Smoked Brats with Bacon Jam

Brats are one of my favorite sausages for the grill. Typically I’ll simmer them in a beer and onion bath for a ½ hour, then brown them up real quick on a hot grill, but they’re also great as a smoked brats.

For this recipe all you need is 8-10 bratwurst sausages. You can find them in just about any grocery store; Johnsonville Brats are probably the most popular brand you’ll find. If you see fresh in-house brats gives those a try too; they’ll taste even better.

smoked brats

There’s no prep when it comes to smoking brats which make them a great football food. Just fire up your smoker and throw on a couple of cherry wood chunks for smoke. You can use any grill or smoker set up for indirect cooking. I used my UDS for these; just run the cooking temp around 250 degrees.

On the drum I placed a ½ size aluminum pan over the coal basket and filled it with a little water. This will keep the direct heat off the brats and add a little moisture. We want the brats to slow cook and absorb the cherry smoke. It only takes about 1 ½ hours total time for the brats to fully cook.

smoked brats

Half way through the smoking process, flip the brats over so they cook evenly. Also you’ll want to check the internal temperature before taking them off the cooker. For fresh brats it needs to be a minimum of 165⁰ in the center.

smoked brats

The smoke flavor really comes through in these brats but what makes them extra special is the Bacon Jam I use for a topping. Of course you can add whatever toppings you like; Sautéed Peppers and Onions go great.

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I am Malcom Reed and my brother, Waylon, and I are the Killer Hogs competition bbq team. Here at, I want to give you my secrets, methods and techniques you need to produce competition-quality BBQ. I want to give enough detail for BBQ novices, but still offer information that is useful for the professional BBQ cooks. I only focus on REAL bbq. And I take it seriously.

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  1. Aaron wilson November 13, 2016 at 1:58 am -

    Love your videos. Lots of info. I was wanting to know if you have any videos on how to smoke a turky on a regular smooker? & where would i get one of those ups smokers?

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