Bacon Wrapped Bratwursts

By Maria Lichty

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On Saturday we had a tailgating party for the Utah vs. BYU game. We look forward to this rivalry game every year. It is usually at the end of the season, but since both teams are in different conferences this year, it came early. We were ready though! We had some friends over to watch the big game and to enjoy some good eats. Josh was in charge of the grill and made Bacon Wrapped Bratwursts for the meat lovers.

Josh wrapped a piece of bacon around each brat and used a toothpick to hold the bacon in place. He put the brats on soaked skewers so they wouldn’t curl up. He wanted them to fit the buns nicely. So if you don’t want a “curly” brat, use Josh’s tip and skewer the brats before grilling.

Josh grilled the bacon wrapped brats until the brats were cooked and the bacon was slightly crispy. He was salivating while grilling:) He was so proud of his “man food.”

When the brats were done cooking, he placed them in buns with sauteed onions and peppers. He served Bush’s Maple Cured Baked Beans on the side-his favorite. He loves the big, thick chunks of bacon with the hint of sweet maple syrup. The guys were in heaven with this meal! Perfect game day food!

We made sure we had a radio on outside by the grill so everyone could here the pre-game coverage. Then, we all moved inside to cheer on our Utes. We didn’t want our guests to miss any of the action:) Luckily, the Utes pulled out a BIG win. They beat BYU 54-10. GO UTES!

We had a great time at our party and everyone loved Josh’s Bacon Wrapped Brats. Stay tuned for my vegetarian friendly tailgating recipe. We had something for everyone at our party:)

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Bacon Wrapped Bratwursts

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  • 6 bratwursts
  • 6 pieces of bacon
  • 2 onions sliced
  • 2 green peppers cut into strips
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 6 bratwurst buns


  • 1. Wrap a piece or bacon around each bratwurst. Use 2-3 toothpicks to hold bacon in place. Place a soaked skewer through each bratwurst. This keeps the brat from curling up when cooking.
  • 2. Cook bacon wrapped brats on the grill over medium-high heat. Rotate the brats a couple of times while cooking. Grill for about 7-10 minutes or until brats and bacon are cooked all the way through.
  • 3. While the brats are cooking, add onion and green pepper in a medium skillet that has been coated with olive oil. Saute until tender over medium high heat.
  • 4. Serve bacon wrapped brats in buns with onions and peppers. Serve warm.

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I'm Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. My hubby would love these!

    I made some beans over the weekend using some Bush’s beans that I won in your giveaway a few months ago!

  2. pork-wrapped pork…does it get any better?! i’m bookmarking this for a future tailgating party line-up!

  3. That is some delicious looking ‘man food’! We are fond of anything wrapped in bacon around our house; but, we’ve never thought of wrapping it around sausage before grilling it. That’s brilliant! Pinning this one. Thanks!

  4. Oh man, how did I never think of this? My husband and I eat brats probably once a month or so, it my go-to quick meal on evenings when I’m really busy and we don’t want to order delivery. I always boil my brats in beer for about an hour before actually cooking them, it gives them a great flavor and they stay nice and juicy. 🙂

  5. Beautiful photographs! And, what a great grilling tip. I had not idea that putting in the skewer would prevent shrinking.

  6. My husband would love these! These are definitely a great game day food. Bacon makes everything better. And I love the skewer tip about keeping the bratwurts from shrinking and curling up. That is a great tip.

  7. Wow, now that is my kind of Brat! Looks fantastic 🙂 I keep checking twitter to see if baby boy is coming, so excited for you guys!! xoxo

  8. Love this idea. So easy and something different. I’m sure they smelled so good while they were cooking…(and after too of course!)

  9. I hesitate to leave a post, since the game, for me, was, in fact, a tragedy. But the brats look delicious. Never thought of wrapping them in bacon.

    Hope the baby comes soon. 🙂

  10. I live in the land of the Brat (Wisconsin) and I’m pretty sure this version beats anything I’ve seen out here. Delicious!

  11. Mmm…delish. The only thing missing is swiss cheese. I always melt a slice of swiss cheese on our brats before serving.

  12. Ohh… that game was absolutely embarrassing. I went to BYU, but I’m not a die-hard cougar football fan. (I don’t like football period.) That being said, my heart still hurt for them!

    And wrapping anything in bacon is a good idea. 🙂

  13. Everything is better with bacon!! These look so good – and would be perfect to serve at the next football game get together at our house! Thank you!!

  14. I love that you guys compliment each other so well! I feel like whenever you host a bbq your guests get the best of the meat and veg-eating worlds!

  15. Holy pork products, Batman! We are brat and bacon lovers in our house, but putting them together would be new for us!

  16. I am from WI, so we are serious about our Brats! This is anything but traditional, but it looks so good! Anything with bacon is better!

  17. Those look amazing!! Two of my favorite things. BIG mistake reading this at lunchtime!!

    And I love the tip for skewering the brats…I will definitely be trying!!

  18. Very good thing I did not read this post with the males in my house around.. otherwise I’d be making bacon wrapped brats as we speak!!

  19. I almost couldn’t believe I saw the words bacon and bratwurst on your blog 🙂 Shocked but I love it!

  20. These bratwrusts look incredible! Perfect tailgating food!

    My husband was at the game, he played for BYU two years ago, so you can imagine his embarrassment.

    I opted to go to the Real Salt Lake game with friends. At least they won! But congrats to your Utes:)