Bratwursts in a Beer Bath

  • Recipe Type


  • Skill Level


  • Grill Time

    <1 hour

  • Method


  • Servings

    Serves 4

Summertime is here and grilling season is officially under way.  But, trying to decide what to grill can be the wurst!  Whether you’re headed to the beach, a tailgate or just hanging around the backyard, bratwursts cooked in beer is a sure fire hit.  The way that the flavors all meld together to create this tasty German influenced dish is a real treat for the taste buds.

There are many ways to prepare bratwurst and we feel that braised in beer with all the other goodies mentioned above, then thrown on a hot grill over open flames is the absolute best way.  You can feel free to add other flavorings or seasonings to the sauerkraut mixture, but we prefer to leave it just the way that it is with all the natural flavors combining.  Wherever you are headed, be sure to include this summertime grilling treat for you and your guests and just watch their faces light up as they enjoy the deliciousness that you have created.  Be sure to watch the step-by-step video and see how we make our brats!


  1. Prepare your grill for 2 zone cooking, one side hot, one side not.  350° is a great temperature for this.
  2. Place the bratwurst, butter, onion, sauerkraut, pepper, and beer into a disposable aluminum foil pan and place it on the indirect side of the grill and close the lid.
  3. Cook for approximately 45 minutes or until the liquids have boiled out of the pan.  You can leave it to cook a bit longer so the onions and kraut begin to brown, this will add another level of flavor.
  4. Remove the pan from the grill and remove the bratwurst from the pan.  Place them on the direct heat side of the grill and turn frequently.  Cook until each one has a good char on the outside.  Place each of the sliced buns over the direct side and cook just until they start to toast.
  5. Place a brat in the bun. Top with mustard.  Scoop some of the sauerkraut mixture on top.


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