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Smoked Bratwurst

Ingredients

25 pounds lean pork
3 pounds water
 
Bratwurst seasoning to taste:
1 ounce Prague Powder
½ teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 teaspoon garlic powder
2 teaspoons onion powder

Instructions

Grind pork through 3/8"" plate then through 1/8"" plate. Add seasoning, spices, and water. Mix thoroughly. Stuff into hog casings and link to desired size.
 
Hang bratwurst in smoker. Do not allow pieces to touch. Dry for 1 to 1½ hours at 110°F. Casings should be dry to the touch.
 
Set smoker temperature to 160°F. Smoke-cook at this temperature until internal temperature of sausage is 145°F, approximately 3 - 4 hours.
 
Remove product from smoker to ice water bath until cooled, about 30 minutes.
 
Recommended wood: Hickory