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Sunday, May 13, 2012

Smoked Beer Brats in a Crockpot

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    The hubby has a new toy - a smoker. We've been practicing with all kinds of foods to see how the timing is different for smoking. When you're used to grilling with propane, smoking is a whole new challenge. 
    Normally, I steam brats in beer with veggies on the stove until done and then polish them off on the grill for color and marks. This recipe is completely backwards.
     We were smoking a chicken and had space on the grill, so I put the brats on for an hour to get some of the smoke flavor and then threw them in the slow cooker with beer and veggies to finish the cooking and keep them moist.
    The brats were well marked, had a snap to the skin and picked up the smoke the flavor. They weren't as moist as I would've liked, more beer was needed in the crockpot so I increased the amount. This is a nice change from the ordinary and if you're smoking other stuff anyway, this is a good way to go, but I wouldn't fire up the smoker just for a few brats.


Smoked Beer Brats in a Crockpot
1 pkg. fresh bratwurst (5-6)
sprinkle of kosher salt and ground black pepper
1/4 green bell pepper, cut into strips
1/4 onion, cut in strips
1/2 beer, your choice of flavor

  Cook brats on smoker over direct heat (white coals) 1 hour, rotating often for even browning.
Remove brats from smoker and put in slow cooker.  Layer onions and peppers on brats. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Add beer.
  Cook brats on low 5-7 hours (high 2-3). Serve on buns topped with peppers and onions. Spicy brown mustard is especially good with this.
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