It wouldn’t be summer without my favorite, most foolproof Beer Brats recipe ever, straight from the Midwest. After all, when something is so easy to make and tastes so darn good, yeah sure you betcha, I’ll be making Wisconsin Beer Brats every chance I get.
What are Wisconsin Beer Brats?
Beer brats are juicy bratwursts that have been cooked in beer and then browned with onions, served on a bun with all the toppings. Making them is a time-honored Midwestern tradition, and no summer barbecue or tailgate party would be complete without them. It’s one of the many things Wisconsinites do best!
How do you make Wisconsin Beer Brats?
This recipe is the classic version for the juiciest, most flavorful brats ever. I boil the brats on the stove in a mixture of beer and water, then I add some sliced onions and a pinch of chili flakes. When the brats are cooked through, I brown them up in a pan or on the grill.
Can Beer Brats be made ahead of time?
Yep, and in fact, I boil up the bratwursts the night before to save time, and brown them on the grill when I’m ready to serve them.
What are the best brats for Wisconsin Beer Brats?
Always start with raw bratwursts, not those pre-cooked monstrosities. Basic grocery brats are just fine, but if you have a good butcher, you might try out one of their small batch brats, as well. You might find end up with an award winning bratwurst.
What beer do you use for Beer Brats?
Whatever you got! If you have to shop for beer, a traditional lager works well. Some swear by IPA, while yet others insist on stout. It all depends on what beer you like the best, because you’ll probably be drinking the leftovers.
How much beer do you use to make Beer Brats?
I use one 12 ounce can for every 5-6 bratwursts.
Can you cook Wisconsin Beer Brats in a slow cooker?
For parties where guests will be showing up over a long period of time, Wisconsin Beer Brats can be cooked in a crock pot and kept warm until ready to serve. I recommend doing things in a slightly reverse order, though. First, I brown the brats in a pan, then place them in the slow cooker with all the other ingredients. Cook for 4 hours on high, or 7-8 on low.
What do you put on Beer Brats?
For fun and so that everyone can make their own brat just the way they like, I create a topping bar with sauerkraut, onions, relish, pickles, ketchup, and a couple different mild and spicy mustards.
Can Wisconsin Beer Brats be made without beer?
If you are looking for a way to make Wisconsin Beer Brats without beer, substitute ginger ale in its place.
What do you serve with Beer Brats?
Wisconsin Beer Brats
- 10 uncooked bratwurst
- 1 large onion thinly sliced
- 2 teaspoons red chili flakes optional
- 4 (12 ounce) cans beer
- 10 brat buns split, for serving
- Ketchup mustard, relish, sauerkraut, and cooked onions, for serving
- Preheat grill over medium-high heat. Clean and oil grate.
- In a large pot over medium-high heat, add brats, onion, red chili flakes (if using) and beer.
- Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer until brats are cooked through, about 10 to 12 minutes. Remove brats to a bowl or platter. Continue cooking onions in beer while grilling the brats (use as a topping if desired).
- Increase heat to medium and cook brats, turning frequently, until browned, about 5 minutes. Serve in buns with your favorite toppings.