We had a package of 4 brats from our CSA and I wanted to find something new to try for them. I came across this recipe on AllRecipes and it looked awesome! It is an appetizer recipe, but I figured it would work great as a main dish as well. I modified the recipe slightly, and my modifications are reflected below.
I did get a LOT of smoke in the kitchen with this one! That brown sugar dripping off into the bottom of the broiler pan was burning and causing a lot of smoke to come up through the openings on the stove and into the kitchen, so I had the vent on the last half of this one cooking in the oven. My husband really liked the smell though, and it was definitely worth it - they tasted fantastic! Sticky, sweet, and of course bacon makes everything better. :) This was quick and easy and great for a weeknight meal.
|The ingredients, lined up and ready to go,|
|4 beautiful brats.|
|In the apple cider to simmer for 15 minutes.|
|After simmering, I laid them out to cool while I prepped|
the brown sugar mixture.
|Rolling in the brown sugar mixture, pressing in to coat well.|
|Stretched out a piece of bacon and wrapped around|
each brat, pressed the remaining brown sugar on top.
|After 25 minutes in the oven, browned and ready to enjoy!|
|Served on a bun with mustard and BBQ sauce (for the boys!)|
and a garden salad on the side.
4 cups apple juice or apple cider
5 tablespoons brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (or to taste)
4 slices bacon
- Poke bratwurst several times with a small fork, and place into a saucepan with the apple juice or apple cider. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to medium, cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove the bratwurst from the apple juice or cider, and allow to cool for a few minutes until they're easy to handle.
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line the bottom of a broiler pan with aluminum foil, and put the rack on top.
- Combine the brown sugar and cayenne pepper together in a large bowl (or pie plate). Roll the bratwurst in the brown sugar and cayenne mixture to coat (press it in all around), then wrap each brat with 1 slice of bacon - secure edges with toothpicks if desired.
- Place brats on the broiler pan and press any remaining brown sugar mixture along the tops of the brats.
- Bake in preheated oven until the bacon is brown and crisp, 25 to 35 minutes.