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May 22, 2011
Simple Beer Brats

It is officially grilling season! The weather is nice and warm and there is no rain in sight. The grocery store had lots of sales on meats today but I decided to go with a simple pack of bratwurst. This is a simple yet classic meal: beer soaked brats.

Here's what I did:


Bratwurst (original or plain; not beer flavored)
2 cans of Budweiser

Slice 1 whole onion into chunks and smash a couple of cloves of garlic. The amounts are really not important as this step is only for flavoring the beer. Pour the beer into a sauce pan and then toss the onion and garlic in there as well. Add the brats and simmer on low heat. A pack of 5 brats will fit just fine with 2 beers. Scale up accordingly.

brats simmering in beer

Once the beer is simmering (a very low heat) you will notice that the brats will turn grey. This is normal. The beer, onion, and garlic flavors are permeating into the brats. Mmmmmmmm. While the brats are simmering light a charcoal chimney for medium heat (about half full). You really don't want a hot heat here. Medium low will even work just fine.

Once the coals are ready spread them out thin and toss your brats over direct heat.

brats on the grill

Today I had some corn on the cob also over direct heat. Take note of that aluminum foil pan. I poured some beer into an aluminum tin and tossed the sauerkraut and a few slivers of onion in as well. The corn, the brats and the sauerkraut were all placed over direct medium heat.

brats on the grill

The medium heat allows you to close the lid and sit back and relax. It is really hard to burn things over medium heat.

brats on the grill

After everything is cooked toss the brats on a bun and top it with sauerkraut. Fantastic!!!!!

brats on the grill

I call this an easy, relaxing, no stress grilling meal. The best part is that it is so tasty. I love the flavor of the juicy beer brats along with the salty sauerkraut. I prefer mustard on top of my brat as well but they are just as good plain!

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