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Beer Brats Recipe
  • READY IN 25 mins

Beer Brats

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"These awesome beer brats are boiled and then put on the grill!"

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Original recipe makes 10 sausages Change Servings
  • PREP

    5 mins
  • COOK

    20 mins

    25 mins


  1. Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat. When hot, lightly oil grate.
  2. Combine the beer and onions in a large pot; bring to a boil. Submerge the bratwurst in the beer; add the red pepper flakes, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Reduce heat to medium and cook another 10 to 12 minutes. Remove the bratwurst from the beer mixture; reduce heat to low, and continue cooking the onions.
  3. Cook the bratwurst on the preheated grill, turning once, 5 to 10 minutes. Serve with the beer mixture as a topping or side.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Aug 11, 2008

I made this as a try out run to see if I'd want to serve it for guests this weekend. I halved the recipe since it was for just 3 of us. It was all gone and I only had one. I could have eaten at least 3 easily and that says a lot! Great recipe! I followed the recipe and did not change a thing. The spiciness was very good. I may take it up a notch when I serve it to my guests who happen to like spicy food. Just an f.y.i. though... without the sauce it isn't very hot for those who may not like heat. Thank you Zach!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jun 22, 2010

Why boil out the flavor? Try this, low and slow on the grill (I prefer charcoal or wood chunks), indirect heat is best for about 30-45 minutes. While the brats are cooking take 3-4 cans of beer and 1/2 to 1 stick of butter, thin sliced onion, salt, pepper and other seasonings to taste. Heat on the grill in foil pan. More or less beer depending on pan size, # of brats and thurst of the cook! Put brats in beer sauce and let simmer. Brats will stay juicy and flavorful for 2-3 hours. great for picnics, ball games, camping, etc...

Feb 23, 2009

I used this recipe to feed a very large group of patrons at my husbands bar/resturant for super bowl Sunday and let me tell you, Holy Cow. I prepared a total of 100 brats, following this recipe. They were the most delicious brats we have ever served!! This is the first year I have made them for our party, (6th year in a row, always doing brats for super bowl) and everyone RAVED! I was so happy and my husband so proud! I will nover make brats any other way!

Oct 14, 2010

Perfect! We pricked the brats a bunch of times with a fork to allow the beer and seasoning to really soak in. And instead of hovering over a hot stove, we let them simmer in the crockpot for a few hours. PERFECT with sauerkraut, the beer-y onions grilled, dijon mustard, and a hit of hot sauce. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm...

Aug 31, 2010

I have used this for small and large parties. It has also become the recipie for my son's Boy Scoup Troop's court of honor. I just cooked 72 brats for the troop and they turned out great. Only difference is I add all ingredients to the pot with the brats and let them soak for 24 hours. I use the cheapest drinkable beer I can find. I have used Guiness and Killians Red and you could not taste much difference from the Miller High Life.

Mar 16, 2009

This was good, but the beer flavor was not quite as strong as I'd hoped. Next time, I will try a stronger beer, like Guiness, and cook it on the stove for a longer time to really give it time to simmer and for the flavors to soak in. I pricked the brats all over with a fork to allow the beer to get in there. Some of it could be the beer... all I had was Beck's, which is pretty light. Great idea, though, I will keep tweaking to get more beer flavor. I used a couple cloves of fresh garlic instead of the garlic powder.

Jul 23, 2008

We loved these. Bought store brand brats, boiled in beer and grilled until nice, dark grill marks appeared. Served with corn on the cob. Perfect summer meal!

Feb 03, 2012

I am brat lover...grew up eating them. In my opinion the best way to preserve the flavor is NOT to par boil them. Grill slowly and then place in beer mixture and soak slowly on low heat as long as you have. Par boiling only takes what flavor and moisture that the fat provides out.


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  • Calories
  • 382 kcal
  • 19%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 9.7 g
  • 3%
  • Cholesterol
  • 69 mg
  • 23%
  • Fat
  • 27.4 g
  • 42%
  • Fiber
  • 0.5 g
  • 2%
  • Protein
  • 13.8 g
  • 28%
  • Sodium
  • 1031 mg
  • 41%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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