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Prep Time:

10 Minutes

Cook Time:

30 Minutes


4 Brats



About the Recipe

Good game day food doesn't have to be complicated. These are simple and easy to make with just a few ingredients, but the flavor these have are definitely next level!


  • 4 pretzel sub or pretzel hot dog rolls

  • 4 Johnsonville original bratwurst links

  • 2 cups shredded pepper jack cheese

  • 3/4 cup heavy cream

  • 1 large poblano pepper

  • 6-8 slices thick cut bacon, chopped


  1. Heat a grill or grill pan to high heat.  Add the brats and the poblano pepper. Cook the poblano pepper for about 2 minutes, until partially blackened and blistered.  Turn over and cook for another 2 minutes.  Remove from the heat, allow to cool slightly give it a rough chop.  Set aside until ready to use.  

  2. Cook the bratwurst links on the grill for about 10 minutes, turning every 3-4 minutes, until cooked through and browned.

  3. Heat a large skillet to high heat and add the chopped bacon.  Cook on high heat for 7-10 minutes until the bacon is browned and crispy, stirring occasionally.  Remove from the heat with a slotted spoon and transfer the bacon to a bowl that's lined with a paper towel.  Set aside until ready to serve.

  4. In a small saucepan, add the cheese and cream.  Stir on medium heat until it becomes a thick, stringy cheese sauce. 

  5. To build the brats: Open the pretzel rolls lengthwise and place a brat into each roll.  Spoon the cheese sauce on top of the brats, and top the cheese sauce with the roasted poblano and the bacon.  Serve immediately.

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