Beer-Braised Brats Recipe

Beer-Braised Brats

  • Makes: 10 servings
  • Prep 30 mins
  • Grill 20 mins
  • Cook 10 mins
Beer-Braised Brats
Beer-Braised Brats
Grill the bratwurst, then simmer them in a sweet and tangy beer sauce. When you’re ready for dinner, put the brats in a bun and top with the pickles and cranberry relish.


  • 10 uncooked bratwurst links (2 1/2 pounds total)
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • large onion, halved and cut into thin slices
  • 12 – ounce bottle or cans dark German beer
  • tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • tablespoons vinegar
  • teaspoon caraway seeds
  • teaspoon dried thyme, crushed
  • teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 10 hoagie buns, bratwurst buns, or other crusty rolls, split and toasted
  • Easy Cranberry-Pickle Relish (recipe follows)


  1. Pierce bratwursts with fork. For a charcoal grill: Arrange medium-hot coals around a drip pan. Test for medium heat above pan. Place bratwursts on grill rack over drip pan. Cover; grill 20 to 30 minutes or until an instant-read thermometer inserted into bratwursts registers 160 degrees F, turning once halfway through grilling time. (For a gas grill: Preheat the grill. Reduce heat to medium. Adjust for indirect cooking. Grill as directed above.)
  2. Meanwhile, in a Dutch oven, heat butter over medium heat. Add onion; cook and stir about 5 minutes or until tender. Add beer, brown sugar, vinegar, caraway seeds, thyme, and Worcestershire sauce. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Place bratwursts in beer mixture; keep warm until serving time.
  3. To serve, place grilled bratwurst in a bun or roll. Using a slotted spoon, top with some cooked onion slices and Easy Cranberry-Pickle Relish. Makes 10 sandwiches.


  • Can tote cooked brats and the beer cooking liquid to your tailgating site in an insulated container. Serve within 1 to 2 hours.

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