Tempt My Tummy Tuesday… Perfect Brats for a Summer Party

by Lisa on June 27, 2011

Last week I shared the yummy bacon and apricot bites from a recent party I attended.  This week I am sharing the recipe used for cooking the brats at this same party.  My sweet sister in law, Stephanie, has the best family.  We just love being around her parents, siblings, aunts and uncles.  This recipe came from her mom, Janet, who is a wonderful cook!  I wish she blogged and would share all her cooking secrets with us!  (I’ll try to work on her about that!)  Anyway, thank you, Janet, for sharing this recipe.  With this recipe, you grill the brats first, then slow cook them in the crock pot, making it easier to keep them hot and ready to serve without having to stand at the grill cooking while all your guest are eagerly awaiting a brat.  (Most recipes call for you to first boil the brats in beer, then grill them.  So, this is much different than the norm, but well worth it!)

Yesterday, my husband and I hosted dear friends for dinner.  We were cooking hot dogs and burgers, but also wanted to share our new recipe for brats.  The brats were a hit!  I am glad we had the recipe and having cooked them ahead of time, all hubby had to do was finish up the burgers and hot dogs when our friends arrived.

Brats for a Party

  • 12 Johnsonville Brats (You can use which ever brand you wish, we just prefer Johnsonville.)
  • 2 -3 large sweet onions, sliced (I used vidalia)
  • 1 stick butter
  • 2 cans beer (no real preference here – as I am not a beer drinker.  Hubby used his beer of choice.)
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1-2 dashes of Worcestershire sauce
Grill the brats, browning on all sides. Saute the onions in a stick of butter. Layer the cooked onions at the botton of the crock pot. Place the grilled brats on top of the onion in the crock pot. Add beer, apple cider vinegar, and Worcestershire. Now, slow cook the brats 2-3 hours, until you are ready to serve.


1.  Grill brats on all sides.  Set aside.  They do not need to be cooked thoroughly, just browned on all sides.  They will continue to cook in the crock pot.

2.  Saute sliced onions in a stick of butter until soft, but not caramelized.   Once cooked,  layer onions on the bottom of the crock pot.

3.  Placed grilled brats on top of the onions.

4.  Add the beer, vinegar, and Worcestershire sauce.  Stir together.

5.  Slow cook, in crock pot, for 2-3 hours.  Then serve from the crock pot.

We enjoy our brats on a hot dog bun with spicy mustard.  Don’t forget to put some of those sliced onions on top of the brat. That will add some extra good flavor.

I can’t wait to see what you are cooking up this summer!

{ 31 comments… read them below or add one }

Crystal & Co June 27, 2011 at 8:59 pm

Thanks for hosting!


Allison @ Alli 'n Son June 27, 2011 at 9:26 pm

I’ve always boiled our brats in beer before grilling them, never after. I might just have to give it a try.

Thanks for hosting!


Gretchen June 27, 2011 at 9:37 pm

Ohhhhhhhh, my husband loves brats. I will have to share this with him.


Miz Helen June 27, 2011 at 9:42 pm

Hi Lisa,
Looks like a fun party and a great recipe. Thanks for hosting and have a wonderful week!
Miz Helen


Mary June 27, 2011 at 9:58 pm

These look fabulous! I was wondering what to take to a cookout this weekend. I wonder no more! Thanks for sharing AND hosting!


Sherry June 27, 2011 at 10:11 pm

We just had brats Saturday. 🙂 YUM! Thank you for hosting each week!


SnoWhite @ Finding Joy in My Kitchen June 27, 2011 at 10:17 pm

We always boil our brats in beer … never thought to do it this way, though!


Mrs. Mary Joy Pershing @Learning to Live a Surrendered Life June 27, 2011 at 10:39 pm

Sounds good, Lisa…is there something that we could use in place of the beer though? We don’t drink but do love brats!

Thanks for the help!

