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Johnsonville Smoked Brats on Traeger

Johnsonville smoked brats are a delicious lunch or dinner idea you can make in your pellet or electric smoker this week! If you haven’t tried smoking bratwurst in a Traeger yet, try this! 

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These Traeger smoked brats came out so good for lunch so we thought we’d share them with you today! We are all about creating new smoker recipes here at The Typical Mom now that the sun is shining again. (affiliate links present)

Traeger Brats

It actually doesn’t matter what brand you have, we actually started with cooking electric smoker recipes. That was an inexpensive way to start to make sure we really liked this method of cooking. We loved it so much we grabbed a Green Mountain grill/smoker online which was bigger and used wood chips vs. pellets.

Both worked great really and I don’t just because of the brand of style you have. Now that we’re really into it we upgraded to the Traeger you see below. Here they are done at the top, and where they started that afternoon below. Yes they start out as raw pork links, not precooked.

To get your meats absolutely perfect we have this printable meat smoking chart to refer to so each and every time it will be fork tender.

  • Recently we upgraded to this Traeger pellet smoker and grill and love it.
    • We started with an electric smoker that was a Charbroil which worked well to start with.
  • I like applewood pellets, we always have those on hand and make almost everything.
  • This smoker cookbook has some more great ideas if you want to cook outside more regularly.

How to Cook Johnsonville Smoked Brats

We’re not reheating them, they’re being cooked because brats are bought raw. Ready to soak up that smoky flavor. I mean if you just want to heat and serve one of those kielbasa links you can do that too but it won’t really soak up much flavor at all, and won’t take much time either.

We’ve cooked bratwurst many ways but this is probably my favorite. They get tender on the inside, with a great applewood flavor but still maintain that snap of the outer skins I love. There are many brands out there to choose from.

Just like it doesn’t matter what smoker brand you use, the kind of bratwurst isn’t a big difference either. The size is what makes the biggest difference as far as the cook time is concerned. Same rule goes with Smoked burgers that can vary.

How long does it take to smoke sausage at 225?

You have two options. If you choose to cook your sausages at a lower 225 temperature then it will take approximately 2 hours, flipping halfway through. This is usually our go to method since lower and slower is the way to go with these machines to get that smoky flavor you desire.

How long to smoke smoked brats at 350?

We have also smoked them at 350 degrees for just 30 minutes, turning them after 15 minutes, and they’ve turned out great. Costco brats are many times much larger so those may take longer to cook all the way thru.


How Long to Cook Bratwurst on Traeger

This is personal preference, and how much time you have as well. The general rule of smoking meats is the lower the temp. and the longer your meat is in there, the smokier the flavor will be. I would say this is very true, but when you’re smoking bratwurst I feel an hour still gives it a great flavor.

Another thing to consider is if you are cooking something else like our smoked beer can chicken that is more temperature sensitive, go with that temp. These are more flexible and just the most important aspect is making sure the internal temperature when done needs to be 160 degrees F before consuming.

Now for something like our smoked pork recipe, it does matter because the meat is so much thicker. You want to break down all of those connective tissues so it is as fork tender as possible.

With thinner items like these and our smoked bacon I feel like you can go for the shorter time and higher temp if necessary. Speaking of bacon, next time we are going to make bacon wrapped brats and we will share the photos once we do that!

smoked sausage

How do you smoke Johnsonville brats?

I do like this type. They come in packages of 5-6 which is just enough for the 5 of us without any leftovers typically. I think they have a nice snap to them when they’re done but the skins aren’t too thick and hard to chew. Many times they will go on the grates with smoked steak beside them.

  • Of course you can use any brand you’d like, this is just what we chose. We like the sweet style, but their beer brats are great too!
  • Now you’re going to want to preheat your smoker / grill to 350 degrees if you want a shorter cook time, or 220 for a longer smokier flavor. We use hickory or apple pellets or wood chips to achieve a great smoke flavor.
  • Open your package of sausages and place them on to your grate once you have a hot grill. Do not overlap them. 
  • Close your lid and set a timer for yourself. If you set to 350 you will flip after 15 minutes. If your smoker is at 225 degrees you will flip after 60 minutes.

Smoking Bratwurst

Step 4 – Continue cooking for the remainder of time and then remove. Check internal temperature to ensure they are fully cooked inside. Pork brats need to be at 160 degrees to be safe so remove once that is achieved and allow to rest before slicing for at least 5 minutes.

Then enjoy your smoked brats!

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What condiments do you put on a bratwurst?

This whole process will probably take you 45 minutes from start to finish including the time it will take you to get your smoker up to the right temperature. Now that you’re done you need to add “all the things” right??

Some insist on Swiss cheese on top of our Smoked sausage and cabbage, let it melt, then eat. If you ate these growing up I bet you can picture how they were served way back then and that is your go to. My grandfather was from Germany and so we ate these quite often, with all the traditional things so they’re a must with our spread.

How do I cook brats?

You can grill, smoke like we show you here, cook on the stovetop or use a sheet pan to bake in the oven. All of these will get you that snap on the outside with a tender juicy center.

What are some popular ways to cook brats?

During the summertime we think Traeger brats or on a grill are the best. Get those grill marks with a smoky flavor and you don’t have to heat up your house at all.

You can try our air fryer sausage and potatoes recipe too this week! They’re another favorite amongst the link family, seen here were deer sausages from our local butcher, spicy, and just incredibly delicious.

air fryer sausage

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Smoked Brats

Smoked brats are a delicious lunch or dinner idea you can make in your pellet or electric smoker this week! If you haven’t smoked sausage yet, try this! 
Course Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American, irish
Keyword brats, ground sausage, smoked, smoker
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 219kcal
Author The Typical Mom



  • 6 brats or more, this is how many we cooked
  • 6 buns
  • 1/2 c mustard optional


  • Preheat your smoker to 350 degrees. We used hickory pellets to make these, apple works well too.  If you want a longer smoke set to 225.
  • Place your raw brats on your grill grate and close lid. After 15 minutes lift lid and flip each one over on to the other side.  If you set to the lower temp then flip after 1 hour.
  • Smoke for an additional 15 minutes. Remove and serve!  Lower temp takes a total of 2 hours.


Nutrition Facts
Smoked Brats
Amount Per Serving (3 oz)
Calories 219 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 48mg16%
Sodium 558mg24%
Potassium 229mg7%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Protein 9g18%
Calcium 18mg2%
Iron 0.3mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
4.75 from 4 votes (2 ratings without comment)
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John E G

Saturday 5th of December 2020

Good job lady! Been smoking 40 years, “think you got it”

Blake Cooper

Saturday 31st of October 2020

This is one of my favorite recipes and I make it almost every week. I use Johnsonville beer or cheddar bratts. I put on Traeger at 225 for 1 hour on each side for a total of two hours just like the recipe says. We also cut up two orange peppers and one big yellow onion, sauté in olive oil and serve on top of the bratts. Top with ketchup and trust me you won’t be disappointed!! Love this recipe!!!

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