The Decleater: Bacon-wrapped Cheddar-stuffed Bratwurst

Football season is right around the corner, and it is time for some football food and tailgating. The Decleater is a double bacon-wrapped cheddar-stuffed bratwurst that is smoked with mesquite in the Big Green Egg. It is a BIG hit from the blind side. Smoky, spicy, and hearty – it might be the perfect football food because it is a bratwurst on steroids.

The Decleater: Bacon-wrapped Cheddar-stuffed Bratwurst

Ingredients

  • 4 bratwurst links
  • 1 oz. sharp white cheddar cheese
  • 1 Hatch chile, finely diced
  • 6 strips bacon
    For the Hot Chile Powder Rub
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 TBSP hot chile powder
  • 1/2 onion powder
  • Kosher salt
  • Black pepper
    For the Beer & Bacon Mustard Sauce
  • 2 TBSP Oktoberfest
  • 3 TBSP Beaver Bacon Mustard
  • 1 TBSP apple cider vinegar
  • Hot sauce, to taste

Instructions

  1. Split the bratwursts lengthwise and butterfly open
  2. Finely chop the Hatch chile
  3. Cut the cheddar cheese into 3 inch sticks
  4. Overlay two of the sausages
  5. Place a couple of the cheese sticks and a spoonful of the Hatch chile onto the sausage
  6. Roll the sausages into a giant brat
  7. Tightly wrap each stuffed double sausage with 2-3 strips of bacon
  8. Rub each sausage with a Hot Chile Powder Rub (see below)
  9. Heat the Big Green Egg to 250°F and place water pan below the upper rack
  10. We used mesquite chunks for smoking, but feel free to use any type of wood you like
  11. Put the brats on the top rack over the water pan, and smoke for 2-3 hours
  12. Serve with a drizzle of the Beer & Bacon Mustard Sauce (see below)
    For the Hot Chile Powder Rub
  1. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl
    For the Beer & Bacon Mustard Sauce
  1. Whisk together all the ingredients...that easy

The Decleater ingredients
The Decleater ingredients
Stuffed with cheddar and Hatch chiles, then wrapped with bacon
Stuffed with cheddar and Hatch chiles, then wrapped with bacon
Rubbed with a simple, hot chile powder rub
Rubbed with a simple, hot chile powder rub
The start of the Decleater's smoking
The start of the Decleater’s smoking
The Decleater all smoked and tasty
The Decleater all smoked and tasty
Ready be to plated
Ready be to plated
Topped with Bacon Mustard sauce
Topped with Bacon Mustard sauce

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