Bratwursts, a staple of many Midwestern barbecues, are usually made alongside hot dogs and hamburgers on the grill. But unlike hot dogs and hamburgers, you should prepare brats ahead of time before placing them on the grill. The high heat of the grill can cause the sausages to split before they’re fully cooked. One process that is common is to boil bratwursts in beer before grilling, which helps slowly raise the internal temperature of the brats as well as add flavor.

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Heat a large skillet on medium-heat heat. Add two or three bottles of beer to the skillet. Add the bratwursts to the skillet.

Cook the bratwursts on medium-high heat until the beer begins to boil. Turn the heat down to medium or medium low so the beer simmers but does not boil.

Cook the brats in beer for about 15 minutes. Use tongs to turn the brats so they do not stick to the bottom of the skillet. Add more beer as needed. Remove the brats from the skillet and set aside.

Turn on the grill.

Clean the grill with a grill brush while it is heating. Wipe the grates clean with paper towel using long-handled tongs. Wipe the grill grates with a paper towel soaked in vegetable oil. Repeat several times to coat the grates well.

Place the brats on the grill and cook them for about two minutes. Flip the bratwursts with tongs. Move the brats around by flipping them on each side for another six minutes. After 10 minutes, remove the bratwursts and set them aside. Allow the brats to rest for five minutes before serving.


  • If you’re using a charcoal grill, create a hot zone and a warm zone by placing the briquettes under half of the grilling surface. Move the bratwursts between the hot zone and warm zone so the brats do not burn or begin to split.