Beer-Simmered Bratwurst

"Steaming the bratwurst allows the beer and spices to permeate the meat. You get the crusty exterior from finishing them on the grill," says Bobby.
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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 55 min
  • Active: 25 min
  • Yield: 8 servings
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6 cups German light ale (about four 12-ounce beers)

1 tablespoon caraway seeds

1 tablespoon coriander seeds

1 tablespoon mustard seeds

3 large onions, unpeeled, roughly chopped

2 whole cloves garlic, smashed

1 3-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and chopped

3 pounds precooked bratwurst, pricked with a fork (about 15 links)

2 tablespoons canola oil


  1. Preheat a grill to high. Combine the beer, caraway seeds, coriander seeds, mustard seeds, onions, garlic and ginger in a large stockpot. Add the bratwurst. Place the pot on the grates of the grill and bring to a simmer. Simmer the sausages, about 5 minutes.
  2. Remove the pot from the grill and let the bratwurst sit in the liquid for about 30 minutes. Transfer the brats to a platter or cutting board.
  3. Brush the bratwurst with the canola oil and grill until the casings are crisp and golden brown and the brats are warmed through, 4 to 6 minutes per side. Keep warm until serving.
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