Grilled Bacon Brats

Cook Time: 10 minutes | Serves 4-6 

Make no-fail brats using a few simple steps, in just 10 minutes!


  • 8 Journeyman Meat Co. Fresh Bacon Brats
  • If cooking on stove: 1 Tbsp cooking oil & 1 cup beer

Optional accoutrements:

  • peppers and onions
  • hot dog buns
  • ketchup and mustard
  • Wild West Ferments Signature Sauerkraut

Grill Instructions

  1. Preheat one side (or zone) of your grill to medium-low heat.
  2. Put the raw, fresh brats over that zone and cook gently, rolling them over a few times while cooking. Cook over medium-low heat until the internal temperature reaches 145°F, about 3-4 minutes on each side. (If you find your brats are starting to sizzle a lot, turn the heat down to make sure they don’t burst. But this shouldn’t be an issue with them over medium low heat.)
  3. If you want to grill some peppers or onions, cut them in half or quarters and rub with olive oil, then set them over the zone of your grill that is on medium-low heat. Otherwise, skip this step!
  4. Turn the other side of your grill to high heat.
  5. When your brats have reached 145°F, transfer them to the high heat side, and sear on both sides.
  6. After they've been seared, check temperature to make sure they are at least 160°F, then remove from grill. You can also sear your peppers and onions over the high heat to finish, too.
  7. Serve with all of your favorite fixings like ketchup, mustard, sauerkraut, and pickles!

Stove Instructions

  1. Heat a large thick-bottomed pan (preferably cast-iron skillet).
  2. Add 1 Tablespoon cooking oil.
  3. Sear the brats on medium-high heat for about 3 minutes, flip using tongs and cook on the other side for another 3 minutes.
  4. If you want to cook some peppers or onions, cut them in half or quarters and toss with olive oil. Otherwise, skip this step and step 5!
  5. Add the onions between the sausages and cook for about 2 minutes, until golden, stirring a few times.
  6. Flip the sausages again, add beer, cover, and cook on low heat for about 10 minutes, flipping again halfway. The internal temperature should read 160°F
  7. Remove the brats and reduce the sauce for about 2 minutes. Return the sausages to the pan and turn them over in the sauce.
  8. Serve immediately!

Recipe adapted from 

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