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Bacon-Wrapped Brats

My easy and delicious bacon-wrapped brats are cooked on your pellet grill, and one of the best parts of a summer barbecue. Use cheddar brats for an extra flavor boost, and top with your favorite brat toppings!

Traeger Bacon-Wrapped Brats

Barbecue doesn’t always have to be fancy. There’s something to be said for just being able to fire up the grill and throw something on there and be eating in under an hour. That’s part of the draw. 

Of course, sometimes you want the show stoppers that take all day and night, yeah I’m looking at your Traeger Brisket and Smoked Pulled Pork, and they certainly have their place, but I’d be hard pressed to name a better bite that I’ve had this grilling season than these bacon-wrapped cheddar brats. 

The bacon gets so crisp on the outside, and the bacon flavor soaks into the already amazing brat. It also keep the brat from bursting in a lot of cases. 

You can get crazy with the toppings on these and add all kinds of different combinations (I’m a big fan of my pickled red onions on brats), or you can keep it simple like I prefer to and just toss on some ketchup and mustard.

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What’s the best kind of brat to use for this recipe?

What you see pictured here is a smoked cheddar brat. You can definitely substitute a regular beer brat, or whatever your favorite kind of bratwurst is. The cook time is long enough to ensure that even non-smoked varieties are fully cooked at the end. 

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What kind of bacon works best?

Thin cut bacon will be your best bet anytime you are wrapping something to grill. It is a quicker crisp than thick-cut versions, so is what I generally recommend for wrapping. 

I’m a bacon-snob though and kind of detest not-properly-crisp bacon, so if you don’t mind yours being a little floppy and prefer thick, you do you!

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Tips for perfect bacon-wrapped brats

  • Thin-cut Bacon | We already addressed this above, but it is worth mentioning again. Avoid the thick cut for anything you are wrapping.
  • Secure with toothpicks | You can try and wrap and just cook it right on the brat, but don’t feel bad if you have to use some training wheels and break out the toothpicks.
  • Turn often | The key to evenly cooked bacon is to make sure you roll these on the grill fairly frequently to make sure all sides cook at about the same rate.
  • Watch closely | Bacon goes from perfectly crisp to charred pretty quickly, so when things are getting close don’t wander away from the grill.

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What else can you serve with bacon-wrapped brats?

Bacon brats are a great option to have at a big barbecue spread, or as an easy weeknight meal for your family. If you want to round out your cookout, I have some great options for you. 

Here is my complete list of all of our Traeger Recipes, in case the below suggestions don’t strike your fancy.

Main Dishes

Chicken Leg Quarters | It is always great to have a poultry option on offer at a barbecue, and this one is not only economical, but it is also totally delicious. 

Surf & Turf | My Traeger Grilled Filet and Grilled Lobster Tail are both easy and pretty fancy to toss out there on a big table of food. Find a sale and treat your family to something special. 

Baby Back Ribs | These are not fast, but good ribs shouldn’t be. They are 100% worth the time investment.

Smoked Brisket | This serves a lot of people and is one of the most famous smoked meats you can make. Plan ahead because this is a major cook, but you can doooooo it!

Air Fryer Hot Dogs | Perfect for the kids and to save some space on your grill! These hot dogs are amazing and you’re going to be obsessed!

Side Dishes

See our Side Dish Collection for a complete list, or check out these recommendations below.

Creamy Pasta Salad | Always a major hit at barbecues, this is simple to throw together and super versatile. Toss in whatever fresh veggies you have laying around and call it good.

Broccoli Salad | Great way to get veggies into what is typically a very meat-centric meal. This is a popular side that you’ll find in most deli counters.

Brisket Baked Beans | My favorite baked beans, ever. Homemade, delicious, and full of beefy flavor from the brisket that’s right in the mix. If you don’t have brisket you can omit and sub in bacon or ham.

Yield: 6 servings

Bacon Wrapped Brats

Bacon Wrapped Brats

Delicious bacon-wrapped brats are a perfect main dish for any barbecue. Take brats to the next level, in this double-pork mashup.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes


  • 6 brats
  • 6 slices bacon


  1. Preheat your pellet grill to 325° following factory instructions.
  2. Wrap the brats with bacon and secure with toothpicks if necessary.
  3. Place on the hot grill, and turn every 5 minutes.
  4. Grill until the bacon is crisp.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 337Total Fat: 29gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 74mgSodium: 913mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 16g

Nutrition data provided here is only an estimate. If you are tracking these things for medical purposes please consult an outside, trusted source. Thanks!

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Nicole Johnson, a self-taught expert in grilling and outdoor cooking, launched Or Whatever You Do in 2010. Her blog, renowned for its comprehensive and creative outdoor cooking recipes, has garnered a vast audience of millions. Nicole's hands-on experience and passion for grilling shine through her work. Her husband, Jeremiah Johnson, also plays a pivotal role in recipe development, adding his culinary flair to the mix. Together, they form a dynamic duo, offering a rich and varied outdoor cooking experience to their followers.

Paula Lehtonen

Sunday 30th of June 2019

I just love all your recipe's! Thanks!

Nicole Johnson

Monday 1st of July 2019

Thanks, Paula! That's so kind of you to say. Hope you are having a great summer!

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