Hmmmm, let’s talk about Grilled Beer Brats on the Big Green Egg!!! There is part of me that thinks I should save this recipe until September or October. That way it will be fresh for the Oktoberfest time frame but what the heck.
We bought these brats with the plan to make them this weekend. We expected the temperatures to be a bit warmer this weekend and wanted to spend that rare January day outside grilling. Hooray for 60 degree weather! This was a welcomed, yet easy, treat after our hike.
Several years ago, I came home to find Jason standing over the stove, simmering brats in beer. I was shocked! You know that feeling when your spouse does something so out of character that it made you do a double take? That was what happened in our kitchen that day.
Jason loves to be in the kitchen, loves to grill, and has a million grilling/cooking ideas but just doesn’t just randomly cook when I’m not around so this was a sweet surprise!
How many more times should I mention that some of the tastiest meals are the easiest?
This one has you picking out your favorite brats at the supermarket and then simmer them in your favorite beer. Follow that up with a little bit time on the grill and you have the most amazing Beer Brats on the Big Green Egg.
Beer has really seen a resurgence in recent years. It is no longer just plain ol’ lager or stout. Now, there are hundreds of varieties available at most grocery stores and specialty stores.
Add a Favorite Beer
We have tried these Beer Brats with a couple different beers but we always seem to come back to our favorite, which is Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA. Deschutes is an incredible brewhouse out of Bend, Oregon that is expanding nationwide. If you can, try to find it at your grocery store. It is well worth it!
Back to the beer. This recipe is similar to our Beer Bread as the beer will really influence the flavor. So, it’s best to start with something you know you love and move on from there.
Be bold, and try a seasonal cherry-infused or a rich Belgian and experience the flavor differences. Love this recipe because it is limitless in the flavor outcome that you can get with just changing the beer or changing which brats you pick at the store.
Here’s hoping there are some left for Jason’s lunch this week.
Preparing the Grilled Beer Brats
Start by sauteing sliced onion in a pan with a tablespoon of olive oil. Don’t touch it. Seriously, hands off! We are all so excited to keep it going and want to mix it up but really, don’t even think about touching it.
Wait about 5-8 minutes on the first side. You will see the browned edges of the onion. You don’t need to move it to see it. Only after the onions have had a chance to brown, can stir and saute a bit more.
Pour 2 bottles of your favorite beer into the sautéed onions and bring the mixture to a boil. Once you reach a boil, add the brats (they will not be fully immersed in the beer/onion mixture) and turn the stovetop to a simmer. Cover it with a lid and let simmer for about 15 minutes.
When it is fully cooked, add them to the BGE on direct heat for 2-3 minutes. Flip them over and grill for another 2-3 minutes for that nice and tasty sear.
At the same time, keep the beer and onion mixture simmering to reduce the beer by half. Add the cooked onion mixture to cover the brats and serve!
Until next time, enjoy!
- 2-3 packages favorite brats
- 1 whole onion, sliced
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 bottles favorite beer
Beer and Onion Mixture
- Add olive oil and sauté onions until browned. Try to let them stay in place long enough to get a nice brown side to them.
- Slowly pour beer into the pan with the onions.
- Bring to a boil and add the brats.
- Reduce to a simmer and cover for about 15-20 minutes (until the brats are cooked through)
Prepare the Big Green Egg
- Using direct heat, bring the BGE up to 400 degrees
- Sear the brats on both sides. It is usually 3 minutes per side.
- After removing the brats, uncover, and simmer to reduce the mixture in half
- Add the beer brats to a cooking dish and carefully pour the onion mixture
- Eat and Enjoy!!!