Beer-Braised Brats


Cooking brats in beer before grilling adds flavor and keeps them from burning on the outside before they're cooked on the inside. They're great for a backyard barbecue.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
40 mins


  • 2 tablespoon butter

  • ½ cup thinly sliced onion

  • 1 12 ounce bottle or can dark German beer

  • 1 tablespoon packed brown sugar

  • 1 tablespoon vinegar

  • ½ teaspoon caraway seeds

  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme, crushed

  • ½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

  • 5 uncooked bratwurst links (1-1/4 pounds)

  • 5 hoagie buns, bratwursts buns, or other crusty rolls, split and toasted

  • 1 recipe Easy Cranberry-Pickle Relish

Easy Cranberry-Pickle Relish

  • ½ cup canned whole cranberry sauce

  • ¼ cup sweet pickle relish


  1. In a 4-quart Dutch oven, heat butter over medium heat. Add onion; cook and stir about 5 minutes or until tender. Add beer, brown sugar, vinegar, caraway seeds, thyme, and Worcestershire sauce. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Place bratwursts in beer mixture. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes.

  2. Using tongs, remove bratwursts from cooking liquid. If desired, reserve cooking liquid. In a grill pan or a 10-inch skillet cook bratwursts over medium heat about 10 minutes or until brown and an instant-read thermometer inserted into bratwursts registers 160F, turning occasionally. If desired, return bratwursts to cooking liquid to keep warm until serving time.

  3. To serve, place grilled bratwursts in buns. Using a slotted spoon, top with onion slices and Easy Cranberry-Pickle Relish. Makes 5 sandwiches.

Easy Cranberry-Pickle Relish

  1. In a small bowl, combine canned whole cranberry sauce and sweet pickle relish.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)

955 Calories
45g Fat
99g Carbs
36g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 5
Calories 955
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 45g 58%
Saturated Fat 20g 100%
Cholesterol 89mg 30%
Sodium 1840mg 80%
Total Carbohydrate 99g 36%
Protein 36g
Calcium 131.3mg 10%
Iron 5.8mg 32%
Potassium 200mg 4%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.