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. 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. =)

  2. 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!

  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.

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