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Beer-Braised Brats

COOK TIME
40 mins
PREP TIME
5 mins
SERVINGS
6-8
RATE THIS RECIPE
(21)
Grayson Schmitz's Beer-Braised Brats
Grayson Schmitz's Beer-Braised BratsNathan Congleton/TODAY
COOK TIME
40 mins
PREP TIME
5 mins
SERVINGS
6-8
RATE THIS RECIPE
(21)

Ingredients

  • 12 bratwursts
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 large white onion, sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 5 dashes hot sauce
  • 4-5 bottles pale ale, preferably Leinenkugel's Wisconsin Red Pale Ale
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • To serve
  • 12 sausage or hot dog buns, buttered
  • Dijon mustard
  • Whole grain mustard
  • Ketchup
  • Pickles
  • Chef notes

    Braising hearty sausages in beer adds even more flavor to the smoky grilled links.

    Technique tip: Never pierce your bratwursts before you grill them. That just lets out all of the juicy goodness.

    Swap option: You can definitely use a lighter beer than the red pale ale I've suggested, but darker beers will impart a richer flavor. 

    Preparation

    Preheat your grill to medium-high heat. Grill the brats until golden brown but not cooked all the way though.

    Meanwhile, in a medium-sized Dutch oven, melt the butter. Add the onions and garlic and let cook until they are translucent but have not started to brown. Stir in the brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce and hot sauce. Place the grilled brats in the Dutch oven and cover with beer. Season the liquid with salt and pepper to taste. Simmer for about 30 minutes.

    Serve the beer-braised brats on a buttered brat bun. Garnish with your choice of condiments.