Can you boil brats the day before? (5 rules of thumb)

In this brief guide, we will answer the question, can you boil brats the day before? We will discuss how to correctly pre cook and store the brats the day before, as well as discuss a recipe that allows you to boil brats the day before.

Can you boil brats the day before?

You can boil brats the day before. When you parboil the brats the day before, be sure to store them in the refrigerator. 

The brats are boiled and then grilled to give them a char. Alternatively, you can even grill the brats first and boil them after.

You can either cook the brats completely and store them in the refrigerator for up to a day or carry the cooking process in steps if you intend to store the brats and serve them a day later. 

How to boil brats the day before you eat them?

  • To boil brats the day before, put the brats in a saucepan and boil them. Then turn the heat low and bring the brats in the saucepan to a simmer for 10 -15 minutes. 
  • Add enough water to cover all the brats. The brats will be a gray color and grilling after would suffice to make sure that the brats are brown and crispy.
  • Before you take the brats off of the stove, check that the meat is not pink. Use a thermometer to check that the internal temperature is 160 Fahrenheit. 
  • To finish off the cooking process, take the grill out and place the brats on the grill for 4-5 minutes after you brush lightly with olive oil. Store the prepared brats in the refrigerator. 

Alternatively, do not grill rather store the boiled brats in the refrigerator in an air-tight container. Take them out when you need to serve them after cooking on the grill.

Do not leave meat-based items such as brats at room temperature for more than two hours. Store uncooked or precooked meat in either the refrigerator or the freezer and take them out only when you need to. 

You can even grill the brats first and then boil them later. To carry out the process in this order, the brats would take 5-10 minutes on the grill and 20 minutes in the boiling water.

Boiling the brats later is practical if you are cooking for a party as the method tends to be productive and convenient. The handling of brats becomes easier and the risk of burning them is diminished.

What are some tips for preparing delicious brats?

  • Parboiling the brats is a good way to preserve the flavor of the sausages. If you put the brats directly on a grill, it can cause the brats to burst open and release the flavors. 
  • Use water to boil the brats. Beer or any other liquid will cause the flavor to leach out of the brats. If you want the flavor of beer in your brats, grill them immediately after boiling.
  • Your cooking methods are not restricted to grilling the brats. You can use the oven to prepare them as well or sear them after brushing with some oil.
  • Simmer the brats rather than boiling them. After the water attains a boiling temperature, turn the stove down. 
  • To boil the brats that are frozen, let them simmer for 5-10 minutes longer. 
  • Then grill the brats after boiling, and let all of the charcoal burn. The height of the grills rack should be adjusted before you grill the brats. The height should be slightly above the embers. 

How to prepare make-ahead grilled brats and beer?

To prepare the make-ahead grilled brats and beer Wisconsin style, you need 8-10 fresh brats in their casing, 3 large onions, either olive oil or margarine, and some beer. 

  • Add the brats to a saucepan together with four cans of beer.
  • Bring the pan to a boil, and immediately turn the flame to a simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Slice the onions and saute in either margarine or some oil.
  • After sauteing, cover the onions and cook on low flame to let the onions become tender.
  • Move ahead to the grilling process by draining the water off the brats and transferring them to the grill.
  • Monitor the brats closely allowing them to brown evenly from all sides.
  • To store the brats, put them in a foil pan, an oven-ready pan, or a crockpot with onions and remaining beer and put it in the refrigerator.
  • Take them out of the fridge, an hour before you serve and reheat for an hour before you serve.


In this brief guide, we answered the question, can you boil brats the day before? We discussed how to correctly pre cook and store the brats the day before, as well as discussed a recipe that allows you to boil brats the day before.


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