Rating: 4.63 stars
137 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 106
  • 4 star values: 17
  • 3 star values: 10
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 2

Sweet, tangy, smoky, and oh so good! A great party recipe that every carnivore loves.

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
45 mins
additional:
1 hr
total:
1 hr 55 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
12 pieces
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Poke bratwurst several times with a small fork, and place into a saucepan with the beer. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to medium, and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove the bratwurst from the beer, and allow to cool to room temperature.

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  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil, and place a wire rack on top.

  • Toss the brown sugar and cayenne pepper together in a large bowl and set aside. Cut each bratwurst into three pieces, wrap each piece with half strip of bacon, and secure with a toothpick. Toss the bratwurst with the cayenne mixture to coat, then place onto the prepared baking sheet.

  • Bake in preheated oven until the bacon is brown and crisp, 25 to 35 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

353 calories; protein 12.5g; carbohydrates 16.1g; fat 22.1g; cholesterol 56.3mg; sodium 751.4mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (99)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
06/18/2009
Submitter here! I'm glad you like the recipe. I entered that the cayenne should be "to taste", so please forgive the spiciness, as that part did not go through. Add as much or as little as you like. Cayenne does not add much flavor, but only heat. Substituting smoked paprika for the cayenne would be great for those of you sensitive to heat. Read More
(140)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
07/18/2008
This was OK. It is easy to prepare and is a good way to enjoy brats without having to grill them up (I do not enjoy grilling). Also perfect for those days when you are craving grilled fare, but the weatehr is not condusive to outdoor cooking. Next time (if I decide to make these again - my bf thought they were just "OK" as well), I'd double the cayenne as I couldn't taste it at all. I will also make a mustard dipping sauce for the brats (just seemed as if something were missing...) Serve with German potato salad on the side. Overall a neat idea for cooking bratwurst. Thanks! Read More
(17)
137 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 106
  • 4 star values: 17
  • 3 star values: 10
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
06/18/2009
Submitter here! I'm glad you like the recipe. I entered that the cayenne should be "to taste", so please forgive the spiciness, as that part did not go through. Add as much or as little as you like. Cayenne does not add much flavor, but only heat. Substituting smoked paprika for the cayenne would be great for those of you sensitive to heat. Read More
(140)
Rating: 5 stars
06/30/2008
I am usually not a fan of brats but these were so good! Someone made them for a potluck at work and I will be making these myself soon! The sweetness of the brown sugar was just right. Read More
(45)
Rating: 5 stars
09/11/2008
This was great! I used two cans of beer instead of three and that was plenty. It was a little spicy for my 6 and 4 year old so next time I'll cut the cayenne pepper in half. Great alternative for brats! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/05/2009
These were GONE in the first pass at the church pot luck! I made 3 changes: After cooking in root beer I cut the bratwurst into about 5 bite sized pieces then tossed them in the brown sugar mixture before wrapping them in bacon. Dee-lish! Read More
(28)
Rating: 4 stars
12/27/2010
good you loose a little flavor if reheated or made a day ahead of time. Make same day and keep warm in crock pot Read More
(26)
Rating: 5 stars
02/26/2009
Wow! I took this to a Superbowl Party. It was the first thing gone! Everyone wanted the recipe. I was thinking it would be a good guy appetizer but the ladies loved it too. Will make for the next gathering for sure. Read More
(20)
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Rating: 5 stars
06/03/2009
My husband loved this recipe and has asked for it again after only one week. I will decrease the cayenne simply because I felt it was too spicy for me and our 2 year old. They turned out perfectly cooked and full of flavor. Read More
(19)
Rating: 4 stars
06/01/2009
Too Spicy but very good...2nd time I made it I used cracked black pepper instead..much better especially for small children! Easy and Good!! Read More
(19)
Rating: 5 stars
02/09/2010
I substituted apple juice for the beer as I am a recovering alcoholic and it's suggested that people like me just stay away from it all together. Tasted GREAT! I used low-sodium bacon and Splenda Brown Sugar. Turned out absolutely great! My grandmother parked herself right by the table and ate most of them. I would highly recommend this Read More
(18)
Rating: 3 stars
07/18/2008
This was OK. It is easy to prepare and is a good way to enjoy brats without having to grill them up (I do not enjoy grilling). Also perfect for those days when you are craving grilled fare, but the weatehr is not condusive to outdoor cooking. Next time (if I decide to make these again - my bf thought they were just "OK" as well), I'd double the cayenne as I couldn't taste it at all. I will also make a mustard dipping sauce for the brats (just seemed as if something were missing...) Serve with German potato salad on the side. Overall a neat idea for cooking bratwurst. Thanks! Read More
(17)