How to Soak Brats in Beer

by Andy Jackson ; Updated September 28, 2017

Soaking brats in beer prior to grilling adds another layer of flavor.

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Bratwurst, or brats, are German sausages traditionally made from a blend of veal, pork or beef. Brats are one of the many summer grilling staples and are delicious straight from the package to the grill. To add another layer of flavor to your meat, as well as avoid over cooking on the grill, try soaking the brats in beer prior to grilling. The beer bath also creates a flavorful onion garnish that you can serve with your brats.

Combine the beer, onions and bay leaf in the large pot. Turn the heat to high to bring the beer to a boil.

Prick the ends of each brat with a toothpick. Add the brats to the beer.

Reduce the heat to simmer. Let the brats soak for at least 30 minutes.

Remove the brats from the beer bath. Grill or cook as desired.


  • Leave the onion and beer mixture on the stove. Remove the bay leaves and turn the heat to medium. Let the beer mixture heat uncovered, stirring frequently, until the beer evaporates. Transfer the onions to a serving dish and use them to garnish the brats.

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  • “Weber's Big Book of Grilling”; Jamie Purviance, et al; 2001

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About the Author

Andy Jackson has been writing professionally since 2010. He is a certified personal trainer and yoga instructor in Cincinnati, Ohio. Jackson is also a lifestyle and weight management consultant whose work has appeared in various online publications. He holds a Bachelor of Science in kinesiology and health, and a Master of Science in sports studies from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.