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Homemade Beer Brats
Homemade Beer Brats

Homemade Beer Brats! My love of sausage making has been on hold for 32 years. I was waiting for life to slow down a bit. Then it dawned on me just what am I waiting for? So, I got my meat grinder/stuffer out, dug up my old recipes and started making sausage. I made these Beer Brats for Patti.

Sausage making is easier than you might think, keep in mind that man has been making some 3000 years before Christ. They had only stone tools then and today you can get a decent grinder/stuffer for less than $100. There are no rules as to the flavor profile you can go. In the U.S. alone there are over 200 styles of sausage. The only rules you need to pay attention to are the “Kitchen Police Rules”, “Keep Things Clean and Cold” …

Patti and I have set one night a week just for us. It’s our date night. We usually put something special on our Green Mountain Wood Pellet Grill/Smoker but sometimes we cook inside. We always eat outside on our patio where it is very comfortable with a rainforest theme.  Wood Pellet Patio Heater, little lights, candles, lanterns and surround sound. We enjoy a little wine, or strawberry margaritas using frozen strawberries for ice, good food, music and sometimes a dance or two…

Homemade Beer Brats
A Wood Pellet Grill Recipe

Prep Time: 1 1/2 hrs., and 1 ½ hrs. if you cold smoke the meat
Cook Time: 20 minutes @350* (177c)
Grill: Green Mountain Wood Pellet Grill
Pellets: Green Mountain’s Fruitwood Blend BBQ Pellets

Ingredients: Homemade Beer Brats

  • 5-lb fine ground pork butt, (we cold smoked the pork)
  • 1-cup your favorite cold beer
  • ½ cup chives, chopped
  • 2-Tbsp paprika
  • 1-tsp cumin
  • 3-medium onions finely chopped
  • 2-tsp dried oregano
  • 10 cloves of garlic, (we cold smoked the garlic)
  • 2-tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp coarse black pepper
  • Casing of choice for stuffing

Homemade Beer Brats
A Wood Pellet Grill Recipe


Homemade Beer Brats
Cold Smoke


Link: How To Cold Smoke

Link to Video How to Cold Smoke

Cooking Directions: Homemade Beer Brats

I found that 5 pounds boneless pork butt works out great for sausage making. Just the right amount of fat for a lower fat sausage. For some sausages you may want to add a little more fat.

Trim fat from the outside of meat to your fat preference and remove all the silver skin you can. Slice into strips that will feed into your meat grinder.

For that “Kiss of Smoke” in this sausage you can “Cold Smoke” the pork and at the same time do some garlic and cheese. We cold smoked this for 1 ½ hours on our Bull Racks with a Wedgie for that “Kiss of Smoke”.

TIP: #1 The meat will cut easier if you partly freeze it.
#2 I keep steel bowls in the freezer to place the meat in for each step to help keep it cold.

Homemade Beer Brats
A Wood Pellet Grill Recipe

Grind the meat using the large cutting disc running the meat into a “COLD” bowl. Place into the fridge in between steps. Mix the seasoning thoroughly to ensure the ingredients are spread evenly throughout the meat and back into the fridge as you set up the stuffer. You can let the seasonings blend overnight if you like. At this point you can take a taste test of your seasoned meat to see if you want to make any adjustments by placing a tablespoonful of meat into a skillet and cooking it.

If your taste test was good, load the casing onto the stuffing tube with the directions for the casing you are using. I used hog casing here. Start the stuffer and get all the air out of the stuffing tube.

Tie a knot in the casing and start stuffing them. Try to keep the air out of the sausage you can or it will explode as it’s cooking. You can buy a sausage pick for $10 or just use an ice pick, paper clip, tooth pick or a knife tip. Do this when you tie off your casing and/or twist into links.

To serve cook as you would any brats.

I use a Maverick ProTemp Instant Read Thermometer for checking meat temps.

Note: I get a lot of questions about the kind of pellets you can use with a recipe. Keep in mind that a recipe is just an outline. Some you need to follow closely like when you are making bread, but most you can do anything you can dream, our favorite way to cook. Feel free to mix and match the pellets until you find a combination you really like. Also, you are only smoking at temps less than 250 degrees (122c), anything higher is cooking and there will not be much if any smoke, so it does not matter what kind of pellet you are using.

Homemade Beer Brats
A Wood Pellet Grill Recipe

Homemade Beer Brats
Grind Meat into a Cold Bowl


Homemade Beer Brats
Mix in the Seasoning


Homemade Beer Brats
Taste Test to Check Your Seasoning


Homemade Beer Brats
A Wood Pellet Grill Recipe

Homemade Beer Brats
We Used Hog Casing


Homemade Beer Brats
Fill Your Casing


Homemade Beer Brats
Twist into Links


Homemade Beer Brats
A Wood Pellet Grill Recipe

Homemade Beer Brats
We Did These on a Griddle


Homemade Beer Brats
Let’s Eat!!!

Homemade Beer Brats
A Wood Pellet Grill Recipe

About our Recipes

We do our recipes on our patio where we have a lineup of grills, including Green Mountain, Sawtooth, Louisiana, Royall, Memphis, Traeger pellet grills, Char Griller side box smoker, Saber, Charmglow, Char-Broil, The Big Easy, Pacific Living Outdoor Oven, Lodge Sportsman’s, Brinkman and Weber. I call it our “Wall of Grill”. Our grilling styles are healthy and low fat and will fit pelletheads, gas, natural wood and even charcoal purists. Almost any of our recipes can be done on any kind of good BBQ.

The important thing to keep in mind is TIME & TEMPERATURE. You can even do some of them in the oven or crock pot, but, then you lose all the flavors you get from cooking outdoors. But sometimes it does rain.

Remember that a recipe is simply an outline; it is not written in stone. Don’t be afraid to make changes to suit your taste. Take it and run with it….

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Ken & Patti
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This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Made the Homemade Beer Brats and they were really good. I wish there was a printable version of the recipe. I am old school like things on paper. Thanks

    1. Thanks Kim,
      I too am old school and like tp print out recipes…
      I’ll find a program for you…

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