As easy as it sounds, there are some definite rules to grilling a good brat. First and foremost, never buy precooked bratwurst. Ever. I’m all for convenience, but these do nothing to enhance one’s brat-eating experience.
Second, simmer the brats before grilling. Precooking the sausages makes them less likely to split on the grill, which means the brat stays moist because juices aren’t leaking out of the casing. So, should you simmer them in water or beer? In my opinion, use water. The alcohol in the beer tends to dry out the meat. You can drink the beer while you’re grilling the brats!
Makes 4 bratwurst
Total time: 30 minutes
- 4 uncooked bratwurst
- 4 unsliced brat buns, cut lengthwise through the top
Preheat grill to medium-high. Simmer bratwurst in water in a large saucepan over medium-high heat until nearly cooked through, 10 minutes; drain. Grill bratwurst until lightly charred and no longer pink in the center. Place buns, cut side down, on top of bratwurst to heat through. Serve with kraut.
Per bratwurst with 1/3 cup kraut: 559 calories; 64% calories from fat; 40g total fat; 31g carb.; 1316mg sodium; 3g fiber; 20g protein