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3 bratwurst on a white plate with mustard and ketchup

Homemade Bratwurst Recipe

Make beer brats from scratch with this homemade bratwurst recipe and how-to video.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword bratwurst
Prep Time 3 hours
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 15 minutes
Servings 20
Calories 145 kcal
Author Christie Vanover



  1. Soak the hog casings in water according to the manufacturer's instructions.

  2. Cut the pork shoulder into 2-inch cubes, trimming away excess fat and the bone. Freeze for 30 minutes.

  3. Pass through a sausage grinder. Freeze 30 minutes.

  4. Grind again. Combine with seasoning, beer and water. Freeze 30 minutes.

  5. Grease the sausage stuffer horn. Slide the casing onto the horn. Place the ground meat into the hopper. When it reaches the tip of the horn, tie the casing into a knot. Continue stuffing the casing. Tie the other end in a knot.

  6. Twist the bratwurst into links. Start by twisting away from you. Move down six inches and twist away from you. Repeat the back and forth twist.

  7. Use scissors to cut into links at the point where you created the twist. If you notice any air pockets, pierce them with a toothpick.

  8. Heat the grill to 350F degrees. Grill turning occasionally, until the internal temperature reaches 165F degrees.

Recipe Video

Nutrition Facts
Homemade Bratwurst Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 145 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 64mg21%
Sodium 73mg3%
Potassium 330mg9%
Protein 18g36%
Vitamin A 5IU0%
Vitamin C 0.7mg1%
Calcium 14mg1%
Iron 1.2mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.