Smoked Brats On A Pellet Grill

Looking for a delicious smoked brat recipe? This one is super simple and tasty!

Plus smoking bratwurst isn’t hard and is made even easier with a pellet grill.

What You Need For Our Smoked Beer Brat Recipe

  • Brats
  • Buns
  • Butter
  • Olive Oil
  • Your favorite dark beer
  • Grain mustard
  • Chopped raw yellow onion

Beer Smoked Brats Are So Tasty

Who doesn’t love brats? They are always a crowd pleaser plus they are so simple to make. Just ensure you have the toppings you need and you’ll be set.

Why ‘Waste’ Time Beer Braising Before Smoking?

You don’t have to beer braise your brats but its does add some incredible flavor. It also;

– Lowers the chance of unwanted flames or ‘flair-ups’ by sealing in fat.

– Produces a tender sausage by re-introducing moisture.

What Temperature Do I Smoke The Brats?

Smoke the brats at a medium to high temperature of 300°F. Finish off with a high temperature of 375°F to crisp up the casing on the cooked brats.

Get the best of both worlds by gently smoking and then grilling!

How Long Will It Take The Brats To Cook?

At 300°F your brats will take around 45 minutes. If you plan on beer braising then beforehand allow for 10 minutes to infuse the beer flavor tone.

Finishing off the brats at 375°F will take 10 minutes.

What Internal Temperature Do The Brats Need To Be Before Eating

Brats are traditionally made with ground pork, so the internal temp needs to be 165°F before eating.

How To Accurately Monitor The Internal Temp

A calibrated meat thermometer is needed for accurately monitoring the internal temperature. Most pellet grills come with their own meat thermometers built-in! So you can insert and measure the temp for brats while smoking.

Choosing The Right Wood Pellets For Bratwurst

Pork pairs well with sweet flavors like applewood and pecan. We have picked the classic apple wood to gently infuse into our brats.

The dark beer will help give a deep nutty flavor too!=

Do I Toast The Brat Buns Before Serving?

Toasted buns will compliment your beer-braised smoked brats.

So don’t forget to do it!

Give Me Some More Topping Ideas For My Smoked Brats!

The possibilities are endless when paired with the bratwurst’s delicious smoke flavor.

Caramelized onions with a touch of beer are a perfect combination. However today we have gone with sauerkraut, seeded mustard and Dijon mustard.

What To Serve With Our Delicious Smoked Brats Recipe?

So what sides will give your brat cook the perfect company?

Buttery Cobs of Corn

Smoked Bacon Mac and Cheese

Preparing The Brats For Smoking

There isn’t much preparation for this dish…

But a good technique is to poke some holes into the brats before boiling and smoking. This helps the beer penetrate into the meat.

It also will stop the skin from tightening and shrinking during cooking. Poke around 4-5 holes with a fork on each side of the bratwurst.

How to Smoke German Beer Braised Brats

Below are my five simple steps for you to follow.

Step 1: Prepare & Boil The Bratwursts In Beer

– Remove the brats from the packaging on the day of the smoke.

– Make even holes in each brat with your fork.

– Pour the beer into a saucepan and wait until it simmers.

– Carefully place the brats into the simmering beer for 10 minutes.

Step 2: Smoking The Brats

– Load the pellets, prime, set the grill temperature to 300°F, and wait until reached cooking temperature.

–  Dry off excess beer with a paper towel and lightly roll each brat in olive oil.

– Insert your temperature probe into the thickest point of the largest brat.

– Place your brats directly on the cooking grate.

– Smoke until an internal temperature of 140°F.

Step 3: Preparing The Toppings

– Use this point in the smoking process to prepare any topping ingredients you have.

Step 4: Grilling The Brats & Toasting The Buns

– Set the grill temperature to 375°F when the brats have an internal temp of 140°F.

– Turn the brats over to ensure even grill marks on each side.

– When the brats are at 160°F, rub melted butter on the inside of the brat buns.

– Place on the grill grates for 2 minutes.

– Remove the buns & brats from your pellet grill.

Step 5: Build Smoked Brats & Enjoy!

– Take the hot brat buns and coat mustards on the bottom.

– Make the bratwurst by adding the brat into the bun and mustard mixture.

– Cover with the chopped onion or your choice of delicious toppings.

– Serve straightway!

Smoked Brats On A Pellet Grill

Look no further than these delicious smoked brats with beer recipe! Prepare to be wowed as these succulent brats soak up the delicious flavors of a beer braise before being expertly smoked to juicy perfection. With just a few minutes of prep, let the smoker do the magic for a truly crowd-pleasing dish!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time55 minutes
Total Time1 hour 5 minutes
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American, Barbecue
Servings: 5
Calories: 301kcal
Author: Charlie
Cost: 9

Equipment

  • Pellet grill/Electric smoker
  • Hardwood pellets (we used apple wood chips & pellets)
  • Digital Thermometer
  • paper towels
  • Aluminum foil
  • Airtight container
  • Saucepan

Ingredients

  • Raw brats
  • Buns
  • Butter
  • Olive Oil
  • Your favorite dark beer
  • Grain mustard
  • Chopped raw yellow onion

Instructions

Step 1: Prepare & Boil The Bratwursts In Beer

  • Remove the brats from the packaging on the day of the smoke.
  • Make even holes in each brat with your fork.
  • Pour the beer into a saucepan and wait until it simmers.
  • Carefully place the brats into the simmering beer for 10 minutes.

Step 2: Smoking The Brats

  • Load the pellets, prime, set the grill temperature to 300°F, and wait until reached cooking temperature.
  • Dry off excess beer with a paper towel and lightly roll each brat in olive oil.
  • Insert your temperature probe into the thickest point of the largest brat.
  • Place your brats directly on the cooking grate.
  • Smoke until an internal temperature of 140°F.

Step 3: Preparing The Toppings

  • Use this point in the smoking process to prepare any topping ingredients you have.

Step 4: Grilling The Brats & Toating The Buns

  • Set the grill temperature to 375°F when the brats have an internal temp of 140°F.
  • Turn the brats over to ensure even grill marks on each side.
  • When the brats are at 160°F, rub melted butter on the inside of the brat buns.
  • Place on the grill grates for 2 minutes.
  • Remove the buns & brats from your pellet grill.

Step 5: Build The Traeger Smoked Brats & Enjoy!

  • Take the hot brat buns and coat mustards on the bottom.
  • Make the bratwurst by adding the brat into the bun and mustard mixture.
  • Cover with the chopped onion or your choice of delicious toppings.
  • Serve straightway!

Smoke On!

Charlie

Author: Charlie Reeves
Hi, I’m Charlie, I am head taste tester at Simply Meat Smoking! I love it grilling, smoking, and getting out in the yard with the kids! The family also love to test all my recipes (especially my EXTRA CRISPY pulled pork, smoky pork loin, and ANY SEAFOOD I grill)

You will usually find me playing with the kids, perfecting my brisket bark, or sipping beers with boys around the fire. Can’t wait to share all my delicious smoking and grilling adventures with you!

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