armyguy You have hit the nail on the head with your initial post about the dangerzone. What I would recommend is adding sure cure to whatever water you are adding to the meat but then treat the mixing and stuffing like it is a fresh brat. That would give you extra leeway to cold smoke your brats before packing and then grilling them. Another very good option is like Joe Hell said, adding Hickory Smoke Powder
I’m new to meatgistics
I have a question for Austin
I noticed on your finished chicken brats that the ends where open
Do you tie them? Or just cut to length?
And what length?
Thanks for all the great information you provide!
I usually twist link, and then cut the links. I have tried tying sausage before, but it is a little too time consuming for my liking.
If you just twist link and cut, the ends may open up a bit as you cook.
For length, I just try to make them about bun length, so they fit as good as possible, something about 6 inches.