Smoked Smithfield Craft Collection Yuengling Traditional Bratwurst and Sauerkraut Hoagie

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Smithfield®. The opinions and text are all mine.

The best part of summer is spending time with your family and friends. I am a foodie, if you couldn’t tell that before, and nothing could make me happier during hot summer days than good ole BBQ, smoked sausages, grilled steak, and the list is pretty much endless.

Anything that’s coming from my grill or smoker is like the best thing in the world to me. My family and I spend so much time outside during summer break grilling, and I assume many other families do the same.

Today I am sharing the best way to prepare Smithfield® Craft Collection™ Yuengling® Traditional Bratwurst. They’re smoked to perfection with Mesquite flavor of the pallets, then topped with sauerkraut (also cooked in my smoker in an iron skillet), then placed in a warmly toasted hoagie. I mean can I hear you cheer, please? These were the bomb. My family couldn’t stop eating them and I am doing it next weekend because they keep asking for more. Who am I to say no, right?!

I was overwhelmed with the flavor in a good way; as well as the texture and overall perfection of the bratwurst. My husband, who by the way lived for quite some time in Germany, can say that these are LEGIT and are really darn good sausages.

The Smithfield bratwursts are infused with real Yuengling Traditional Lager, are made with premium cuts of pork and a special blend of sweet and savory spices and no MSG. Yuengling beer is from America’s oldest craft brewery and it has an amazingly rich amber color.

It has roasted caramel malt for a subtle sweetness and pairs great with grilled food. I mean beer and brats are the perfect pairing, don’t you agree?

As I stated above, Yuengling is America’s oldest craft brewery, which is located in Pottsville, PA, and Smithfield is located in Smithfield, VA- the ham capital of the world. Both come from towns with a slower, more thoughtful pace – grounded in tradition with a pride for their heritage. With that heritage comes an appreciation for quality, flavor, and family. Well, if you ask me, my friends, that makes Smithfield & Yuengling the perfect pair.

Yuengling Lager beer complements these sausages perfectly, especially with some smoked sauerkraut. If you like cold beer, smoked sausage, and the sauerkraut in a toasted hoagie, then head over to Kroger and get yourself ready for an amazing summer cookout. You want to be a King or a Queen of your neighborhood this summer and I am telling you it cannot get any better than this. With 4th of July around the corner, NASCAR and football as well, these would make you the best party host. You can thank me later!


Please let me know, what is your favorite way to prep your bratwurst? Do you cook it in the beer before grilling or does it go straight on the grill? We love them either way and leftovers, if I have any, are amazing for breakfast with some eggs. You can find Smithfield Yuengling Bratwurst at your local Kroger.


5 from 2 votes

Smoked Smithfield Craft Collection Yuengling Traditional Bratwurst and Sauerkraut Hoagie

Course Grilling
Cuisine American, German
Keyword sausages, grilling, summer food,
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6 Servings
Author Sandra | Sandra's Easy Cooking


  • 2 packs Smithfield Craft Collection Yuengling Traditional Bratwurst
  • 1 jar Sauerkraut
  • 1 tbsp. Oil
  • 3 Cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp. Ground Black Pepper
  • Hoagie Bread Buns


  1. Place the bratwurst on the grill.
  2. For the best results, cook on the lower temperature, between 300 and 350°F, for about 10 minutes on one side
  3. and 10 minutes on the other.
  4. Close the lid and allow the bratwurst to smoke for additional 10 minutes.
  5. The internal temperature of the bratwurst should be 160°F.
  6. While the bratwurst are grilling, prepare sauerkraut.
  7. Heat up the iron skillet and sauté minced garlic on the drizzle of oil.
  8. Add sauerkraut and sauté for a couple of minutes. Let it cook on the grill for 10 minutes, then close the grill and smoke it for additional 10 minutes. Add a few pinches of ground black pepper. I like to cook sauerkraut just in time for when I need to smoke bratwursts, so they are both done at the same time.
  9. Last but not least, open up the hoagies and grill them for a minute or until you get nice grill marks.
  10. Serve immediately.

Please, drink and eat responsibly!


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