Beer Brats

Beer Brats

The Day of German Unity … Is there a better way to celebrate this with beer, brats and open fire? No! So lets take this essential ingredients and make an awesome recipe: Beer BratsI discovered this recepie at the BBQ Pit Boys Youtube channel. It was kinda weird to see that they use a german ketchup and mustard. But it seems that we do have some good BBQ related stuff that we export.
Anyway… a few months later a friend of mine asked me about a quick and simple recipe for him and his neighbor. Of course instantly one recipe came to my mind: beer brats!

Beer Brats:

Beer Brats – or in German:  Bier Bratwürstchen – can be made on nearly every grill. It can be a cheap $10 grill from a store, an electric or gas fuled one. It doesn’t matter.
You only need some standard ingredients, that everybody has.


  • Beer
  • fresh Brats – this time I had 2 different brats. One was seasoned with hot pepper the other had a finer texture
  • bell pepper
  • onions
  • hotdog buns
  • mustard
  • ketchup – have fun finding that delicious “Curry Gewürz Ketchup” in the USA. I always have to supply a friend of mine 😉



  1. Finding the right beer!!!
    I had to try this recipe 4 times until I found the correct beer. In the beginning the bell pepper had a strong bitter taste.
    In general I dont drink much beer, so that a friend of mine supplied me with this beer. He recommended it, because it has a mild taste to it.
  2. Fire up the grill: You need direct heat and, if possible, indirectet heat. You want to go with a medium heat, so briketts are the best choice.



As with every recipe on this blog: Take a look at the pictures. The preperation is real simple:

  • Cut the bell peppers and the onions. – keep in mind that you want to put them on a bun. So big chunks are not useful.
  • Put the brats and the veggie in a heat resistant container. – I don’t poke the brats, so they stay juicy on the inside.
  • Pour in the beer – There should be so much beer in the container, that the brats a nearly covered. I used 2 bottles of beer in this recipe
  • Simmer for about 20-30 min over direct heat. If the brats are not completly coverd with beer, flip them in between.
  • When the brats are ready, put the container over indirect heat.
  • Put the Beer Brats over direct heat and give them a nice sear.
  • Warm up or toast the hotdog buns.
  • When the brats are ready, put everything in the bun: the veggies, mustard, ketchup and of course the beer brats! Now you are ready to enjoy!



The combination of beer and bratwurst is awesome! The sometimes bitter bell pepper is well moderated by the sweet ketchup and the bun.  If you have a big grill this is a perfect recipe for a summer party with lot of people.  To make it more german you can heat up a pot with sauerkraut and a shot of beer and add this to your bun.




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