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Beer-Simmered Bratwurst

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 50 min
  • Prep: 5 min
  • Inactive: 30 min
  • Cook: 15 min
  • Yield: 8 servings
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6 cups German light ale

1 tablespoon caraway seeds

1 tablespoon coriander seeds

1 tablespoon mustard seeds

3 large onions, unpeeled, roughly chopped

2 whole cloves garlic, smashed

One 3-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and chopped 

3 pounds precooked bratwurst, pricked with a fork

2 tablespoons canola oil


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