Tempt My Tummy Tuesday… Grilling Brats for a Crowd

by Lisa on July 23, 2012

Tempt my Tummy Tuesdays

Happy TMTT!  I am still on family and blog vacation.  And since I am on vacation,  I am re-posting a recipe I shared last summer.  If you are like us, we are grilling throughout the summer.  This brats recipe is perfect for a cookout – especially if you are hosting a summer party.  Link up and share your recipe with our community.

The below post was first published on June 27, 2011.

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.


{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Jenny July 23, 2012 at 8:28 pm

Hello, I discovered your blog last week through a post that was linked to another blog hop. Thank you so much for hosting! I’ve shared my recipe for a roasted tomato pie.


Lisa July 24, 2012 at 11:51 am

So glad you came back and joined us!


Miz Helen July 23, 2012 at 9:19 pm

Hi Lisa,
Enjoy your vacation and thanks for hosting!
Miz Helen


tanya July 24, 2012 at 5:48 am

Yahoo! I was going to do beer brats this weekend and now I have a recipe! Thanks for hosting!


Hollie July 24, 2012 at 8:04 am

Lisa, thanks for hosting us!


Michelle July 24, 2012 at 11:43 am

Interesting. We do beer boiled brats whenever we make them, but I’ve never used onion. I’m intrigued….


Lisa July 24, 2012 at 11:51 am

Michelle, it is quite yummy. 🙂


Danielle July 24, 2012 at 11:55 am

Mmm, those brats look super! Makes me hungry! Thanks for the linky party:)


Sarah Averett July 24, 2012 at 4:24 pm

Thank you so much for hosting this! I linked up with the banana bread. I just barely started my blog this week, so I appreciate you taking the time to do this link up so I can get my name out there and meet other bloggers like YOU! I love your blog. Consider me your newest follower!


Jenni@MomEssentials.Net July 26, 2012 at 9:33 am

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The Quiet Mom July 26, 2012 at 6:19 pm

That looks so yummy. Easy to prepare too!

Thank you for sharing your recipe and hosting this blog hop again (already your follower). Listed here, where you can also join more blog hops at Tuesday Blog Hops Directory.

The Quiet Mom blogging @ Spaghetti with Meatballs Recipe


Mary Hudak-Colllins July 28, 2012 at 10:42 am

Lisa, so happy to be back in circulation LOL. I love grilling! Unfortunately, our grill died and I just haven’t decided on which one to replace it with. My garden has been keeping me quite busy over the last month, so maybe I’ll look at getting a new grill over Labor Day? Who knows ☺ Thanks for hosting!! This week I’m sharing Homemade Chili Sauce.


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