Hey everyone. John The Midwest Flatlander here, and I love brats!! I can't describe it, but there is just something that seems right about grilling brats. In fact, I don't think I've ever eaten a brat that was not grilled. Brats and a grill are just meant for each other. They're like peanut butter and jelly; biscuits and gravy; bacon and...bacon. So I recently discovered that I really like smoking brats more so than just grilling them. But I have to say, I like using a particular type of smoke with brats. My new favorite smoking wood for brats is non other than apple wood. I get amazing results using apple wood, and it's really easy to work with. So let's get started.
First, soak some apple wood chunks (I also throw in one hickory chunk but that is not required) for an hour or two.
Next, load up the chimney with charcoal and get that fire going.
Setup the grill for indirect grilling and place the wood chunks onto the hot coals. Set the brats on the cold side of the grill. Place the grill lid onto the grill with the vent holes completely open and placed directly over the brats, so that wonderful smoke will be drawn over the brats as they slow cook. Don't worry if your fire gets too hot. Simply close the vent holes slightly until that fire settles down.
Cooking time is approximately 30-45 minutes. The color of the brats will guide you as you they cook, so be sure to give each brat a quarter turn to make sure you get balanced color. Once they turn this amazing reddish color on all sides, it's time to eat! If you like a little char, leave them on for a few extra minutes. I wish you could smell these. Boy howdy I'm getting hungry! Where's my plate?
Finish them off with a delicious salad and some home made vanilla cream soda, and you've got a real crowd pleaser. Why yes, I'll have a double please.
So the next time you run out to the grocery store, grab your favorite brats, and don't forget the apple wood.
That will do it for this session. I'll see you next time, and remember leave no trace...leave a legacy.