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!
We are all about creating new smoker recipes here at The Typical Mom now that the sun is shining again. These smoked brats came out so good for lunch so we thought we’d share them with you today! If you love sausages you’ve gotta hear the snap after coming out of your Traeger! It’s one of our favorite smoker recipes to date. (originally published 5/19, affiliate links present)
- Here they are done at the top, and where they started that afternoon below. Yes they start out raw. We’re not reheating them, they’re being cooked. Ready to soak up that smoky flavor.
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.
How long does it take to smoke sausage at 225 degrees?
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.
- We have also smoked them at 350 degrees for just 30 minutes, turning them after 15 minutes, and they’ve turned out great. 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. Now for something like our smoked pork recipe, it does matter because the meat is so much thicker. With thinner items like these and our smoked bacon I feel like you can go for the shorter time and higher temp.
- Speaking of bacon, next time we are going to make bacon wrapped brats and we will share the photos once we do that!
How do you smoke Johnsonville brats?
Step 1 – 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.
Step 2 – Open your package of sausages and place them on to your grate once you have a hot grill. Do not overlap them.
Step 3 – 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.
Step 4 – Continue cooking for the remainder of time and then remove. Check internal temperature to ensure they are fully cooked inside. This meat smoking chart shows pork needs to be at 180 degrees to be safe.
Then enjoy your smoked brats!
- Looking for other ways to cook brats? Try our Instant Pot brats recipe that gets raving reviews!
- You can grill brats too which is similar to this without the smoke.
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.
What condiments do you put on a bratwurst?
- Serve them inside hoagie rolls
- Good toppings for brats:
Other easy smoker recipes you will love:
- Smoked sausage and cabbage is amazing.
- Our smoked beer can chicken gets thumbs up every time we make it.
- Smoked burgers are cheap and easy to do.
- and smoked steak
- If you’re smoking ribs make sure to remove the membrane for the tenderest meat ever!
You can try our air fryer sausage and potatoes recipe too this week!
- 6 brats or more, this is how many we cooked
- 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.