Tasty Tuesday – Beer Boiled Brats

September 13, 2011 by Michelle

Let’s recap. It’s the middle of September, but that doesn’t mean we stop making yummy food on the grill. Oh no. Around here, we grill all year round – so long as we can get a path to the grill through the snow, we’re grilling at least once a week! Last week, I shared the bacon cheddar stuffed burgers we made over Labor Day weekend (again). They were awesome.

This week isn’t a new favorite on the grill but rather an old one. If I’m going to have a bratwurst, I sure hope that it’s a beer boiled one. The first time I mentioned this to my husband, back when we were dating, he looked at me like I was nuts. I looked at him like I was nuts. “You mean you’ve never had a beer boiled brat before?” I asked him incredulously. Apparently this is a regional thing.

Let me be the first to tell you: It shouldn’t be. Beer boiled brats are awesome. They are the way bratwurst was meant to be eaten. They take some thinking ahead, but it’s well worth it.

Beer Boiled Brats

Bratwurst (we did eight for our group, but however many you’re cooking)
Cheap beer (seriously, the cheaper the better – about 1/3-1/2 can per brat needed, depending on your pan)
Buns and toppings of your choice


Get your standard bratwurst. These are the normal everyday ones that taste decent, but you’re going to make them magnificent.

Place them in a pot and cover with the beer. When you pour the beer, be careful. You want the beer to not get all foamy and frothy as much as you can help it, so pour slowly to minimize that. You want them covered by a half inch or so. For mine, that took about 2 cans of beer. The rest, I saved for later. If you’re making a lot of them for a large party, use a disposable roasting pan and boil them on your grill. Turn the heat up enough so that they’re boiling but lightly, just higher than a simmer.

Leave them along for a good two hours or so. Check them periodically to see how the level of beer is doing. You want them to stay covered the whole time, so every half hour or so, check on them and add some more beer to top them off.

After two hours of the beer jacuzzi, place your brats on a medium temperature grill. Grill them for just a couple minutes on each side, and that finishes them off perfectly. Add them to their buns and put the appropriate toppings on them (*cough* brown mustard *cough*), and you’re good to go.

You’ll never go back to normal bratwurst, I promise! Or if you do, I don’t want to hear about it….

Enjoy this and more with Blessed With Grace and Tempt My Tummy Tuesday. Also posting now with A Southern Fairytale and her Mouthwatering Monday.

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  • Pat

    My mouth's watering just reading about them!

  • Tara R.

    Surprisingly I have some cheap beer in my beer frig… and some brats. I see a grill fest coming up soon.

  • Heather E

    I love love love beer boiled brats. They are one of my most FAVORITE summer staples. AND we also grill year round here, even in the snow. There is just nothing like grilled food. YUM!

  • Heather E

    I love love love beer boiled brats. They are one of my most FAVORITE summer staples. AND we also grill year round here, even in the snow. There is just nothing like grilled food. YUM!

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  • Joanna Jenkins

    Hi Michelle, I've never made Brats before but these look fantastic. Growing up in Ohio, I remember my Dad out at the bbq in his winter coat in a blizzard grilling 🙂
    xo jj

  • Michelle

    Pat – They are well worth it. Water away!

    Tara – Have you ever made them before? They absolutely rock. So much better than the regular ones.

    Heather – So glad to hear you're like me on both counts. I got the oddest look from my husband the first time I explained this to my husband.

    Joanna – That is a memory, isn't it? I hope the wee ones giggle about their daddy in the blizzard just as much as we do.

  • Mrs4444

    Ooohhh….yum. I only simmer mine for a half hour or so. I should try your method! Thanks.

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