did you find the casing kept out the smoke flavor? I did some brats and was not impressed. They were good but the not much smoke flavor added. I pulled the casing off the next batch. They were better but were dryer.
I think if I would have simmered them in beer and onions after smoking them like you are supposed to they would have been better
Actually the smoke flavor is excellent. We left the casings on and did nothing to them. I had read several posts going either way so wasn't sure what would happen. I wish I could tell you what kind they were but I buy everything in bulk so that means they were cheapos from Costco....no clue. They were very juicy.