Beer Brats

Bratwurst are great pork sausages that you can fry, bake and grill and are always sure to please a crowd

 Our bratwurst start their day cooking in a nice relaxing beer, onion and butter bath (they love this)

Now you can do this step in a foil pan,  in the oven or on the grill, or if your pressed for time, in  slow cooker which is what we are going to do

So just place the brats in the pot in a layer

  I have 10  sausages here


 Next up we will need some simple ingredients

 At least 2 Pilsner type beers, 1-2 Ales (little bit darker, more robust), 1 medium onion, 1 stick of butter, and 1 teaspoon each of kosher salt, ground black pepper, garlic powder and onion powder


Peel and chop the onion

Cut the butter length wise, then in half, then into chunks


Sprinkle the onion, butter, salt, pepper, garlic and onion powder over the brats


Lets start pouring in the beer (yeah!)

I like to use a mix of beer, however what your really looking for here, is to cover the brats completely

Now, this next bit may terrify you

Beer may be left over

My advice, get a glass and drink it!

Cover the brats and cook on high for at least 2 1/2  hours in the slow cooker


At this point the brats are cooked fully and infused with a great beer flavor


Time to eat?

Nope…We are not done yet

  Let’s give them a sear for some extra flavor

You can hit the grill at this point, the broiler as well, I’m using a cast iron pan

Once they have a nice brown sear,  I put them back in the beer bath to rest and absorb even more great flavor!

Lets serve them with some of the onions they have been cooking in and your favorite toppings!

Beer Brats


Simply Sundays! ~ Beer Brats

  • Servings: 10
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10 bratwurst sausages

1 medium onion chopped

1 stick of butter cut into chunks

1 teaspoon each of kosher salt, ground black pepper and garlic powder

2 Pilsner style beers

1 – 2 Ale style beers


Place the brats in a layer in your slow cooker

Peel and chop the onion.  Cut the butter length wise, then in half, then into chunks

Sprinkle the onion, butter, salt, pepper, garlic powder and onion powder over the brats

Next, pour in the 2 Pilsner beers and a Lager.  If the sausage is covered, your good to go. If not, then add some more Lager

Cook on high for 2 1/2 hours.  Remove the brats and sear for about 3 minutes on both sides in a cast iron pan.  Place back into the beer bath until your ready to serve

Tools used to make this recipe

Instant Pot 7-in-1 Pressure Cooker

Lodge Cast Iron Pan

Simply Bamboo Cutting Board

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6 comments on “Beer Brats

  1. Does this cook out the alcohol? Can it be served to kids?

  2. Can you kick them up to pressure cook after a while? We’re hungry…

    • simplysundaysfoodblog

      Hi Wendy – we’ve tried the brats in the pressure cooker. 15 minutes under pressure then natural release. Saute to brown up a bit and put back in the liquid to keep warm. Such a time saver!

  3. How long do you cook them in the Insta pot?

    • simplysundaysfoodblog

      Hi – we cook them in the instant pot for 2 1/2 hours on slow cook.

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