Cooking bratwurst can be a science, but it doesn’t have to be. With this guide, you’ll become an expert at knowing when your brats are cooked to perfection. Whether you’re cooking for a crowd or just looking for some tips to impress your family, we’ve got you covered.
What You Need:
- Bratwurst sausages
- Grill or stovetop
- Meat thermometer
Step 1: Preheat Your Grill or Stovetop.
Before cooking the brats, make sure your grill or stovetop is heated up and ready to go. Turn the heat on medium-high and allow it to heat up for 10 minutes before placing the brats on it. This will ensure that they cook evenly throughout.
Step 2: Cook The Brats Until They Brown All Over.
Place the bratwursts on the grill or pan with tongs and cook them until they start to turn brown all over. This usually takes about six minutes per side. If using a charcoal grill, make sure that each side of the sausage has been directly exposed to flames before flipping them over.
Pro tip: Don’t puncture or slice into the casings while grilling—this may cause juices from inside the sausage to leak out leading to dryness.
Step 3: Check Internal Temperature Using A Thermometer.
To check if your brats are done based on texture alone is near impossible without prior experience—or maybe even tasting a bite! According to official food safety guidelines , pork should reach at least 160 F internal temperature in order for it to be safely consumed as bacteria gets destroyed at these high temps.
|Aim for this temperature to safely consume.
|Reheating cooked, previously refrigerated brats
|seems higher than above but it’s best to treat leftovers with step extra precaution.
If you stick the meat thermometer inside one of the brats, it will tell you whether the inside is fully cooked to safe levels. If the internal temperature is at least 160°F or higher, then your brats are done and ready.
Step 4: Remove from heat and Serve!
After cooking, remove the sausages from heat source using long handled tongs and place on a plate where they can cool off for a few minutes before eating.
Pro tip: It’s ideal if you’ve got wax paper that comes in super handy when cooking hot dogs/brats with ease.
Now relish in your masterpiece! Bratwursts go well with almost anything—from potato salad to juicy watermelons.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Can I microwave my raw bratwurst instead?
A: We don’t recommend microwaving because often times sausage casings can split during reheating leading to an undesireable taste/textue. Microwaves also have some areas that may get more heated up than others leading to uneven steamed results hence we recommend using either grilling or stovetop as mentioned above.
Q: How jucy should they be after final cook?
A: The juiciness really depends on personal preference of how well cooked towards inner ends of meat is preferred—you make like them perfectly crispy all over while someone else likes them lightly charred still moist. . As long as both parties are enjoying its fine otherwise there’d be no trust issues up ahead!
by Robert S