Take your brats up a level by smoking them! Smoked brats are so simple and all you need is some brats and a smoker, and you'll have the tastiest brats you've ever had.
Brats are one of our go-to summer meals because 1) they're so easy 2) we love them and most importantly 3) our kids love them. While I typically make my Slow Cooker Beer Brats, I have also been loving smoking them.
The process of smoking brats is so simple and hands-off, and really doesn't take a ton of time!
Raw Pork Brats - that's it! Seriously one ingredient in this recipe. I have not tried this recipe with anything besides raw pork brats. I don't think it would work with cooked brats.
Step 1. Preheat your smoker to 225 degrees F. We have a Z Grills Pellet Smoker, which is incredibly easy to turn on. Simply plug in and press the power button! Turn the dial to the temperature you want, and wait for it to heat up. Be sure to add smoker wood chips or pellets to the grill for flavor.
Step 2. Place your uncooked brats on the grill grates of your smoker. I didn't grease the grates and it was not a problem. Close the lid and smoke for 60-75 minutes.
Step 3. Place a meat thermometer probe in one of the brats to tell internal temperature.
Step 4. Use a meat thermometer to ensure the internal temperature of the brats is 165 degrees F.
Remove the brats and serve! These are delicious in brat buns topped with sauerkraut, kimchi, spicy brown mustard, dijon whole grain mustard, grilled onions, and pickled jalapeños.
Switch up the pellets or smoker chips for different hints of natural smoke flavor. I used hickory pellets this time. You could use mesquite for a deep smoky flavor or apple wood for a more mild flavor.
Switch up the brats. You could use any type of raw pork brats that your butcher has. Smoked cheddar brats sound delicious!
Use whatever smoker you have. A charcoal smoker, electric smoker, or vertical smoker all work.
Really, any kind of smoker will work. We love our Z Grills Pellet grill, but you could also make these in an electric smoker, too.
It can depend on the size of your brats, however I have found it takes about 60-75 minutes to smoke regular sized brats at 225 degrees. I always use a meat thermometer to ensure my brats are 165 degrees F internally.
No, that is not necessary, as the smoking process will cook the brats.
Yes, once the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees, they are fully cooked.
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