Baconista Brats

Marinate brats in spiced-up German beer for a flavor boost that can only be topped by the bacon that's later wrapped around the sausages before grilling.

Baconista Brats
Photo: Jason Donnelly
Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Marinate Time:
6 hrs
Grill Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
5 sandwiches


  • 5 uncooked bratwurst links or turkey bratwursts (about 1 pounf)

  • 1 12 ounce can dark German beer, desired beer, or 1 1/2 cups beef broth

  • ½ cup coarsely chopped onion (1 medium)

  • 3 tablespoon bottled steak sauce

  • 2 ½ teaspoon smoked paprika or sweet paprika

  • 4 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped

  • 5 slices uncooked bacon

  • 5 hot dog buns, round hard rolls, bratwursts buns, hoagie buns, or other crusty rolls, split and toasted

  • 5 tablespoon coarse ground mustard

  • 1 recipe Tangy Midwest Slaw

Tangy Midwest Slaw

  • cup mayonnaise

  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar or white wine vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon sweet pickle juice

  • ¼ teaspoon celery seeds

  • teaspoon hot pepper sauce

  • 2 ½ cup packaged shredded cabbage with carrot (coleslaw mix) or shredded green cabbage


  1. Use the tines of a fork to pierce the skin of each bratwurst several times. Place bratwurst in a large resealable plastic bag set in a shallow dish. For marinade, stir together beer, onion, steak sauce, paprika, and garlic. Pour over bratwurst; seal bag. Marinate in the refrigerator for 6 to 24 hours, turning bag occasionally.

  2. Transfer bratwurst and marinade to a large saucepan. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes.

  3. Meanwhile, in a large skillet cook bacon until brown but not crisp. Drain on paper towels.

  4. Using tongs, remove bratwurst from saucepan; discard marinade. Let bratwurst cool slightly. Wrap a slice of bacon around each bratwurst; secure with wooden toothpicks.

  5. For a charcoal grill, grill bratwurst on the rack of an uncovered grill directly over medium coals about 5 minutes or until brown and bacon is crisp, turning often. (For a gas grill, preheat grill. Reduce heat to medium. Grill bratwurst on grill rack over heat. Cover; grill as directed.)

  6. Remove and discard toothpicks from bratwurst. Serve bratwurst on rolls with coarse ground mustard and Tangy Midwest Slaw.

Tangy Midwest Slaw

  1. In a medium bowl stir together the first 5 ingredients (through hot pepper sauce). Add coleslaw mix; toss to coat.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

682 Calories
48g Fat
37g Carbs
23g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 5
Calories 682
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 48g 62%
Saturated Fat 10g 50%
Cholesterol 103mg 34%
Sodium 1601mg 70%
Total Carbohydrate 37g 13%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 23g
Vitamin C 14.2mg 71%
Calcium 111.1mg 9%
Iron 3.4mg 19%
Potassium 479mg 10%
Folate, total 72.6mcg
Vitamin B-12 3.4mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.5mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

Related Articles