Bacon-wrapped beer brat bites

Bacon-wrapped beer brat bites

Bratwurst and bacon join forces to blindside your taste buds in our Li'l Pigskins appetizer recipe perfect for your next football party. Bratwurst is simmered in beer, cut into bite-sized pieces, wrapped in bacon, and then glazed with a sweet and spicy sauce. Go for extra points with our free printables to flag these addictive bacon-wrapped brat bites on the buffet table.

Yield: 24 pigskins

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For the brats

6, 12 in.-wooden skewers, cut into fourths, soaked in water about 30 minutes
6 brats
1 can or bottle of beer
12 slices bacon, cut in half

For the glaze

¼ cup brown sugar
1 Tbsp. yellow mustard
1 Tbsp. soy sauce
2 tsp. sriracha garlic chili sauce, or to taste
Hot, honey and yellow mustards for serving

"Li'l Pigskins" printables


  1. Soak the skewers in water while preparing the brats.
  2. Preheat oven to 450°F.
  3. Pierce brats and place in a pan. Pour beer over the brats. Bring to a simmer. Simmer for about 10 minutes or until brats are no longer pink inside.
  4. Remove pan from heat. Cut each brat into 4 equal pieces.
  5. Wrap each brat bite in a half slice of bacon and secure with skewer. Place on a cookie sheet.
  6. To make the glaze, combine brown sugar, yellow mustard, soy sauce and sriracha sauce until smooth. Brush each brat with a generous amount.
  7. Bake glazed brats 17 to 20 minutes, turning once halfway through and basting as needed with extra glaze.
  8. Serve with hot, yellow and honey mustards.