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Cast Iron Cheddar Bacon Beer Brats

Cast Iron Cheddar Bacon Beer Brats are great in a bun with your favorite toppings or plated along any and every side dish for a complete meal.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cheddar Bacon Beer Brats
Servings: 4
Calories: 970kcal
Author: Ned Adams


  • 4 qt. Dutch Oven
  • 12-inch cast iron skillet


  • 8 cheddar bacon bratwursts
  • 1 tsp granulated garlic 1 tbsp fresh/ minced
  • 4 oz yellow onion diced
  • 4 oz bell pepper diced
  • 24 oz dark ale/beer
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp whole peppercorns

Optional items for serving

  • 8 bratwurst buns
  • 8 oz onions thinly sliced or diced
  • ¼ cup yellow mustard
  • ¼ cup cilantro chopped


  • Add the beer, garlic, salt, onion, and whole peppercorns to a Dutch oven (or skillet); bring to a boil.
  • Add the bratwursts.
  • Bring to a boil then cover.
  • Boil for 30 minutes.
  • Once done, reserving ¼ cup of the liquid, drain the rest; discard.
  • Heat the skillet over medium high heat. (see notes)
  • Sear the brats, (in batches if necessary, do not crowd them) on all sides to a deep golden brown, slowly incorporting the reserved liquid.
  • Remove from heat.

Options for Serving

  • Serve in a bun topped with onions, cilantro, and yellow mustard, or your favorite side dishes.


Notes on making beer brats

  • Any Dutch oven, 3 quarts or larger will work.
  • If using a Dutch oven, drain off and out all the braising liquid and sear the brats in the same pot instead of a separate skillet.
  • A 12-inch skillet with a lid can be used to make the recipe instead of a Dutch oven.


Calories: 970kcal | Carbohydrates: 94g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 45g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 98mg | Sodium: 2597mg | Potassium: 933mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 969IU | Vitamin C: 45mg | Calcium: 329mg | Iron: 6mg