Smoking bratwurst at 225F question

Discussion in 'Sausage' started by uncle eddie, Aug 13, 2016.

  1. uncle eddie

    uncle eddie Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    I have always grilled/smoked brats on my 'traditional' offset smoker at higher temps (325F or so).  However - I also see a lot of posts where people smoke them at 225F.

    Is the skin tough when smoked at 225F?

    I will be using 'regular' Johnsonville brats if this makes a difference.
  2. forluvofsmoke

    forluvofsmoke Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I've never smoked sausages (indirect heat) at higher temps. I've grilled hot & fast, and smoked (indirect) low & slow. The most recent sausages I smoked were breakfast links, and even those casings had a nice snap. I find that hot & fast grilling produces the toughest casings, partially due to searing them, which also sears the meat just under the casing. As for higher indirect heat, I would think that at some point a tougher exterior texture would be the result, but not so much if you don't overcook them.

    If higher temps work to your preference, then, roll with it, but, low & slow has worked fine for me in the past.

  3. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    That's a good question Eddie.

    I always put brats on the grill with a chunk of oak on the coals.

    Why not give it a try at the lower temp & let us know what you think.

    I have a feeling they will come out tender even at the lower temp.

  4. crankybuzzard

    crankybuzzard Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    They should be just fine.

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