Amazing Smoked Brats are the easiest smoker recipe to make for dinner. Tons of delicious smoked flavor, juicy, tender brats topped with your favorite toppings. Perfect for a backyard party or an easy dinner recipe.
Brats are the perfect easy game-day meal or simple dinner to throw together. A lot of people say that they don’t like bratwurst before actually giving it a shot! Or maybe they’ve just had brats that weren’t cooked the right way. So if you’re on the fence about them you’ve gotta try this recipe.
There are probably a ton of different foods that you didn’t know were even better when made on the smoker. These smoked stuffed meatballs are crazy good and you can even make juicy burgers on the smoker. In fact I only make burgers on the smoker with our Beef Seasoning now. Learning how to smoke brats has been a game changer.
What are Bratwursts?
Bratwurst are a German sausage that are most often made from pork. Sometimes they contain veal or beef too. The flavor of brats is typically very mild, so it makes them perfect for smoking.
The thin casing takes on the smoky flavor and makes these brats just delicious. Once you make smoked brats, you’ll never make them any other way!
Why You’ll Love Smoked Brats
- There’s virtually no prep time to this tasty recipe. Just preheat the smoker and place the brats onto grates, and let them cook!
- It’s really easy to smoke an extra large batch. So make plenty for your next party or get together!
- They are a hearty sausage full of protein, so you can be sure that it’s a filling meal. Make for an easy “set and forget” dinner on a busy evening.
- There are so many flavors of brats. Grab original, philly and so much more to mix up the flavors.
Ingredients for smoked brats
- Bratwurst – Grab you favorite brand of bratwurst and get to cookin’! Any kind will do, just make sure you grab uncooked bratwurst when you are at the grocery store. Precooked brats will get chewy after being smoked.
- Bratwurst buns – These fluffy buns are the perfect size for brat links. For extra tasty flavor, you can also butter the inside of each bun and toast them on the grill or stove top.
- Toppings – Use all of your favorite topping to add incredible flavor to these already amazing smoked brats. Here’s a few of our favorites:
How to Smoke Brats
- Preheat your smoker to 225 degrees Fahrenheit and remove the bratwurst from the package.
- Place the links onto the grates of the smoker and let smoker for an hour and a half. Rotate after 20 minutes of cooking. Once the internal temperature of each link reaches 160 degrees Fahrenheit, you can remove them from the smoker.
- Remove the links from the smoker and serve warm with your favorite toppings!
What to Serve with Smoked Brats
Serve up this tasty recipe with any of your most favorite side dishes. Smoked baked beans are always delicious, as well as smoked jalapeño popper mac and cheese. If you want a side dish that isn’t french fries, then make these grilled foil packets with potatoes instead!
How to Store Leftover Smoked Bratwurst
FRIDGE: Place leftovers into an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days.
FREEZER: You can also freeze leftover brats! Wrap in plastic wrap or place into an airtight container and store for up to 3 months. Allow to thaw before reheating.
How to Reheat Leftover Brats
Reheat brats on the stove top, in the oven, or in the microwave until they reach a safe internal temperature.
Are kielbasa and bratwurst the same thing?
Though these two sausages are somewhat similar, they are not the same. Bratwurst are primarily made from pork and use different spices and seasonings. Kielbasa typically contain beef.
Salt, pepper, nutmeg, and ginger are the most common spices in brats. Whereas, kielbasa is seasoned with garlic and marjoram to give it it’s specific flavor. I wouldn’t try to pass off kielbasa as bratwurst, but you can use this method of smoking to smoke some kielbasa sausage!
- Even though it’s listed in the ingredients for this recipe, I want to emphasize that you make sure to specifically buy brat buns. They hold these tasty smoked bratwurst so much better than hot dog buns would.
- Don’t over cook the brats! Make sure you’re watching them closely towards the end and that you rotate them in the first 20 minutes.
- Use an instant read meat thermometer so that you can get a quick and accurate internal temperature reading.
Smoked brats are a game changer when it comes to easy dinners. This smoked brats recipe is a set and forget meal that is as easy as it comes!
More Smoker Recipes You’ll Love
- If you love mac and cheese, then you’re going to love Smoked Mac and Cheese! So creamy and so cheesy.
- BBQ Smoked Meatballs are a lovely appetizer and easy meal. Another set and forget recipe that everyone should know how to make!
- Change up the breakfast routine with Smoked Bacon Slices. So much flavor in one crispy bite of breakfast heaven!
- Desserts don’t have to be difficult. These Smoked Apples are so easy and always turn out mouthwateringly good!
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- 6 bratwursts
- 6 bratwurst buns
- Toppings to serve: Sauerkraut, ketchup, mustard, relish
- Preheat the smoker to 225 degrees Fahrenheit according to manufacturers directions.
- Remove the brats from their packaging.
- Put the brats on the preheated smoker and let them smoke for about 1 hour 30 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 160 degrees Fahrenheit. Rotate them after 20 minutes.
- Remove and serve warm.