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Easy Charcoal Grilled Brats The Best Beer Brats Recipe

Grilled brats are a favorite all over the world. This beer brats recipe is one I picked up when I lived in the midwest and is one I forgot how good it actually was until the other night.

Brats or Bratwurst is a flavor packed Sausage that originated from Germany. That has become a staple in many homes around the US. Bratwurst is light enough to have for lunch and can easily be used for dinner.

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Grilled Brats-Brats on grill

Brats Are great for the family barbecue or even that anticipated tailgate party. Brats are an easy item to grill but also an easy item to mess up. If possible, you want to keep from letting the brat casing break as much as possible. It is not always possible but the brat will hold its flavor better the more the casing stays unbroke.

Grilled Brats- Raw Brats on a rack

Choosing Your Brats

Pre-cooked bratwursts. Are the most common and easily found in the refrigerated sections by the hot dogs in your local grocery stores. A common example would be stadium brats. They’re made with lighter pork and have great flavor.

Uncooked brats. You can find these at the meat counter in your grocery store, and often in the same section as the pre-cooked brats, you just have to look. It will depend on how your local grocery store does it. They will also offer different flavors, so you can find your absolute favorite kind of a brat. A lot just depends on how you are cooking them.

I prefer uncooked brats normally unless I have something specific in mind then I will grab some pre-cooked brats.

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Grilled Brats

There are many methods for grilling bratwurst. You can grill them on a gas grill, pellet grill, and or charcoal grill.

For this particular recipe, we are going to use a charcoal grill. A weber original kettle grill. Be sure to check out my review on it if you have time. It is a great grill and always performs well.

Getting Started To Make Beer Brats.

  • 6 -12 brats uncooked flavored or unflavored
  • 1 stick butter
  • 2tbsp minced garlic
  • 1-2 onions sliced
  • 16oz-22 oz beer (your choice of type)
  • 2 tbsp Kosher Salt
  • 2 tbsp groundblack pepper

Grilled Beer Brats Recipe

we will be using a combination of direct and indirect heat for this cook

The first thing we are going to do is Set up the grill for 2 zone cooking have a hot and cold zone. You want to have the charcoal on one side of the grill for direct heat(hot side). and the other for indirect (cold side)

Place Cast iron skillet on the hot side of the grill. Put butter in cast iron skillet and let start melting. (use your preferred pan type) disposable aluminum pans work great too.

Once the butter has started to meltdown add the sliced onions, garlic and salt, and pepper

Once the onions have started to turn translucent, add the beer.

Bring to a boil over direct heat then move to the cold side of the grill.

Add brats and cook 15-20 minutes Remove brats and start searing on the hot side(direct heat) Grill brats for 2-3 minutes per side until the desired sear. Looking for an internal temp of 160° F for the Brats.

Add brats back into beer bath. continue to cook if onions still need more cook time(They should be good by this time) Once ready bring in and server. Can cover to help keep warm

beer Brats Recipe-Brats on the grill

Easy Charcoal Grilled Brats The Best Beer Brats Recipe

Great tasting Brats that everyone will love
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Resting time 0 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people
Calories 260 kcal


  • Charcoal grill/gas grill
  • Cast iron skill/disposable aluminium pan


  • 12 Brats Uncooked
  • 1 Stick Butter
  • 2 tbsp Minced Garlic
  • 2 med Sliced Onions
  • 2 tbsp Kosher Salt
  • 2 tbsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 2 12 oz Beer Use your prefered beer of choice


  • Get your grill up to temp. Set Charcoal grill up for 2 zone grilling
    How Long Do You Cook Grilled Chicken-charcoal on side of grill
  • Place Cast Iron Skillet on hot side of grill
    Grilled Brats-Cast Iron skillet on Grill
  • Place stick of butter on skillet and let it melt down
    Grilled Brats-Cast Iron skillet on Grill with butter
  • Once butter has softened and started to melt add sliced onions
    Grilled Brats-Cast Iron skillet on Grill with butter and
  • Add salt and pepper to your liking. close lid and let simmer.
    Beer Brats recipe-adding salt and pepper
  • Let the onion cook for 5-7 mins stir as desire. want to let them start to get translucent in color.
    Beer Brats recipe-adding salt and pepper
  • Add beer and Minced Garlic
    Beer Brats recipe-Adding beer and minced Garlic
  • Add brats. close lid for 3-4 mins bring to boil
    Beer Brats recipe-Adding Brats
  • Once it starts to boil move pan to cold side of grill and let. Close lid and cook for 20 mins
    Beer Brats recipe-Closing lid
  • After 20 mins you can remove brats and sear them on the hot side of grill. Flip every 2 mins until you get the desired sear on brats
  • Once seared place back in beer bat. You want an internal temp of 160° F. You can go over some but becareful to get 160° at least.
    Beer Brats recipe-placing brats back in beer bath
  • After Brats are all seared . It time to remove from grill and serve. Place on your favorite type of bread and add your favorite condiments
    Beer Brats recipe-Making a brat


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