Glazed and Grilled Schweinshaxe and Brussel Sprouts

  • Recipe TypeEntree
  • Prep Time20 minutes
  • Yieldeight

Germans aren't big into grilling, but the traditional pork hock is perfect for it. I pair the beer-glazed schweinshaxe with beer-braised brussel sprouts, potato pancakes and Brooklyn Oktoberfest.

Ingredients

  • 8 pork hocks, skin on
  • 9 Yukon gold potatoes, skinned, shredded and drained 
  • 6 onions (yellow or red), 2 chopped roughly and 4 cut into thick slices
  • 2 stalks of brussels sprouts (or two bunches)
  • 3 carrots, chopped roughly 
  • 3 celery stalks, chopped roughly
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 16 oz. container of sour cream
  • 3 thick slabs of bacon, diced
  • 2 eggs
  • 5 16 oz. bottles of beer (a brown ale like Sierra Nevada's Tumbler would work great)
  • Canola oil
  • Whole pepper corns
  • Kosher salt and cracked black pepper to taste

Directions

  1. To begin, place the pork hocks, carrots, celery, bay leaves and the two roughly chopped onions into a pot and cover with water. Salt the water generously, cover and bring to a boil. When the water comes to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cook for two hours.
  2. As the pork cooks, shred the potatoes, draining off all the excess liquid, and cook the brussel sprouts. For the brussels sprouts, place in a pot and cover with two beers, a half cup of water and a table spoon of salt. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Cook for 30 minutes covered. If the brussels sprouts are tender after 30 minutes, drain the liquid from the brussels sprouts. Otherwise, cook for another 10 minutes.
  3. Heat a frying pan over high heat. When the pan is hot, add the bacon and brussels sprouts, reduce to medium high heat and cook until the bacon is crispy and the sprouts have browned some, about 15 minutes. Remove from the pan and cover loosely to keep warm. 
  4. In a sauce pot, pour the remaining three beers and a dozen or so black pepper corns, and bring to a boil. Once the basting liquid is boiling, turn the heat down and reduce the liquid by half.
  5. When the pork hocks are cooked, pull them out of the pot, pat dry and stick on the rotisserie rod. Load the pork hocks on the grill and cook using medium heat for 30 minutes. Baste with the liquid every 10 minutes. Also, grill the slices of onion.
  6. As the pork hocks spin, beat the two eggs and combine with the potatoes.  In a hot pan, add a couple tablespoons of oil. As the oil heats, take a portion of the potato mixture, form it into a patty and place in the pan. Season with salt and pepper. Cook for three minutes or until a brown crust forms. Turn, season and cook the potato pancake for another three minutes.
  7. When the potatoes, onions and pork hocks are cooked, plate them with the brussels sprouts and top the potato pancakes with the grilled onions and a dollop of sour cream.