How to Beer Boil Brats

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Beer boiling produces brats that are perfectly crispy on the outside and tender, hot and juicy on the inside. Finishing off beer boiled brats on the grill gives them a nice brown color. The subtle taste of beer, onions and garlic contribute to delicious brats perfect for a summertime barbecue or any other casual celebration.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 cans of beer
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 2 tbsp. chopped garlic
  • 1 tbsp. salt
  • 1/2 tbsp. black pepper
  • Pour beer into a pasta pot on medium-high heat and bring to a boil.

  • Slice the onion into rings, then quarter them. Add onion slices, garlic, salt and black pepper to the pot.

  • Pierce the casing of the brats several times, then add to the pot.

  • Allow beer to boil again, adjust heat to medium and simmer for 15 minutes.

  • Pre-heat the indoor or outdoor grill to medium heat. Carefully remove brats from the beer and pat dry. Reserve onions from the beer as well.

  • Grill brats, turning frequently, until they are brown all over. This should take about 8 to 10 minutes.

  • Serve on hoagie rolls or hot dog buns with condiments of your choice, such as the grilled onions.

Tips & Warnings

  • Popular brat toppings or condiments include brown, dijon or spicy mustard, sauerkraut, ketchup and chopped raw onions.
  • Any beer can be used, but lager and other full-flavor beers work best.
  • Do not rely on beer boiling to fully cook your brats. If they are boiled too long, the casing may break.

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