mustard

3 tbsp Sour Cream

6-8 Sausages

6-8 Dempster’s Deluxe Hot Dog Buns

Salt & Pepper

Directions

1. Cut up your bacon into ½” strips and fry them up nice and crispy in a large frying pan.

2. Remove the crispy bacon and all but 2 tbsp of rendered bacon fat from your pan and toss in your diced onion and crushed garlic. Fry this around until the garlic is fragrant and the onions have gone translucent. This should only take a few minutes.

3. Take your sauerkraut out of the jar, strain it using a colander then add it into the pan. We don’t want the liquid its sitting in, just the wonderful sauerkraut. Add in your apple cider as well and let this simmer until all of the apple cider has reduced.

4. Once the cider has reduced, dump your kraut into a bowl and add your bacon back in along with the two mustards.

5. Stir in some sour cream to bring everything together and check for seasoning. All I needed was black pepper, but different krauts require different subtle seasoning.

6. Grill up your favourite sausages. I used some German bratwurst and spicy Italian sausages.

7. Pop your grilled sausage on a Dempster’s bun along with your baconized sauerkraut and an extra helping of your favorite mustard.