Dancing together at the foot of the Cross,

Mrs Mary Joy Pershing


Lisa June 28, 2011 at 7:54 am

Mary Joy, I don’t know what to substitute. I don’t drink beer either. It taste yucky to me. But, hubby enjoys a beer now and then, so we have some in the basement fridge.


April @ The 21st Century Housewife June 28, 2011 at 3:09 am

It’s hard to get proper brats here in England, but if I ever get my hands on some I will be trying this recipe, pronto! My mouth was watering as I read it! Thank you for sharing another wonderful recipe, and for hosting.


Bev Cole June 28, 2011 at 5:43 am

YUUUUUMMMM!! Those brats looks DIVINE!!! Make me hungry at 6:30 in the morning 🙂


Elizabeth @ Count It All Joy June 28, 2011 at 7:05 am

Even this early in the morning my mouth is watering – they look so GOOD!


Melinda June 28, 2011 at 7:12 am

Those caramelized onions have my mouth watering this morning! Yum!


ISavortheWeekend June 28, 2011 at 8:02 am

My bad, I entered #48 and typed in “Tomatoes” instead of “Potatoes” 🙁 My bifocals aren’t working as good as they used to. I re-entered the correct title under #70. I apologize for the double entry and for being such an airhead!!


Aimee @ ShugarySweets June 28, 2011 at 8:02 am

Your brats are making me hungry! Yum.
Thanks for hosting this week,


Jane June 28, 2011 at 8:09 am

Love those Brats! 🙂

I linked up my Tiramisu Trifle. Thanks for hosting!


Michelle June 28, 2011 at 8:41 am

Interesting. We almost always do beer brats, but never in this order or this way. I like the low stress/maintenance part of it. Thanks – and yum!


Lisa June 28, 2011 at 5:27 pm

Michelle, I had never heard of cooking them this way either. We always boiled in beer and then grilled. But, we loved this method and it really did help for getting things “ready” for a party. 🙂


Jennifer @ Imitation by Design June 28, 2011 at 8:57 am

Thank you for sharing and hosting the blog party! Those brats look fabulous!
I’m a new follower and look forward to linking up to many parties in the future. I love reading blogs by other Christian bloggers!



Lisa @ Happy in Dole Valley June 28, 2011 at 9:20 am

We just had brats for Father’s Day but have never boiled them in beer — ever. Didn’t even know people do that. Will be trying it both ways next time brats are on our menu! Thanks for hosting. 🙂 ~Lisa


Cheryl B. June 28, 2011 at 9:53 am

Hi Lisa 🙂
Just an idea / suggestion for you – Add some sliced up green, as well as colored, peppers to your onions. Delicious!


Rachel June 28, 2011 at 11:07 am

O. M. G. You’ve got me thinking of tailgates already girlfriend! DEF going to have to try this one!


Sallie @ Texas Cottage June 28, 2011 at 11:27 am

I have to make this for the 4th! Thanks for the recipe and hosting the party.


christi @ burlap and basil June 28, 2011 at 12:55 pm

these look delicious and so easy. my husband would love them! sorry my link went twice … i don’t know how it entered twice and i can’t seem to delete one! so sorry!


Jane June 28, 2011 at 1:01 pm

Oh, boy, do those sound yummy! Thanks for sharing and for hosting today.


Becky June 28, 2011 at 1:48 pm

You can never go wrong with brats!


Amanda June 28, 2011 at 4:47 pm

Thanks for hosting! Those brats looks fantastic! Happy 4th of July! I shared patriotic 4th of July mini layer cakes!


Suzy June 28, 2011 at 10:36 pm

That looks awesome! I love sausage with onions 🙂


angie June 29, 2011 at 8:14 am

oh these look so good one of my favorite festival dishes


Lisa @ Stop and Smell the Chocolates July 1, 2011 at 1:10 am

So fantastic!! Totally gonna make this recipe for the 4th! Can’t wait!


Carla July 3, 2011 at 12:49 pm

Great recipe. We just had brats this past week too. I did them in a similar way. Next time I’ll have to try with the cider vinegar added.


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