Beer brats – a staple for any summer party

25 May

Since the weather is FINALLY getting warmer, I thought I would share a great summer recipe with you. As you most likely know, I am from Wisconsin and damn proud of it. Something we enjoy for most of the year but especially enjoy in the summertime are beer brats. I can’t remember many C-dog family summer gatherings without this dish. Of course I’m going to brag a little bit, no one will ever make beer brats like my Grandpa (yesterday was his 83rd birthday!). But this recipe does his justice. This dish isn’t hard to make but it will MAKE any summer party.

Here you go! This recipe feeds between 6-8, it just depends on how many brats you put down.


  • 2 package of brats (if you can buy fresh or homemade do it!)
  • 2 12oz bottles or cans of beer – just enough to cover the brats (something light usually works best – think PBR)
  • 1 medium white/yellow onion
  • Prepared sauerkraut
  • Brat buns – similar to like a hard roll but in hotdog roll shape (as they’re called in my family – these are NOT hotdog buns – don’t even think about putting a brat on a hotdog bun)
  • Mustard


Slice the onion. Add all of the brats to a saucepan cover with the beer. Add the onions and turn up the heat. Bring the mixture to a boil and reduce heat to simmer until the brats are cooked. While they’re cooking, heat up your grill (charcoal works best, but gas will do too). Once the brats are boiled remove them from the heat and add them to the grill. Grill to desired crispiness. (Personally I love mine blackened!) Remove from the grill and place back into the heated beer mixture. Serve with the onions, sauerkraut and your favorite mustard*.


*Editors note: If I find out that you put ketchup on your brat I will disown you. Ketchup belongs NOWHERE near a beer brat. You’ve been warned!



6 Responses to “Beer brats – a staple for any summer party”

  1. Love Muffin May 26, 2011 at 6:17 am #

    You will need at least 4 more beers to properly complete this recipe. Two will be needed during the cooking process (is it possible to grill without a beer?) and two will be needed during the meal to enjoy with your brat. So you might as well get a six pack. And brat is pronounced with a long a, not brat with a short a. A brat is a fabulous summer meal, but a brat is your offspring (or sibling if you dont have kids). Enjoy your long weekend!

    • Emily May 26, 2011 at 11:37 am #

      Ahhhh, love me a good brat! “Love Muffin” are you sure you aren’t really from Wisco and just holding out on us?! I can’t even tell you how many people have asked me if Jack and I are serving brats and kraut at our wedding…

  2. Flip June 1, 2011 at 11:28 am #

    These look great – thanks for the tweet! To enter this as a Grilling Is Happiness Ambassador post, make sure you add Sears: Grilling Is Happiness and a link to Keep up the great grilling.

  3. Jeannette Lowenstein June 21, 2011 at 8:55 pm #

    Hi there I am so thrilled I found your website. A good read. Thanks for your blog and keep the posts coming.


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