Summertime means…….brats!! At least where I live it does. Here’s a great way to get the grill flavor without standing over the grill for hours.
My family loves brats. A standard meal for us in the summertime is grilled brats, hot dogs, and burgers – we don’t save that for 4th of July. However, I have found that we end up eating hours after dinnertime if we grill them from the get-go. I’ve tried boiling them first (which seriously stinks up and heats up my kitchen – two things I DON’T want). I tried boiling them outside, but again you are waiting for them to boil (and simmer for hours if you really want that classic flavor), so I much prefer (what else?) using my crockpot.
My husband claims the cheaper the beer the better the taste. If you'd prefer to not use beer, use a combination of beef and/or veggie broth and water (the taste will change dramatically).
Place brats in slow cooker. Add beer (to cover), onions and garlic. Cover and cook on low 4-6 hours or high for 2-3 hours. (If needed, cook on simmer 8-10 hours.)
Remove from crockpot and grill, turning occasionally, for 10-15 minutes. Serve with buns and condiments such as mustard, ketchup, pickles, sauerkraut, etc.