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Preparing Beer Brats several hours ahead of grilling

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Tomorrow I am having company arive sometime in the afternoon, but the time is not definate because they are driving quite a distance. I am going to prepare beer brats to throw on the grill when they get here. To make things simple, can I simmer the brats in beer and onions early in the day and refrigerate them until it is time to throw them on the grill? Typically, when I put them on the grill right after simmering in beer.

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  1. Of course they can even get more flavor absorbed if you cool them in the beer and onions and let them stay in the liquid overnight

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    1. re: ZagChef

      I think I'd do that, chill overnight, then heat up both brats and liquid just before grilling instead of grilling from cold. Nicer presentation, too, if you care about such things.

      1. re: Will Owen

        Ditto - That's exactly how I do them - Chill overnight in the pot that you simmer them in and then reheat before grilling. Yum!

    2. I assume the sausages you are talking about are raw. Hereabouts, everything they call "bratwurst" (which is a VERY broad category) is sold precooked (just like frankfurters are).

      Already -cooked sausages just need to be tossed on the grill for heating and browning.