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Grilled Bratwursts

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 27-5 Winter Issue

Entertaining the Bakersfield Way

Some people swear it’s not a tailgating party without these on the menu. And I tend to agree with them.
These brats are simmered in beer, making them extra juicy and filled with lots of flavor. Once grilled, drop in a bun, top with whatever you like, and you have a perfect snack for the game. The following recipe is for six bratwursts—if you are making more, double or triple all the ingredients to meet your needs.


  • 6 Bratwursts
  • 1-12oz. can of beer
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 6 peppercorns
  • 4 cloves
  • 6 hard rolls



  1. In a large pot, combine all ingredients except the rolls.
  2. Simmer over a low heat for 20 minutes.
  3. Preheat grill.
  4. Remove bratwursts from pot and place on grill for about 10 minutes, turning occasionally. Grill until brown.
  5. If you sprinkle with water they will form a crispy skin.

Additional Tips

Serve on rolls with your favorite mustard.