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Beer Bratwursts

July 10, 2013

These Beer Bratwursts were our main course for the 4th. Can’t beat grilling on that holiday and thankfully the rain stayed away just enough for us to fire up the grill. They first cook in a bath of beer with tons of spices and savory flavors. Then it’s off to the grill to finish before they get nestled in a bun with fancy condiments.

Beer Bratwursts by So, How's It Taste?

So, how’s it taste?

Wow, they were fantastic! Cooking them in all that delicious beer and company gives them so much flavor. I’ve made these twice now, once for the 4th and once at home. If you don’t have a grill, an indoor electric one works just fine. The first time, I used pre-cooked brats and the second time I used raw. You can make this recipe with both, just reduce the cooking time in the liquid and on the grill if you’re using pre-cooked. The original recipe calls for adding butter to the reserved liquid to baste them while grilling, but I found that gives the brats a really greasy coating that they don’t need. These brats are so tasty by themselves, they don’t really need a condiment, but as you can see, I got fancy in that area, too. Stay tuned for the recipes for Sweet & Sour Onions and Bell Pepper Relish!

Beer Bratwursts


2 12-oz. bottles lager beer
1 large onion, cut into wedges
4 cloves garlic, smashed
1 2-inch piece ginger, thinly sliced
1 tsp. caraway seeds
2 bay leaves
2 whole cloves
6 to 8 links fresh bratwurst (about 2 1/2 lbs.)
6 to 8 buns or Italian-bread segments
Whole-grain mustard, for serving


1. Combine 6 cups water, the beer, onion, garlic, ginger, caraway seeds, bay leaves, and cloves in a large pot over medium-high heat; bring to a gentle simmer and cook 10 minutes. Add the bratwursts, return to a simmer and cook until almost done (the meat should still be slightly pink in the center), about 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and let the bratwursts cool completely in the cooking liquid, about 1 hour.

2. Preheat a grill to medium high. Reserve 2 cups of the cooking liquid.

3. Grill the bratwursts, occasionally turning and basting with the reserved liquid, until marked and cooked through, 10 to 12 minutes. Serve on rolls with mustard and other toppings.

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  • amy @ fearless homemaker July 10, 2013 at 9:33 am

    I looooove brats but rarely eat them because the husband doesn’t like them. SOB! Whenever I see them on restaurant menus, I always order one. Yours look SO good – I could go for one right now!

  • alexandra @ sweet betweens [blog] July 10, 2013 at 9:48 am

    Oh man, these sound delicious. And look even more so with those condiments! Can’t wait for the recipes for the pickled onions and pepper relish, too!

  • cquek July 11, 2013 at 9:43 am

    i definitely know the feeling of walking outside with that. yummy!

  • Jackie l Food.Wine.Fashion July 11, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    Great idea to cook them in beer first! So can you still taste a lot of beer when they’re done?

    xo Jackie

    • Leah Short July 11, 2013 at 7:04 pm

      Not a lot, but I could taste it more in the ones I ate the next day. I load mine with condiments though, so that may be why!

  • Teresa Blackburn July 14, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    I have never, ever made Brats I am sorry to say. You have made them look really delicious. Wouter is from The Netherlands and loves anything to eat that is “brat-like” so I will have to try this for him. Stay cool.