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It’s bath time! While a beer bath does sound like some fancy spa treatment for dudes, it’s actually for the brats. After smoking or grilling brats, you’ll want to keep the sausages nice and juicy. One way to do that is a beer brat bath. You’ll also be adding great flavor and keeping the sausages warm without drying them out.

Don’t forget to check out my techniques for smoking brats or grilling brats (both with recipes)!

Beer Brat Bath, bratwurst with onion and beer mix in a pan
The best beer brat bath ever!

What type of beer do you soak brats in?

A light beer such as Miller Lite or Bud Lite is a great option. You don’t want the flavor of the beer to overpower the flavor of the sausage. You want it to compliment the flavor. Avoid dark ales, such as Guinness.

What’s the purpose of a beer bath for brats?

Brats in Beer and onions with condiments
Beer keeps your brats moist.

The purpose of the beer bath for brats is to keep them juicy while keeping them warm. You don’t want your smoked brats or grilled sausages to lose all their juiciness by keeping them warm using a dry-heat method. Of course, the beer will also add great flavor.

Should you boil brats in beer before cooking?

No! You never want to boil brats in beer before or after grilling or smoking. All the wonderful flavor from the sausage will leach out into the beer. This defeats the purpose of a delicious sausage. What you’ll be doing with this beer brat bath is steaming. This will not cause the flavor to leach out.

What are the ingredients to make a beer brat bath?

You simply need two ingredients, ale and onions. That’s it. Remember that you want to choose a lightly flavored beer as a dark ale would overpower the flavor of the sausage.

Beer and Onions in an aluminum pan
Beer and onions are all you need.

How do you make a beer brat bath?

You’ll need an aluminum pan to pour your beer and onions into. Once your sausages are cooked, add your pan to the smoker and place your sausages into the bath. You can soak the sausages in the beer bath for 20 to 30 minutes.

This should give you plenty of time to get the rest of your items fixed and for your guests to arrive.

Brats in beer on smoker
Keep moist in the beer for 20 to 30 minutes.
Beer Brat Bath

Beer Brat Bath

A beer brat bath adds great flavor and keeps the sausages warm without drying them out. This recipe couldn’t be easier.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Beer Brats Bath
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 51kcal
Author: Mark Rogers


  • 2 cans of ale
  • 2 onions peeled and sliced


  • Pour ale into an aluminum pan and add the sliced onions.
  • Once the brats are smoked, add the brats to the beer bath and place the pan on the smoker or grill grate.
  • Keep warm in the beer bath for 20 to 30 minutes.


Calories: 51kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 1g | Sodium: 5mg | Potassium: 33mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 1mg

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