Traditional American Recipies

Bowl Season Beer Grilled Bratwursts

Be ready for Bowl season this year with these great Beer Grilled Bratwursts!

It’s College football Bowl season and the NFL is gearing up for the playoffs and the Super Bowl! That means that there is a good chance that a whole bunch of football fans are, or will soon be, tossing bratwursts on hot grills all over the country!

Grilling a bratwurst is a simple activity. But for some reason people seem to get a bit waded up on the proper method. Let me say this – there are a few rules when it comes to grilling a “brat” but other than that the basics are easy.

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The Basics of Grilling Brats

Here’s the basics – grill bratwursts until they are done, try not to pierce the skin, serve them up and eat them. That’s it! Yea – that is kind of boring! That’s why so many people add extra steps – it’s mostly an effort to put one’s own signature on a dish.

Bratwurst Extras

There are a ton of extras people do when grilling brats! I can’t argue with any off them as I’ve done them all. Here’s one – Yes – you can grill, par grill, par boil bratwursts in a pan with beer. Another is that you need to add sliced onions and green peppers to the beer. You can also add fruit slices, use sodas instead of beer, toss in sliced jalapenos, and more.

That’s all great – but… if you’re not supposed to break the skin on a brat… then how does the extra flavor in the pan make it into the brat? – Here’s the truth… only a little bit does! The cooking of the bratwurst expands the meat causing juices to be pushed out!

That means that while some of the beer and veggie flavor does transfer to the brat the real flavor swap comes from the juice of the brat being added to the stuff you have in the foil pan! Which is fantastic if you use the onions and peppers as toppers! Suddenly you have bratwurst flavored grilled veggies and that’s a good thing!

The End Result

Yes, the grilled bratwursts pick up some of the beer and vegetable flavor but not to the extent people think. Here’s the end result. You have a grilled bratwurst with a bit of added flavor. You have some tasty veggies with a ton of added flavor from the bratwurst juice. And, combined with a dash of your favorite condiments (such as my beer mustard) you have a dang good finished product that’s perfect for grilling at a bowl game tailgate or in the back yard!

Here’s my method for grilling bratwursts with the added beer and veggies. Enjoy!

Kent’s Beer Grilled Bratwursts

Ingredients

  • A few cans of beer
  • 10 – 12 bratwursts
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • Bell pepper sliced, red, green, yellow – your choice
  • Garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper
  • Buns
  • Sauerkraut if desired

Directions

  1. Get your grill ready and a foil pan filled with beer, onions, peppers, and spices.
  2. Give the brats a few minutes on the grill, place them in the beer mix, return to the grill for a few minutes, return to the beer, then return to the grill.
  3. Repeat as needed before serving. Serve up on deli style hoagie or hotdog buns topped the veggies / drained, a bit of sauerkraut, and with tangy mustard or my beer mustard!

If you love cooking out on the grill be sure to check out this Jalapeno Pepper and Ham Quiche.

 

Beer Grilled Bratwursts

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Serves: 6 Cooking Time: Approx 30 Minutes.

Ingredients

  • A few cans of beer
  • 10 - 12 bratwursts
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • Bell pepper sliced, red, green, yellow – your choice
  • Garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper
  • Buns
  • Sauerkraut if desired

Instructions

1

Get your grill ready and a foil pan filled with beer, onions, peppers, and spices.

2

Give the brats a few minutes on the grill, place them in the beer mix, return to the grill for a few minutes, return to the beer, then return to the grill.

3

Repeat as needed before serving. Serve up on deli style hoagie or hotdog buns topped the veggies / drained, a bit of sauerkraut, and with tangy mustard or my beer mustard!

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