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Three smoked brats in buns on a plate with various toppings,

Smoked Brats

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  • Author: Erin Jensen
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 75 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner/Entree
  • Method: Smoker
  • Cuisine: American


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


  1. Preheat smoker to 225 degrees F. 
  2. Place brats on smoker grates and close lid. 
  3. Let smoke until the internal temperature reaches 160 degrees F, approximately 60-90 minutes.
  4. 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). 
  5. Remove and let rest 5-10 minutes. 
  6. 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.