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Bourbon Bathed Bratwursts

Bourbon Bathed Bratwursts

Usually, bratwursts are simmered in either a beer or broth concoction before finishing them off on the grill. For this recipe, we will be using a bourbon bath instead. If you haven’t tried the bourbon version, you are missing out. Don’t worry. The flavor is subtle; in fact, it’s delicious! We developed this recipe using Four Roses Bourbon and recommend that you do the same. Other bourbons might not be as subtle, so please keep that in mind.
Photo by: Sabrina Baksh
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, American BBQ
Keyword: bourbon brats, bourbon recipes, Bratwurst, bratwurst recipes, Grilled Brats, sausage recipes, superbowl recipes
Cook Time: 28 minutes
Total Time: 28 minutes
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 345kcal
Author: Derrick Riches and Sabrina Baksh


  • 6 bratwursts
  • For bourbon bath:
  • 2 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 3/4 cup bourbon Four Roses Bourbon
  • 1/2 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 cloves garlic peeled and left whole
  • 1 tablespoon whole peppercorns
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 bay leaf


  • In a medium-sized pot, add all bourbon ingredients, and simmer over low heat for 3-4 minutes. Carefully add brats to the bath; we don’t want them to break!. Cover the pot and gently simmer for 20 minutes.
  • Preheat grill for medium-high heat. Remove brats from the bath and place them onto a large plate or cutting board.
  • Add bratwursts on the grill and cook for 3-4 minutes per side, or until there is a nice golden brown color with grill marks present. You can also slice them ¾ of the way through (lengthwise) and grill them. Shorten the cooking time if choosing to do the latter.
  • Once done, remove brats from the grill, and serve with your favorite mustard and sides. These make excellent sausage sandwiches too.


Calories: 345kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 63mg | Sodium: 578mg | Potassium: 346mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 44IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 1mg