Smoked Beer Brats

I’m going to share a Wisconsin tailgate staple with you: brats! Brats are a hit at any Wisconsin party, get together, dinner, and even a Packers tailgate! We typically soak them in beer, boil it, then toss them on the grill but when I started using the pellet grill for my brats, it just took them to another level! This recipe is extremely simple but it hits the spot and pairs well with a cold beer.


  • Six brats
  • 48 ounces of your favorite domestic beer
    • If using an IPA, you’ll notice more IPA flavor in the brat
  • Four cups of water
  • One yellow onion
    • If you have red onion, that’ll work, too
  • Stockpot


Again, this is a very simple recipe that produces amazing results. Bring this to your next tailgate party!

  • Begin by combining and boiling your beer and water
  • Once boiling, add your chopped onion
  • Then add your brats
  • Preheat your smoker to HIGH (450) while doing this
  • Use a smoke tube if you’d like since we are running at a high temp
  • Let them boil until grey (about 15 minutes)
  • Then turn off heat
  • If your pellet grill has slide and sear, get that prepped
  • Place brats on grill and now we want to give them a beautiful charred crust
  • Let them grill in the flames/high heat turning every five minutes or so
  • Remove once all sides of the brat have a gorgeous reddish-black color to them
  • Place in a bun, add your favorite condiments, and enjoy!

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