How to Soak Brats in Beer


Bratwurst, or brats, are German sausages traditionally made from a blend of veal, pork or beef. Brats are one of the many summer grilling staples and are delicious straight from the package to the grill. To add another layer of flavor to your meat, as well as avoid over cooking on the grill, try soaking the brats in beer prior to grilling. The beer bath also creates a flavorful onion garnish that you can serve with your brats.

Things You'll Need

  • Large pot
  • 3 bottles of beer, 12-oz (your choice)
  • 1 large onion, coarsely cut
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Toothpick
  • 6 uncooked bratwurst
  • Combine the beer, onions and bay leaf in the large pot. Turn the heat to high to bring the beer to a boil.

  • Prick the ends of each brat with a toothpick. Add the brats to the beer.

  • Reduce the heat to simmer. Let the brats soak for at least 30 minutes.

  • Remove the brats from the beer bath. Grill or cook as desired.

Tips & Warnings

  • Leave the onion and beer mixture on the stove. Remove the bay leaves and turn the heat to medium. Let the beer mixture heat uncovered, stirring frequently, until the beer evaporates. Transfer the onions to a serving dish and use them to garnish the brats.


  • "Weber's Big Book of Grilling"; Jamie Purviance, et al; 2001
  • Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images
Promoted By Zergnet


You May Also Like

  • How to Cook Beer Brats

    Beer brats are bratwurst that are simmered in a beer sauce and grilled. They're great at tailgate parties served with a robust...

  • How to Soak Ribs in Beer

    Beer is a great marinade for beef and pork ribs, but there are some trade-offs when using a marinade. While many barbecue...

  • How to Cook Bratwurst on a Gas Grill

    For many people, nothing says summer like grilled bratwurst. Get your summer sizzling by using a fail-proof method for cooking bratwurst on...

  • How to Eat the BRAT Diet

    Gastrointestinal distress is one of the worst health problems that anyone can suffer. The BRAT diet is often recommended as diarrhea treatment...

  • German Finger Foods for Kids

    Finger foods are a great way to introduce kids to German cuisine for fun or educational purposes. Whether at school or for...

  • How to Soak Fish Before Cooking

    If you love the taste of fresh fish, but do not love that fishy taste that sometimes accompanies the fillet, soak the...

  • How to Make Venison Bratwurst

    Bratwurst is a sausage that is German in origin, from the word brat (meaning finely chopped meat) and wurst (meaning sausage). Traditionally...

  • How to Make Venison Hamburger

    The average deer contains only 5 percent fat in its entire body, which is much lower than the average 25 percent body...

  • How to Beer Boil Brats

    Beer boiling produces brats that are perfectly crispy on the outside and tender, hot and juicy on the inside. Finishing off beer...

  • How to Cook Beer Brats

    Cooking beer brats can be done completely outdoors over the grill, but boiling them in beer for 15 minutes helps lock in...

Read Article

23 Simple Food Ideas for a Graduation Party

What's for Dinner, Pinner?
Get recipes based on your pins!