Cider Boiled Bratwurst


It’s sunny and 50 degrees here in Northern Iowa!  That means that we all pretend like it’s a hot summer day! I guess it’s time to break out the grill!

Today, I made cider boiled brats for lunch.  These brats were better than usual.  I don’t know if I just got really good brats, or if it’s because I poked them before boiling them in cider, but they turned out really good!

Last summer, I discovered Hard cider.   In my post, 7 ways to showcase Hard Cider, I briefly told you how to boil brats in hard cider instead of beer.  Well, I decided it was time to show you!

Boiling Brats in Hard Cider is a great way for gluten-free folks to enjoy brats.  And, do you know what? I think I prefer these cider boiled brats over the beer boiled ones.


I poked the brats before boiling them because I wanted to achieve maximum cider flavor!  I put 8 brats in a pan with 2 bottles of hard cider and boiled them for 14 minutes.

Afterwards, I grilled the brats.


I don’t know exactly what it was about the cooking process, but these brats were so moist and so sweet!  I topped my brat with yellow mustard, well, because I am obsessed with yellow mustard.

I highly suggest you try boiling your brats in Hard cider this summer!  It will be a great way to switch up your grilling rotation!

Have you ever tried grilling your brats in a different liquid?




  1. Can you do this but in a crock pot, for a longer time?

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  3. Oh my God, this post has just made me hungry, You know what I want to partner with this brats of yours? Coke!!! This is always my perfect combination. I guess I have to find one here in my area right now and go eat it.

  4. I LOVE Angry Orchard! It’s my favorite beer (Apple Ginger and Elderflower are the best IMHO), and I bet it makes these brats taste amazing! I’ve honestly never thought to boil a brat, even though that’s how I make my hot dogs. They always end up on the grill, but I’m in love with this idea, for sure!

  5. Bonnie @ wemake7

    No, I actually have never boiled them in anything else before so this sounds really cool and interesting. I really want to try this. I’m going to tell my hubby this evening and see if he wants to try this too. =)


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