Those unfamiliar with grilling often don’t realize all the work that generally goes into preparing the meat because they generally just see it going on the grill. But unless we’re doing burgers or hot dogs, there’s normally more to it then just throwing it on the rack above an open flame.
There’s the marinade. Or the seasoning. Or all the sides that have to go with the main course.
And sometimes there just isn’t enough time to get it all done. And so instead we’ll throw a ground beef patty on and hope that it is enough for people to still enjoy the food without complaining about it.
Far too often, however, we end up overlooking what could easily be one of our best options, brats, simply because hot dogs tend to be cheaper and should be able to do the trick just as well.
But where hot dogs, are simply plain old hot dogs, brats are able to be so much more.
After all, have you ever heard of a beer boiled hot dog? If you said no, well, they actually do exist, but they’re nowhere as good as beer boiled brats, which is why they take a back seat.
- 12 oz of dark ale beer
- An onion
- Garlic Powder
How to Make It
- 1. Chop onion and add to a pot with the ale and garlic powder, and bring the beer to a boil
- 2. Turn on grill to medium heat
- 3. After beer is boiling, turn the heat down to medium and submerge brats in the pot
- 4. Let cook for 10-12 minutes
- 5. Move brats from pot to on top of the grill
- 6. Cook brats on one side for five minutes before flipping and then cooking on the other side for another five
And the brats are ready to be served with very little work done on your part.
The key to the taste, however, is using a darker beer. We’ve specifically chosen an ale, such as Newcastle because lighter beers aren’t able to add much flavor to the actual brats. Sure, it still helps to cook the meat, but if we were just looking for not adding any flavor to the actual brat, we would have just thrown it on the grill.