The gang’s coming over to watch the big game, and you’re grilling bratwurst loaded with rich spices and juicy flavor. But what temperature do they need to be? Brats should be cooked to at least 160-165°F. With this guide, you’ll be the brat-roasting pro amongst your friends, family and neighbors in no time.
The Right Temperature for the Perfect Brats
Your brats should be grilled slowly over medium-low heat (between 300 and 350°F) for the best results. It should take about 20 minutes to hit your desired internal temperature of 160°F. That should take about 20 minutes depending on the thickness of the brats. Remember to turn them often so each side gets caramelized.
Trying to rush the process by using high heat is a cardinal sin in the bratwurst world. Too much heat is going to char the outside and cause the casing to split open, which will allow the juices to spill out.
Grill Your Brats Like a Pro
Now that you’ve got the temperature down, here are some extra tips to help you become the best brat griller around:
- Don’t buy brats in a package – Support your local butcher and get freshly-made brats. You’ll taste the difference. Give specialty brats made with different seasonings and flavors a try.
- Don’t poke holes – Some recipes may call to poke holes in your brats to soak up a sauce or beer. Holes allow the brat’s juices to leak out as it cooks.
- Don’t boil them – Boiling is an effective method for making brat-flavored water, but that’s about it. It won’t infuse any flavor into the sausage. Stick to grilling.
Now that you know the right time and temperature to grill brats, it’s time to try for yourself. Call your family and friends over for a cookout to remember.
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