How do you cook bratwurst on the grill? It’s not complicated, but apparently there are a lot of searches for this question. So we will try to answer all your bratwurst grilling questions in this post.
Before we get into the meat of how do you cook bratwurst on the grill? (see what I did there?). You should know that we are always referring to Johnsonville Brats in this post. They are one of the best brats available and can be found practically anywhere. Most other brands of bratwurst are similar size and shape so the answers here should apply in most cases.
Should you rinse bratwurst before grilling?
No. The heat from the grill will burn off anything that is on the outside. If it makes you feel better go ahead and do it you aren’t hurting anything.
Should you poke holes in the brat’s before grilling?
No. You will loose a good part of the juices if you do that. You should always use tongs or a spatula to turn them as well.
Our Philly Gourmet Burgers review is specifically written about the 100% beef patties. When found on sale these are a very affordable frozen burger option, but are they worth it? We prefer fresh ground beef for our burgers but we also know sometimes that is not an option. So on occasion frozen beef patties are easier so we typically have a box in our freezer at any given time.
We begin our Philly Gourmet Burgers Review with the package:
The package is typical of most frozen hamburger patties with a picture that is nothing like the actual product. Unless you pack 3 patties together your burger will not look like the image on the box. The ingredient listed are just Beef, this is good. Do not follow the grilling instructions on the package, unless you want hockey pucks.
Looking for something delicious and simple to grill? Hillshire Farm smoked sausage is your answer. They grill up very well, and require no preparation. Grilling these rope sausages is easy and really hard to screw up.
A Hillshire Farm smoked sausage is fully cooked. What this means to you: you are just heating it up, it can not be under cooked but should be heated through.
Grill over medium-high heat for 12-14 minutes, turning frequently.
How to Grill Hillshire Farm Smoked Sausage:
Long version, our take:
Pre-heat your grill to a medium high heat. Remove the smoked sausage from the package and rinse.
Place the whole Hillshire Farm smoked sausage rope on the grill directly over the heat. Turn with tongs every 4 to 5 minutes until the smooth outer layer bursts revealing the inside. Then remove from the grill. This will give you a tender and juicy inside with a firm bite through outer layer.
Grill Hillshire Farm Smoked Sausage with a Butterfly cut:
Remove the smoked sausage rope form the package, rinse. Then cut the sausage into bun length sections. To butterfly cut the sausage: cut the sausage lengthwise about 3/4 of the way deep being careful not to cut all the way through the sausage. Hold each side of the sliced section and carefully pry it open (cut a little deeper if needed) so that the inside can lay flat on the grill. Set each finished section aside and repeat as needed. You can get 3 to 4 bun length cuts out of each of these rope sausages.
Pre-heat your grill to a medium high heat.
Place the sausage cut side down on your grill grates directly above the heat. You total cooking time will be cut in half around 6 to 8 minutes total. Keeping the cut side of the sausage down move slightly on the grill after about 3 minutes and turn after another 2 minutes. The inside of the sausage should be fully caramelized but not burnt when you turn them. Once full caramelization has been achieved grill on the other side for an additional 2 to 3 minutes.
This method will give you a different texture and slightly different taste but you are sacrificing the juices. This is a great technique if your loading your sausages with toppings though.
This article has not been endorsed or approved by the good people at Hillshire Farms nor has any type of compensation been received for publishing it. I would be open to receiving free sausages though, the 2nd best kind of food is the free kind.
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