Instant Pot Beer Brats – Moist and Juicy Every Time!

I had never considered making Beer Brats in the Instant Pot until I went to put them on my grill and I was out of propane gas.

Guests were scheduled to arrive within minutes, so I had no time to get the tank refilled.

instant pot beer brat
Beer brats topped with peppers and onions after they were cooked in the Instant Pot.

So instead of heating up my kitchen on a hot summer day, I decided to turn to my 6 quart Instant Pot.

And I am so glad that I did!

They turned out AMAZING!!!

Every brat was moist, juicy, and perfectly cooked. And as an added bonus, the skin didn’t wrinkle after they were taken out of the heat.

How To Make Instant Pot Beer Brats

And making them couldn’t be easier!

First, turn your Instant Pot to the Saute mode. The important thing here is to remember to not add your oil until the display panel reads HOT.

raw brats
Add the oil and brats to the liner of the Instant Pot AFTER the display reads HOT.

This typically takes 3-5 minutes.

Then add your oil and brats, working in batches, if necessary, to maintain a single layer.

Once the skins turn brown, flip the brats and brown the other sides.

Remove the brats and add the beer to the Instant Pot. Using a flat wooden spatula, deglaze the pot to remove any browned bits.

This will help to prevent getting the BURN notice during the cooking process.

Add the trivet and place all of the brats on top.

browning brats
Once the brats have been browned on one side, flip them over to brown them on the other side.

All that is left to do is lock the lid, place the valve in the Sealing position and Pressure Cook for 7 minutes!

Once the cooking time is up, allow the pot to naturally release the pressure until the pin drops.

It is that easy!!!

What Type Of Brats To Use?

So you may be wondering what type of brats to use? Does it matter?

The answer is simple. This method of cooking brats in the Instant Pot works with all types and brands of uncooked bratwurst.

deglaze the pot
Be sure to deglaze the bottom of the pot to remove any browned bits.

In fact we have made both the more expensive Johnsville brats and the cheaper store bought brand and they both turned out perfect.

And we have also made Chicken Brats and yes, this Instant Pot cooking method works the same.

To Poke or Not?

Every time that I have cooked brats the traditional way I have always poked holes in the skin so that they don’t explode.

And I had full intentions of doing so when I made them in the Instant Pot.

However, for whatever reason, I always seem to forget to do it when I make brats in the Instant Pot.

beer brats in instant pot
Place the brats on the trivet to cook.

And every time, I worry that I will open the pot to brats that have been split wide open.

But that has never happened. They turn out perfect!

In fact, without the holes, they are able to hold their juices inside the meat. Therefore, they turn out much more juicy than traditional cooking methods.

And as always, if you are not a fan of beer, simply replace the liquid with water or beef stock.

instant pot beer brats
Beer brats ready to be served!
What to Serve With Beer Brats?

Check out the printable recipe below and let me know what you think!

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Instant Pot Beer Brats

Bratwurst cooked with beer in your Instant Pot pressure cooker. No matter the type or brand, they come out perfectly cooked each and every time!

Ingredients

  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 5-7 Bratwurst
  • 1 cup beer

Instructions

  • Set your Instant Pot to Sauté
  • Once the display reads HOT, add the olive oil and then the bratwurst. Brown on both sides.
  • Remove all of the brats from the instant pot and pour in the beer. Deglaze the bottom of the pot to remove any browned bits.
  • Place a trivet in the bottom of the pot and place your bratwurst on top.
  • Lock the lid in place and push the valve to the Sealing position. Pressure Cook/Manual Setting on HIGH pressure for 7 minutes.
  • One the cooking time expires, allow for a Natural Pressure Release. Once the pin drops remove the lid and enjoy!

Notes

If you prefer, you can poke your bratwurst with a fork prior to pressure cooking.
Recipe provided by Make Your Meals
Instant Pot Beer Brats – Moist and Juicy Every Time!
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