Smoked Brats are the perfect addition to your next cookout menu! An easy smoked brat recipe that is juicy and delicious!
Easy Smoked Brats Recipe
I love a good grilled brat, but have you ever tried a smoked brat? We are using the reverse-sear method here (similar to these Reverse-Seared Steaks) where we bring the internal temperature up to just under fully cooked (here that will be 150 degrees F.) then we do a quick sear on the outside of the brat so we still have a nice char on the outside. We use a similar method on these Smoked Hot Dogs as well! Serve with some Deviled Egg Potato Salad and some Smoked Corn on the Cob!
What You Will Need
- Hot Dogs: I am always a fan of the all-beef, high-quality hot dogs.
- Bun of Choice: whether you choose gluten-free, whole wheat or regular – do what works best for you.
- Toppings: options include ketchup, yellow mustard, dijon mustard, honey mustard sauce, sauerkraut, pickle relish, red onion, etc.
How Long to Smoke Brats
Smoke your brats 225 degrees F. until they reach an internal temperature of 160 degrees F. This should take approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes, BUT there are so many variables that go into the smoking process such as wind, humidity, hot spots on your grill, etc. – the only way to know how long it will take to smoke your brats is to closely track the internal temperature with an internal meat thermometer or probe.
Raw vs. Pre-Cooked Brats
I personally prefer smoking raw brats vs. pre-cooked brats because the flavor and juiciness is better, plus a lot of pre-cooked brats are also pre-smoked. Raw brats may take a bit longer to smoke, but just keep an eye on the internal temperature and you will be fine!
Smoked Brat Side Dishes
- Smoked Potatoes
- Strawberry Spinach Salad
- Watermelon Mint Salad
- Classic Creamy Coleslaw
- Smoked Broccoli
- Smoked Asparagus
- Mexican Street Corn Salad
How to Smoke Brats
Pick out your brats – either raw or pre-cooked with work.
Place directly on the grill grates.
Let smoke according to the recipe card below. You can do a quick sear at the end (either on the smoker or on a gas grill) if you want a char on the outside.
Let them rest a bit before serving.
Gather your ingredients.
We are fans of smoke brats and hot dogs!
Choose whatever bun you like and your favorite toppings.
Other Smoked Recipes You Might Like
- Smoked Pork Shoulder
- Smoked Chicken Legs
- Smoked Chicken Wings
- Smoked Mashed Potatoes
- Smoked Meatloaf
- Smoked Chicken Breasts
- Smoked Pork Loin
- Smoked Pork Chops
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Smoked Brats – learn how to smoke brats (so JUICY!) with this simple, step-by-step recipe. Perfect for your next cookout!
- 4 raw bratwurst
- bun of your choice
- topping of your choice
- Preheat smoker to 225 degrees F.
- Place brats on smoker grates and close lid.
- Let smoke until the internal temperature reaches 160 degrees F, approximately 60-90 minutes.
- Optional Reverse Sear: alternatively you can let the brats smoke until they reach in internal temp of approximately 150/155 degrees F. then turn your smoker all the way up and sear the brats on two sides for about 1 minute per side (the searing process could also be done on a gas grill for an even hotter sear).
- Remove and let rest 5-10 minutes.
- Serve with your bun and toppings of choice.
- Raw vs. Pre-Cooked: if you are using pre-cooked brats instead of raw the recipe is the same just keep a closer eye on the internal temperature, it may not take as long to come up to temp.
- Storage: store leftovers in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
- Serving: serve on your bun of choice with all your favorite toppings.
- Wood Chips/Pellets: I love using mesquite, apple or hickory.
- Traeger: I tested this on a Traeger grill, but it will work on any smoker.
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