In this beer brats recipe, perfectly grilled brats are kept hot & juicy in a flavorful beer & onion broth Brat Hot Tub!
Grilling season is the best time to gather with family and friends. And nothing sets the mood better than good food, like this sausage recipe. Everyone will love topping off these tender, flavorful, and juicy sausages with their favorite fixin’s.
What are Beer Brats?
A Beer Brat Hot Tub is simply a delicious simmering pan of flavorful beer & onion broth and grilled sausages.
Once the brats are grilled to perfection, they are placed into a hot tub filled with a warm beer broth. This will keep them hot and juicy and add lots of flavor without the brats drying out or burning. Guests will be able to serve themselves and the food will always be hot. This is the perfect summer bbq food, especially for large gatherings!
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- These sausages are grilled until they are smoky and hot.
- Keeping the brats in the flavorful beer bath will help them to stay warm and juicy and adds lots of flavor.
- The warm bath will make it easy for guests to reach in and serve themselves.
- It won’t take long for these to be devoured!
This post has been created in partnership with Johnsonville.
Ingredients & Variations
BRATS We use Johnsonville original Brats which are loaded with flavor but there are so many other varieties that all work perfectly in this recipe including Buffalo Bleu Brats or these Cheddar Brats just to name a few. Choose your favorites!
BEER A lager is the best choice for this recipe because of its mild flavor. However, if a lager is not available, any beer will do.
ONIONS Onions add flavor and become soft and sweet cooked in the beer. I sometimes add bell peppers to the mix.
Before the guests arrive, set out a huge array of toppings for these grilled brats.
- Start with the homemade dill pickle relish below or chop up a jar of pickles.
- Try any of the following mustard (or several varieties of mustard!), onions, sauerkraut, tomatoes, hot peppers, cheese, crumbled bacon, and more!
How to Cook Beer Brats
Make these on the grill or in the oven.
- Preheat grill. Simmer the beer mixture (brats can be cooked in the beer before grilling if you’d like).
- Grill the brats (per the recipe below).
- Add the cooked brats to the bath and let them simmer.
In the oven: These can be easily cooked under the broiler. Turn on the broiler. Place sausages in a broiler pan, and cook for 5 minutes. Turn and cook for another 5. The internal temperature should reach 165°F.
On the Stove: Make the bath on the stove. Add the ingredients to a pot and simmer on the stove.
In the Crock: Make the beer bath in the slow cooker. Turn on the warming function. Add the sausages to the pot.
Best Beer Brat Tips
A few quick tips to grill the perfect Brats.
- Use tongs and not a fork to ensure they’re nice and juicy (don’t pierce the brats).
- Prepare the Beer Brat Hot Tub on one side of the grill and allow it to simmer while the brats are being grilled.
- Turn the Brats frequently while grilling over medium heat.
- Closing the lid while grilling will help minimize flare-ups.
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Did you make these Beer Brats? Be sure to leave a rating and a comment below!
- 2 packages Johnsonville Brats any flavor, 19 oz each per package
- 2 cans light beer
- 2 white onions sliced
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 splash dill pickle juice (optional)
- red & green bell peppers (optional)
- Preheat grill to grill to medium-low.
- Place a disposable 9"x11" foil pan on the grill. Add beer, butter, onions, & pickle juice (if using). Set off to one side of the grill and allow to simmer and cook.
- Cook brats on the grill over medium heat until golden and cooked through, 15-20 minutes. *see note
- Once grilled, add the cooked Brats to the hot tub and let them simmer for at least 30-40 minutes.
- If adding bell peppers, lightly olive oil the outside of the bell peppers and season with salt and pepper. Grill until tender-crisp, slice and add to the beer along with the brats.
- 2 tablespoons white onion diced
- 1 ½ cups dill pickles chopped
- 1 ½ teaspoons sugar
- 1 tablespoon dijon mustard grainy
- ½ teaspoon paprika
- ½ teaspoon dry mustard
Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.
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