The Country Cook: Bacon Wrapped Brats

Monday, January 9, 2012

Bacon Wrapped Brats

If you've never heard of a brat before, then chances are you probably thought the title of this post meant I was wrapping up some annoying little children with bacon. And that would be pretty darn funny. But cruel. Nope, brat is short for bratwurst. It's a pretty popular sausage in the midwest and northern areas of this country where there is a heavy concentration of folks that are of Eastern European decent. My Dad introduced it to me as a kid. He grew up in Wisconsin where cooking brats in a million different ways is an art form. My Mom, who is from the South, thinks it's an acquired taste. However, she really loves the Johnsonville smoked brats (which I'm using for this recipe). 

Speaking of my Momma, do any of y'all have a Kroger store near you?  How many of y'all call it Krogers? With an "s" on the end?  My Mom insists on calling it Krogers. She says "I'm gonna go up to Krogers." She also calls wrestling, "wrastling." My Mom, she's from the deep south y'all. You can move a southern girl a little further north, but you can never take the southern slang out of her. 

Anyhoo, I've totally gotten off topic here. Back to the brats! I'm pretty sure you could wrap anything up in bacon and it would be good. And these are no exception. You could also make these with Lit'l Smokies.
1 package (14 oz.) smoked bratwurst
6 slices bacon
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1 teaspoon dry mustard

Be sure to get the kind of brats that are already cooked, like these. These ones are fully cooked, smoked and ready to go!
Preheat oven to 425F degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. These little suckers are gonna drip a little grease as they cook. Lining your sheet with parchment paper will really help with clean up later.
In a small bowl, combine brown sugar with dry mustard. 
Cut up each brat into three pieces (you can make them smaller if you like). 
Cut up each bacon slice into three pieces as well. 
Wrap each brat slice with a slice of bacon. Don't worry, you don't need to secure it with anything. They stick to each other pretty nicely.
Cover each bacon wrapped brat with the brown sugar mixture. Then place on baking sheet and continue with the rest of them. This recipe will make 24.
Bake brats for 25-30 minutes, until bacon is crispy. These brats do produce some grease from the bacon. If you'd like, after baking, you can place the brats on some paper towels before putting them on plates to absorb any extra grease.
To serve, just insert toothpicks in each one. And serve with your favorite types of mustards; yellow, honey mustard, spicy brown, etc.


  1. Looks delicious! We make a variation on these every Christmas, but have never tried it with the brown sugar/dry mustard mix--will do that this year!:)

  2. I didn't think you could make brats any better! We may have a playoff party and these will certainly make the menu...yum, yum!!!

  3. yummy...tasty one..Bookmarked


  4. Oh, yeah! I love those! so cool and simple! Bravo!

  5. These are too good to be true. I made them a while back and shamelessly ate most of them.

  6. When I was growing up my Grandma in West Virginia Literally lived right beside a Kroger. They had a real butcher and everything!

    I've made something like this with hot dogs but never rolled them in brown sugar. These look awesome! Definitely some man food right there!

  7. Oh yeah! Not more than 20 minutes ago I spied some leftover li'l smokies in the fridge and wondered what I would do with them. WA-LA! Here you are with this fabulous idea. Gonna make them soon. GREAT idea! LOVE your mama's 'talk' too. =)

  8. Okay, I can totally relate to everything on this post! I grew up in Iowa, but spent 3 1/2 years in WI and learned all about brats. I live in TX now and I have a Krogers (note the s) just down the block. We usually say we are going to Krogers. Not, "the" Krogers, but close enough. And I love this variation on this recipe. We make them with lil smokies and put the toothpick in them and fill up a pie plate with them and then cover them all with brown sugar. When you bake them the brown sugar makes a nice thick syrup. They never go a beggin'. Flash back to my Iowa roots there.

    Thanks for the great post!

  9. These are the best thing ever, I have made them and they just fly off the plate.

  10. Great Super Bowl dish. We love grilled brats so I am saving this to try. Thanks!

  11. Oh my, those sure do look tasty! I will have to try them. I live in Indiana, but I grew up in Oklahoma, and have to admit I say Krogers as well! LOL It's funny, we had a grocery store here in town that was named Cox grocery, but I always called it Coxs. My friends had a lot of fun at my expense because I always added an S. Don't know why I do it, but can't stop myself. LOL

  12. My mom made these and my family continues now she's gone only difference is we put them in a slw cooker and pour the sugar mixture over top and cook on low 4 to 6 hours Smokie's, wieners, about any kind works well.


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