Smoked Brats is a delicious and easy way to cook your brats. If you are looking for a fool proof way to cook your brats, cook them in your smoker.

Smoked Brats on a platter
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Using our smoker has become one of our favorite ways to cook our meat for a cook out. Cooking the brats in the smoker saves me from having to stand over a grill. The smoker does all the work.

Smoke bratwurst are fully of juice and delicious flavor. You will love the smoke flavor and how easy they are to cook. They turn out with a crispy texture and juicy center.

If you are new to smoking meat, start with this smoked brats recipe. Add you favorite side dish and this recipe becomes an easy weeknight meal.

Smoked Brats on a platter

What are Smoked Brats?

Smoking brats is a delicious and easy way to cook your beef brats. The smoker does all the work and the results are a smoky flavor brats.

The smoker slowly cooks the brats leaving them full of flavor and prevents them from bursting. Smoking meats allows you to have the smoker do all the work instead of standing over a hot grill.  

Grilling brats is a great way to get grill marks on the brats. But smoking has become one of my favorite ways to enjoy them.

Bratwursts, bratwurst buns, and sauerkraut

Ingredients: 

  • Bratwursts
  • Bratwurst Buns
  • Sauerkraut (optional)

How to Cook Brats in the Smoker: 

  • Step 1 – Heat Smoker – Preheat a smoker to 225 degrees F with a water pan. 
  • Step 2 – Place brats in smoker – Place the brats in the smoker directly on the grill grates.  Smoke them for 1.5-2 hours until the brats reach an internal temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit. Cook time may vary.
  • Step 3 – Serve and Enjoy – Remove the brats from the smoker.  Serve on the buns topped with sauerkraut and enjoy. 
Smoked Brats in a bun topped with sauerkraut

Brats Smoked Substitution Ideas:

  • Bratwurst – Feel free to use any type of bratwurst to cook in the smoker. You can smoke pork sausage and even hot dogs.
  • Wood Chips – You can use different types of wood chips to smoke the brats. Choose from apple wood pellets or hickory wood chips. Cherry wood chips is also another delicious option.
  • Buns – Try to look for brat buns to serve with this recipe. But you can also just use hot dog buns.
  • Beer Brats – Allow you brats to marinate in a beer bath for added flavor.
  • Stovetop – If you prefer, you can easily cook these brats on your stovetop in a skillet. You can also cook in the oven or on a charcoal smoker.
Smoked Brats in a bun on a platter

How Long to Smoke Brats:

Smoking brats is a delicious and easy way to cook your favorite brats. All you have to do is preheat the smoker to 225 degrees and place the brats in the smoker.

They will cook for about 1 hour and 30 minutes to 2 hours. Make sure to check temperature with a meat digital thermometer. The internal temperature should reach 160 degrees when they are done cooking.

Do I need to Flip Brats while smoking?

There is no need to flip the brats while smoking. Take them out of the package and simply place them in the smoker. Let the smoker do all the work. It is really that easy.

Smoked Brats on a platter

Do you need to Boil Brats before smoking?

There is no need to boil the brats before smoking. Some recipes show boiling in beer. We think it reduces the flavor of the brats when boiled first.

Starting with raw brats in the smoker creates a delicious and juicy flavor.

How do you know when they Cooked:

The best way to know when brats are finished cooking is to use a an instant-read meat thermometer. This ensures that they are cooked to a safe temperature. Before removing it from the smoker.  

The safe temperature is 160 degrees and then the brats can be served and enjoyed.

Smoked Brats in a bun topped with sauerkraut

Recipe Tips:

  • Pellet Grill – Make sure to add chips to the smoker every 15 minutes. If your smoker does not have an automatic feature.  
  • Prepare Smoker – Make sure to preheat smoker to 225 degrees before placing brats in the smoker. Make sure the temperature stays below 275 degrees on the smoker.
  • Cooking Brats – Cook brats until the internal temperature reaches 160 degrees. You can smoke as many brats that will fit in your smoker. It will take about 1 hour and 45 minutes to cook the brats.

How to Serve Smoked Brats:

We loving serving our smoked brats with sauerkraut and yellow mustard. But you can easily top with ketchup and more. Add one of these easy sides to complete you meal.

You can even add a side of beans or sauteed onions for a delicious meal. Add a side of BBQ sauce or ranch for dipping your brat into.

  • Garden Salad – If you like to balance out your meal, serve it with a green salad. We love to top with our favorite vegetables to give so much flavor.
  • Smoked CornThis Smoked Corn on the Cob Recipe is made with simple seasoning and easy to make. Smoky flavored corn makes the best side dish.
  • Grilled Potatoes in FoilGrilled Potatoes in Foil is the perfect side dish. It is made easily on the grill or in the oven. 5 Ingredients makes this recipe so easy to make.

How to Store Leftovers:

Refrigerate the leftovers in an airtight container for up to 5 days.  Reheating brats is easy to do. You can reheat in the microwave or place them in the oven. Add your favorite leftover sides for a complete meal.

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Smoked Brats

5 from 4 votes
Smoked Brats is a delicious and easy way to cook your brats. If you are looking for a fool proof way to cook your brats, cook them in your smoker.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings 6
Cuisine American
Course Main Course
Calories 418

Ingredients

  • 6 Bratwursts
  • 6 Bratwurst Buns
  • Sauerkraut optional

Instructions

  • Preheat a smoker to 225 degrees F with a water pan.
  • Place the brats in the smoker directly on the grates.  Smoke them for 1.5-2 hours until the brats reach an internal temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Remove the brats from the smoker.  Serve on the buns topped with sauerkraut and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Use an instant-read meat thermometer to make sure that the brats are cooked to a safe temperature before removing it from the smoker.  
Make sure to add chips to the smoker every 15 minutes if your smoker does not have an automatic feature.  
Refrigerate the leftovers in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 418kcal, Carbohydrates 37g, Protein 16g, Fat 22g, Saturated Fat 7g, Polyunsaturated Fat 3g, Monounsaturated Fat 10g, Cholesterol 49mg, Sodium 909mg, Potassium 316mg, Fiber 1g, Sugar 5g, Vitamin A 5IU, Vitamin C 1mg, Calcium 121mg, Iron 3mg

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