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Beer-Braised Bratwurst

Beer-braised bratwurst with horseradish and dill is a super flavorful and easy to make recipe. The bold ingredient flavors pair nicely with this popular German sausage.

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There are so many ways to cook bratwurst sausage, but my all-time favorite way is to braise them in the oven.

That way, not only does the oven do all the work, but the aroma in the house as the beer brats cook makes everyone’s salivary glands work overtime.

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The ingredient list:

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What is braising, and how is it done?

Braising is essentially cooking a protein (or other solid food) in liquid. In this case, the liquid is beer and the solid is the bratwurst sausage.

Braising can be done on top of the stove, or in the oven.

For this recipe, I’ve chosen to braise the bratwurst in the oven at a temperature of 375-degrees.

Is braising the same thing as boiling?

No. To boil is to bring a liquid to an excitable movement with large, continual bubbles.

Boiling usually calls for a large amount of liquid, with the cooking vessel remaining (more times than not), uncovered.

To braise is to bring a liquid to a medium/low simmer, with the cooking vessel typically covered.

Braising only partially covers the food with the cooking liquid (halfway), whereas boiling a food item will typically be fully submerged.

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How long will it take to braise bratwurst in the oven?

For this beer-braised bratwurst recipe, it will take approximately 50 minutes in the oven.

What type of meat is bratwurst sausage made from?

Bratwurst is most commonly made from ground pork, but it can also be made from ground veal and beef.

Other delicious bratwurst recipes:

*Bratwurst Appetizer Bites Wrapped In Crescent Rolls (pictured below and in the featured video) from (yours truly) Kudos Kitchen.

“Easy Bratwurst Bites Wrapped in Crescent Dough with Sauerkraut Dipping Sauce are just the thing to serve during a party or for tailgating. They’re also super simple to make and everybody loves them!”

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*Easy Bratwurst Pasta from Blackberry Babe

*Beer Battered Bratwurst on a Stick (pictured below) from (yours truly) Kudos Kitchen

“My Kudos Kitchen recipe for Bratwurst on a Stick with Fried Cornmeal Beer Batter is a fun and deliciously different take on a corn dog. It’s the best, make that WURST, corn dog you’ll ever eat!”

A pile of beer battered bratwurst on a stick with mustard.

*Bratwurst Salad with Creamy Mustard Dressing from Four Hats and Frugal

*German Onion Soup with Beer and Bratwurst (pictured below) from (yours truly) Kudos Kitchen

“German Onion Soup has plenty of caramelized onions, beer, bratwurst and pretzel roll croutons which will soon become a family favorite! Surprise! I’ll bet you didn’t see that coming.”

A bowl of German onion soup with cheese, bratwurst, pretzel croutons, and a glass of beer in the background.

*Grilled Bacon Wrapped Bratwurst from Homemade Food Junkie

*Beer Braised Bratwurst with Horseradish and Dill (pictured below) THIS IS THE PLACE!! See below for the recipe.

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How to make beer-braised bratwurst with horseradish and dill:

  • Preheat oven to 375-degrees.
  • Add the uncooked bratwurst to a large skillet. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the beer, prepared horseradish, garlic, caraway seeds, dill weed, allspice, black pepper, and dill pickle relish.
  • Pour the beer mixture over the bratwurst in the skillet, and cover (but with a slight vent).
  • Place the skillet in the preheated oven and cook for 40 minutes.
  • Remove the bratwurst from the skillet and add to sausage buns.
  • Serve hot with mustard and dill pickle relish if desired.

Below is the printable recipe card along with the nutritional information and instructions for making for today’s beer brats recipe

Yield: 10

Beer-Braised Bratwurst with Horseradish and Dill

Beer-Braised Bratwurst with Horseradish and Dill

Beer-braised bratwurst with horseradish and dill is a super flavorful and easy to make recipe. The bold ingredient flavors pair nicely with this popular German sausage. Add the beer braised brats to buns (shown) or serve them over cooked noodles or mashed potatoes. Your call.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 10 bratwurst sausages
  • 1 bottle (or can) beer, your favorite variety.
  • 1/4 cup prepared horseradish
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 tablespoon caraway seed
  • 1 tablespoon dill weed
  • 3 tablespoons dill pickle relish
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375-degrees.
  2. Place the bratwurst in a single layer in a large skillet. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the beer, horseradish, garlic, allspice, caraway seed, dill weed, black pepper, and dill pickle relish.
  4. Pour the beer mixture over the bratwurst in the skillet.
  5. Cover the skillet, leaving a small vent hole.
  6. Place the skillet in the oven for 40 minutes.
  7. Remove the sausages from the skillet and serve on sausage buns (if desired), or serve over hot cooked noodles or mashed potatoes.

Notes

After braising, these bratwursts will keep in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Once cooled completely, beer-braised bratwurst may also be frozen for up to 3 months. Wrap them well in freezer-safe containers along with any additional beer sauce remaining in the skillet.

SPECIAL NOTE - The calorie and nutrition count was done for the bratwurst alone, without the bun

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Lisalia

Thursday 16th of July 2020

These were DELICIOUS! Can't wait to have them again.

Renée

Thursday 16th of July 2020

Awesome! Thanks for letting me know, Lisalia!

wilhelmina

Saturday 28th of September 2019

My husband was so impressed by the flavor of these brats! Great recipe!

Renée

Saturday 28th of September 2019

Thanks, Wilhelmina! So glad they're husband approved. Mine too! :)

Beth

Saturday 28th of September 2019

Bratwurst is a huge hit in my home so I am really excited to give this recipe a try!! Delish!

Renée

Saturday 28th of September 2019

You're going to love these, Beth! I'm craving them right now. I'll have to make these again, STAT!!

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