Beer-Simmered Brats with Cheese Sauce

Jamie Purviance

Fuel Type:
  • People

    Serves 6

  • Prep Time

    20 min.

  • Grilling Time

    28 min.


the Ingredients

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  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1½ teaspoon all-purpose flour
  • 120 milliliters whole milk
  • 2 teaspoons country-style Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ cup grated sharp cheddar cheese (55 grams)
  • ½ cup grated Gruyère cheese (55 grams)
  • 2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano® cheese
  • 2 bottles (each 340 milliliters) Belgian-style wheat beer or ale
  • 2 medium red onions, each cut in thin half-moons
  • 1 tablespoon country-style Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 6 fresh bratwurst, pierced several times with a fork
  • 6 submarine sandwich rolls, split

Special Equipment

  • 1 large disposable foil pan
  • 1 small disposable foil pan


  • Prepare the grill for direct cooking over high heat (230° to 290°C). If you're using a charcoal grill, keep a small part of the charcoal grate clear of briquettes as a safety zone of indirect heat.
  • In a small saucepan over medium-high heat on the stove, melt the butter. Add the flour and cook until the mixture turns a light beige color, about 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Whisk in the milk, mustard, and Worcestershire sauce and cook until the mixture thickens, about 2 minutes, whisking occasionally. Add the three cheeses and stir until they are melted. Set aside and reheat gently just before serving.
  • Brush the cooking grates clean. In a large disposable foil pan combine the beer, onions, mustard, and sugar. Add the brats. Place the pan over direct high heat, close the lid, and bring the liquid to a simmer. Simmer until the brats are evenly colored and no longer look raw, about 20 minutes, turning occasionally. If the liquid starts to boil, temporarily move the pan over indirect heat to prevent the bratwurst from splitting open.
  • Lower the grill’s temperature to medium heat (180° to 230°C). Transfer the brats to a small disposable foil pan and place the pan over indirect heat. Strain the onions through a colander into the pan with the brats. Return the onions to their original pan and place the pan over direct medium heat. Close the lid and cook until the onions are very tender, about 8 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • After the onions have cooked for about 2 minutes, remove the brats from the liquid and discard the liquid. Grill the brats over direct medium heat until browned, about 6 minutes, turning occasionally. During the last minute of grilling time, toast the rolls, cut side down, over direct heat.
  • Place each brat inside a roll and then top with onions. Spoon the cheese sauce over the onions or serve the sauce on the side.

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