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2 July 2018

Fire up the grill for this recipe with juicy beer brats wrapped in bacon, grilled to perfection, smothered in an easy-to-make spicy sauce made with tomato and fiery habanero peppers. Let’s get cooking!

Summertime! YES! Summer to me means brats cooking on the grill and with the 4th of July just about here, Johnsonville brats are my go-to grilling food, because truly, you can’t spell sausage without U-S-A! Head on over to your local grocer and grab yourself a couple packages of Johnsonville brats because for this recipe, we’re going a bit wild.

Johnsonville Brats

We’re talking awesome USA-made Johnsonville brats wrapped in bacon then topped with a nice and spicy habanero sauce that seriously ROCKS!

Bacon Wrapped Beer Brats with lots of spicy habanero sauce.

Johnsonville is sponsoring the American Cornhole League’s Pro Invitational event at Coney Island this year, which will be on ESPN2 on July 4, so that is DEFINITELY something you’ll want to check out. 16 of the best cornhole players are squaring off for $20,000 in prize money.

Nice! It’s great family time this time of year – Grilling, fireworks and backyard fun, like playing cornhole. I’m in.

Check out this hilarious “hype video” of  Ben Franklin, Lady Liberty, George Washington and the American Eagle.

If you live in the area, the event is free, open to the public and begins at 10 a.m. ET at Coney Island’s MCU Park (1904 Surf Ave, Brooklyn, NY). If you can’t make it in person, be sure to tune in and watch the action live on ESPN2 from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET.

And then! Let’s talk about making our Bacon Wrapped Brats! It’s super easy.

How to Make Bacon Wrapped Brats – the Recipe Method

First thing we need to do is gather up our ingredients, which include Johnsonville brats, thick-cut bacon, onion, jalapeno peppers, and ingredients for our easy habanero sauce.

Bacon Wrapped Beer Brats ingredients

Plus! We’re making BEER brats, so you’ll need some light beer to get this going.

Fire up your grill to medium heat then set the Johnsonville brats into a baking dish with peppers and onions. Make sure to choose a dish that will be OK on the grill. Set the brats over the peppers and onions.

Next, pour the beer over the brats. You want to cover or mostly cover the brats in beer, so you may need more than one, or use a smaller container.

If you’d prefer to NOT cook with beer, use chicken or vegetable broth. The results will be similar, though not quite the same.

Next, shut the grill lid. Let the brats simmer in there for about 20 minutes, flipping them once about 10 minutes in. They will turn a whitish color.

Beer Brats - This is after they've simmered in beer, before you grill them
Beer Brats – This is after they’ve simmered in beer, before you grill them

Remove the brats and let them cool enough to handle. Then, wrap the Johnsonville brats in thick-cut bacon. Like so.

Wrapping Sausages in Bacon

Use toothpicks to secure the bacon and grill them for about 15-20 minutes more, flipping them here and there, until the bacon is nice and crispy.

Wrapping Sausages in Bacon for the grill.

So good!

Making the Spicy Habanero Sauce

For the sauce, add tomato sauce, habanero peppers, Fresno pepper, Worcestershire sauce, vinegar, chili oil, garlic powder and salt and pepper to a food processor. Process it until smooth.

Spicy habanero sauce processed and ready for eating.
Bacon Wrapped Beer Brats are ready to eat.

Heat the sauce in a small pan about 10 minutes to warm and cook through.

BOOM! Super easy, right?

Serve up those bacon-wrapped brats on buns and pour your spicy habanero sauce over them and you’re good to go. Grilling time awesomeness!

Bacon Wrapped Beer Brats smothered in a homemade spicy habanero sauce.

Enjoy them, then go play some cornhole. And don’t forget to check out the cornhole tournament on ESPN2 on July 4th from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET. A good time will be had by all.

If you enjoy this recipe, I hope you’ll leave a comment with some STARS. Also, please share it on social media. Don’t forget to tag us at #ChiliPepperMadness. I’ll be sure to share! Thanks! — Mike H.

5 from 7 votes
Bacon Wrapped Beer Brats - Recipe
Bacon Wrapped Beer Brats with Spicy Habanero Sauce – Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
45 mins
 

Fire up the grill for this recipe with juicy beer brats wrapped in bacon, grilled to perfection, smothered in an easy-to-make spicy sauce made with tomato and fiery habanero peppers. Let’s get cooking!

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bacon, brats, bratwurst, grilling, habanero
Servings: 10 brats
Calories: 526 kcal
Ingredients
  • 10 Johnsonville Brats
  • 1 large white onion chopped
  • 2 jalapeno peppers chopped
  • 24 ounces light beer – a flavorful summer lager is great here
  • 10 strips thick cut bacon
  • 10 buns for serving
FOR THE SPICY SAUCE
  • 8 ounces tomato sauce
  • 3 habanero peppers chopped
  • 1 Fresno pepper chopped
  • 1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon spicy chili oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Set a pot onto your grill’s side burner and add the sausages. Pour the beer to cover them. Add the onions and jalapeno peppers. Bring to a quick boil, then reduce heat and simmer about 20 minutes until they are mostly cooked through.

  2. Cool them enough to handle, then wrap each bratwurst in thick cut bacon.
  3. Heat the grill to medium heat. Lightly oil the grates. Sear the sausages about 15-20 minutes flipping occasionally to avoid burning, until they are cooked through and the bacon is nicely crispy. The internal temperature should be 150 degrees F.
  4. For the sauce, add the tomato sauce, habanero peppers, Fresno pepper, Worcestershire sauce, vinegar, chili oil, garlic powder and salt and pepper to a food processor. Process it until smooth.

  5. Heat the sauce in a small pan about 10 minutes to warm and cook through.
  6. Serve the bacon wrapped brats onto buns and smother with the sauce.
  7. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

Makes 10 brats.

Nutrition Facts
Bacon Wrapped Beer Brats with Spicy Habanero Sauce – Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 526 Calories from Fat 315
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 35g 54%
Saturated Fat 11g 55%
Cholesterol 72mg 24%
Sodium 1150mg 48%
Potassium 491mg 14%
Total Carbohydrates 28g 9%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 4g
Protein 18g 36%
Vitamin A 3.4%
Vitamin C 13.1%
Calcium 10.5%
Iron 13.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Bacon Wrapped Beer Brats are ready to eat.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Johnsonville. The opinions and text are all mine.

Bacon Wrapped Beer Brats with Spicy Habanero Sauce – Fire up the grill for this recipe with juicy beer brats wrapped in bacon, grilled to perfection, smothered in an easy-to-make spicy sauce made with tomato and fiery habanero peppers. Let’s get cooking! #BeerBrats #Bratwurst #Grilling #Bacon #BaconWrapped

8 comments

  1. Talk about lighting it up for the 4th of July–The heat on these brats would surely make things spark! haha! These sound delicious, Mike!

  2. Oh, my gosh! I am so excited to try your delicious recipe. I love beer brats and the fact that you wrapped them in bacon! I’m squealing! I also can’t wait to try your sauce!

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Thanks, Elaine. The sauce will definitely spice things up!

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Thanks, Marlynn! They definitely ARE tasty.

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