One grill, lots of sausage and sauerkraut, and a dozen friends. (Serves 12)

Grilled Beer-cooked Sausages

Coarse-grain mustard

Crusty rolls

Caraway Sauerkraut
Bacon-Butter Potatoes
Carrot Salad
Beet Salad
Ginger Chocolate Cookies
Credit: Photo: Thayer Allyson Gowdy; Styling: Karen Shinto

Make-Ahead Plan

2 days before the party
• Make sauerkraut
• Roast beets

Day before the party
• Bake cookies
• Make beet salad
• Make carrot salad

Morning of the party
• Bring carrot salad, beet salad, and sauerkraut to room temperature
• Set out condiments and buns for sausages
• Chill beer or pick up keg
• Lay out plates, utensils, napkins, and glasses; organize serving bowls and platters

2 hours before party
• Make potatoes; keep warm in a low oven

1 hour before party
• Cook sausages through step 1

Once guests arrive
• Grill sausages