Precooked brats are becoming increasingly popular as a quick and easy meal option. Precooked means that the sausages have already been cooked beforehand, making them an ideal choice for busy individuals or families looking to save time in the kitchen. However, precooked brats can end up dry or lacking flavor if not prepared correctly.
In this article, we will outline the various methods for cooking precooked brats to ensure you get the best possible result.
Options For Cooking Precooked Brats
Grilling is one of the most popular methods for cooking precooked brats. Here’s how to do it:
- Preheat your grill to medium heat.
- If using a gas grill, turn on all burners to high heat and let it preheat for around 10 minutes.
- Place your precooked brats on the grill, being careful not to overcrowd them.
- Cook each side for around 5-7 minutes until nicely browned.
- Check for doneness by cutting into one of the sausages – they should be hot all the way through with no pink meat visible.
Tips for grilling flavorful brats:
- Soak your precooked brats in beer first as it can add extra flavor (also known as ‘beer brats’).
- Use hardwood charcoal or wood chips rather than gas grills to help infuse extra smoky flavor into your sausages.
- Add sliced onions onto the grill alongside your precooked brats for extra caramelization and sweetness.
Boiling is another method that can be used when cooking precooked bratwursts.
- Fill a pot with enough water to cover the sausages
- Heat up till boiling point
- Add your precooked sausages into boiling water
- Let them cook in there until heated through (this should take around 5-7 minutes)
- Check that they are hot all the way through by cutting into one of the sausages
Tips for adding flavor while boiling:
- Add beer to the water when boiling, this can add some flavor to the brats.
- Cut up onions and add them to the water (or sliced lemon/lime/orange) for added acidity and natural flavors.
Microwaving precooked brats is probably the quickest method compared to others. You only need a few steps to get your sausages ready.
- Choose an appropriate microwave-safe dish.
- Pour enough water over your precooked sausages to submerge them partially.
- Cover your dish with a lid or cling wrap and put it in the microwave.
- Set your microwave’s timer for around 2-3 minutes on high power, or until your pre-cooked brats are cooked through.
- Take them out from the microwave, being cautious about removing any covering used.
- Drain any excess water, dry them off, and serve.
Tips for ensuring moisture retention and flavor enhancement while microwaving:
- Use beer instead of plain water while microwaving – This helps keep the sausages moist.
- Brush barbecue sauce over boiled brats before transferring them onto a suitable plate.
Baking in an oven is another excellent method for cooking precooked bratwursts.
- Preheat your oven between 350°F (180°C)-375°F (190°C).
- Arrange precooked bratwursts in a baking dish; if you prefer more juice inside as opposed to those juicy pieces coming out from pricking holes, place toothpicks at either end of each pre-cooked sausage.
- Cover it with aluminum foil or use a lid before placing it in the oven
- Bake your precooked brats for around 25-30 minutes or until hot all the way through.
- If you don’t mind crispy skin, broil them uncovered for the final two to three minutes. Turn the sausages every few minutes to ensure even browning.
Tips to enhance flavor:
- Use herbs such as oregano and thyme, with paprika and garlic powder as a topping immediately before placing in the oven.
- Adding olive oil or butter and brushing it over the sausage can keep it moist while adding flavor at the same time
Common Mistakes When Cooking Precooked Brats
- Not defrosting them before cooking
- Overcooking them – precooked brats are already cooked, overheating them might result in a dried-out sausage. Cook until they are hot all the way through.
- Adding too much or too little spice/flavor can make them unpalatable.
Cooking precooked bratwursts is relatively simple but requires necessary attention to get that perfect taste and texture. Choose from grilling, boiling, microwaving, and baking methods depending on your preferences. To bring out more authentic flavors from each method above, add various spices such as paprika or mixers like beer when feasible to enhance taste and aroma. Remember to avoid common mistakes such as overcooking them because precooked sausages are initially cooked – they only need reheating till hot all through without spending too much time on any one heat source! Happy cooking!
- Q: Can you cook precooked brats in the oven? A: Yes, you can! Preheat your oven to 350°F and place the brats on a baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until heated through.
- Q: What is the best way to grill precooked brats? A: Preheat your grill to medium heat and add the brats. Cook for 3-4 minutes on each side or until they are heated through and browned.
- Q: Can you boil precooked brats? A: Absolutely! Fill a pot with enough water to cover the brats and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 10-12 minutes or until they are heated through.
- Q: How do I know when precooked brats are fully cooked? A: Look for signs of browning on the outside of the bratwurst, which means it’s cooked through. You may also use a meat thermometer to check that it has reached an internal temperature of 160°F.