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The Oktoberfest Beer Brats!

Oktoberfest 700PX LR 300x137 The Oktoberfest Beer Brats!By Tim Rodgers

Featuring Rieker’s Prime Meats and Delicatessen

If you are in the Philadelphia area, and looking to celebrate Oktoberfest in authentic fashion, you should really check out Rieker’s Prime Meats in Fox Chase.  Located at 7979 Oxford Ave in Philadelphia.  This authentic German deli was founded in 1970 by Walter and Ursula Rieker.  Both Walter and Ursula were born in post WWII Germany which initially was struggling economically as a result of being torn apart by the war.  At the age of 13 Walter was certified as a butcher and moved to Philadelphia to seek a better opportunity.  I remember my Grandma Braun exclusively getting any and all kinds of German fare at Rieker’s.  If you were from that part of the city, it was a given that it was the place to go.  knockwurst, Kielbasa, fresh or smoked, spaetzle, laugenbretzel, rye bread, potato pancakes…you name it.  And the sauerkraut?  Well you can see the stuff being pressed down in the barrels behind the deli counter homemade, fresh, and with bacon! 

Let’s not forget that Germany is the place to go for fine chocolates and desserts.  The selection of German candies and chocolates is immense.  I recently had been frequenting the Fox Chase area, and as soon as I passed by the store front, I had to go in and pick up some brats for Oktoberfest (See our Top 10 Oktoberfest Beers).  Since the Eagles are away this week, I will cook this feast in the comfort of my own home.  The main course

will be the brats simmered in beer, and on the grill.  I will serve these tangy brats with fresh spaetzel, sauerkraut, and German potato salad.  Feel free to add any other of the delectable foods freshly prepared to the menu as you see fit.  Finally, pair these bad boys with our 2010 Oktoberfest Beer Champion Ayinger Oktoberfest or runner-up Beck’s Oktoberfest.   Auf Wiedersehen und Guten Appetit!


For the Brats:

12-16 of their fresh Oktoberfest bratwurst (A white bratwurst packed with caraway and marjoram herbs)

2- 12 ounce bottles of Spaten Oktoberfest (the o.g. Oktoberfest beer or any lager will do)

2- medium size red onions diced

1 green bell pepper sliced

1 red pepper sliced

¼ cup of sugar

Pinch of caraway seeds

Pinch of marjoram

1 stick of butter

Salt and Pepper to taste

Crusty Sarcone’s club rolls to serve brats on

Tin Foil pan(s) for grilling


2 pounds of Rieker’s homemade bacon sauerkraut (just heat on the stove)

2 packages of Rieker’s spaetzel (just fry up with a little oil)

2 pounds of Rieker’s homemade German potato salad

1 bottle Sweet Loewensef mustard

Preheat grill and set to low heat.  Combine all ingredients into your tin foil pan and simply put on the grill.  Allow to simmer until the brats are cooked all the through for about 25-30 Minutes.  (Don’t poke them with a fork or you will “release the juice!”)  Serve on the rolls with your choice of sauerkraut and/or mustard.  Heat up the sides and go to town!

If everybody drank responsibly and moderately, no alcohol rehab centers would ever be needed at all.

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