Spicy Bacon-Wrapped Bratwurst with Homemade Pickled Red Onions

A Spicy Bacon-Wrapped Bratwurst with Homemade Pickled Red Onions is THE recipe of the summer – you heard it here first! Bratwurst gets an extra hit of pork goodness with crispy bacon, and that’s just the start. Pile it up with homemade quick pickled red onions, jalapeño lime aioli, crushed tortilla chips and more, and you’ve got a serious winner for dinner.

LOOK AT WHAT I MADE.

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Just look at this gorgeous, colorful mess of pork and all those ridiculous toppings.

The moment I even look at the pictures, I honestly start drooling all over again.

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You all know I love going over-the-top with most of my recipes, and with the Fourth of July coming up, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to share one of those recipes with you all.

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I mean, with all those parties that you have coming up, you want something to really wow the crowd don’t you?

Instead of serving up wimpy hot dogs, make every bite memorable.

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And what’s more memorable than brats wrapped in bacon??

Not much, to be honest.

Except when you top it with a carefully selected variety of ingredients that bring out all the best flavors in the bacon and bratwursts.

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The homemade quick pickled red onions give a tangy and tart bite. The jalapeño lime aioli brings in a slow and creamy heat. The jalapeños give you an extra burst of spiciness, the tomatoes give a burst of sweetness and acidity, and the crushed tortilla chips give the crunch the whole dish is craving.

All in all, this might be the most perfect brat I’ve ever made in all my 30+ years on this Earth.

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I can promise you that all your friends will totally agree.

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Spicy Bacon-Wrapped Bratwurst with Homemade Pickled Red Onions

Yield: Serves 4

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes + 1 hour to pickle red onions

Bratwurst wrapped in bacon is topped with an insane variety of flavor to bring you the ultimate bratwurst of the summer!

Ingredients:

Hot Dogs

  • 4 hot dog buns
  • 4 bratwurst of your choice (I chose a jalapeño cheddar one because YAS)
  • 12 slices bacon
  • 1 cup quartered cherry tomatoes 1/3 cup crushed tortilla chips
  • Garnish: fresh sliced jalapeños, cojita cheese, freshly chopped cilantro

Pickled Red Onions

  • 1 medium red onion, sliced
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic, halved
  • 5 black peppercorns
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes

Jalapeno Lime Aioli

  • 1/2 Tbsp freshly chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 Tbsp lime juice
  • 1/2 jalapeno, seeded and chopped
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise

Directions:

  1. To make the pickled onions, bring 2 cups of water to a boil over high heat in a medium saucepan.
  2. Add sugar, salt, rice vinegar, garlic, peppercorns and red pepper flakes for the pickled red onions to a container larger enough to hold 2 cups. Stir to combine. Set aside.
  3. Add sliced red onion to a fine mesh sieve. Slowly pour boiling water over the onions and drain. Add onions to the container with the pickling liquid. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour (the longer the better) until ready to serve.
  4. To make the jalapeño lime aioli, add all ingredients to the bowl of a food processor. Puree until combined. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
  5. To make the hot dogs, heat a large skillet or grill pan over medium-high heat. Partially cook the bacon until the edges are crisp, approximately 5 minutes. Remove from skillet to a clean plate.
  6. Add bratwursts to the same skillet and cook until brown, approximately 2-3 minutes per side. Remove from skillet. Wrap partially cooked bacon slices around the bratwursts, overlapping them as you wrap. You will use about 2 to 3 bacon strips for each bratwurst. Use toothpicks to secure bacon slices on each end of the bratwurst.
  7. Return bacon wrapped bratwursts to the same skillet, cooking over medium heat, turning often. Cook until the bacon is crisp and browned, approximately 5 minutes.
  8. To serve, add bacon-wrapped bratwursts to hot dog buns. Garnish as desired with pickled red onions, cherry tomatoes, sliced jalapeños, jalapeño lime aioli, cojita cheese, crushed tortilla chips and cilantro.
*Recipe adapted from Bon Appetit  
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7 Responses to “Spicy Bacon-Wrapped Bratwurst with Homemade Pickled Red Onions”

  1. Ginny McMeans — July 3, 2017 at 9:55 am (#)

    Love the quick pickled red onions in there! Lots of delicious flavors going on!

  2. Michelle @ The Complete Savorist — July 3, 2017 at 1:40 pm (#)

    This is a grown up hot dog if I ever saw one. Love it and all the toppings. 

  3. Joanie @ One Dish Kitchen — July 3, 2017 at 3:07 pm (#)

    I love this jazzed up version of brats, those toppings look fantastic!

  4. Jen — July 3, 2017 at 8:25 pm (#)

    I’m drooling just looking at your pictures! What a great flavor combination!!

  5. Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — July 4, 2017 at 11:22 am (#)

    We love pickled red onions on brats! Perfect dish for the summer right here!

  6. Dee — July 4, 2017 at 11:34 am (#)

    I could go for one of these right now!

  7. Erin Dee — July 4, 2017 at 6:00 pm (#)

    Wow, your pictures have my mouth watering right now! These look like a great summer dinner!

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