BBQ Glazed Grilled Bratwurst with Spicy Peach Bacon Salsa



8 hot dog buns

8 bratwursts of your choice

1 cup Head Country Original BBQ Sauce

4 slices bacon

2 ripe peaches

1/2 red onion

1 jalapeno pepper

1 tsp lime juice

1 Tbsp chopped cilantro + more for garnish

1/2 tsp chili powder

Salt and pepper to taste

Shredded purple cabbage


grill brats and peaches

Grill the brats and peaches on a greased grill. For the peaches, cook them for 5 to 7 minutes, covered. Turn and cook for another 2 to 3 minutes.

Bratwurst usually takes about 15 to 20 minutes to cook through on the grill. Turn them frequently to prevent uneven cooking.

glaze brats

In the last 5 minutes of cooking, add Head Country BBQ Sauce with a silicone brush. Turn after a couple minutes to glaze the other side! Remove from heat.

make salsa

To make the salsa, I prefer to remove the peel from the cooked peaches as it tends to fall off when chopping anyway. However it’s up to you if you want to just leave it!

Combine all the salsa ingredients in a medium bowl, stirring to combine.


Add grilled bratwurst to brioche buns. Top with a couple spoonfuls of salsa, some shredded purple cabbage, and chopped cilantro. Serve!

tips for success

use a thermometer in the right place. When checking the internal temperature of the brats with your meat thermometer, don’t stick it right through the middle and pierce the casing. Instead, insert the probe in the center of the brat through the end where the casing is already open!

alter the heat level. If you want to amp up the heat, leave the seeds of the jalapeño in to add to the salsa! It’s an easy way to make it more spicy if you like it that way.

how long do you cook brats on the grill?

Bratwurst usually takes about 15 to 20 minutes to cook on the grill, over medium-high heat. You should plan to flip them every 5 minutes to make sure they cook evenly. Once the internal temperature reaches 160˚F, you can remove them from the grill.

how do you tell when brats are done cooking?

Brats are done cooking once they’ve reached an internal temperature of 160˚F. To test this, do not simply insert the meat thermometer into the middle of the brat. This will break the casing and all those yummy juices will leak out!

Instead, insert your thermometer through the center of the brat at the end where the casing is already open slightly.

do you have to boil brats before grilling them?

No, you do not need to boil brats before grilling them. For grilled bratwurst, they can go straight on the grill. Boiling them actually takes flavor away from them!

do I need to peel the peaches after I grill them?

It’s up to you! I prefer it since the peel can come off when you chop the grilled peaches. However, if you are short on time, just skip that step!


Seasonal Tip: To pick the ripest peaches, look for deep golden yellow peaches and avoid any that look too pale in color. They should be soft to the touch and should easily give when you squeeze them!