Bacon-wrapped Bratwursts with Grilled Garlic and Habanero Relish

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dogCandy caning dogs in swine is by no means a Los Angeles thing. The New York Times ran this great article on Mexico’s part in their origin story but I’m never one to leave well enough alone, so I changed it up a bit. Anything you can do with a hot dog is generally as good if not better when executed using Italian sausage, chorizo, or brats instead, no?

Bacon-wrapped Bratwursts with Grilled Garlic and Habanero Relis
Serves 5
Heat Scale: Medium to Hot
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  1. 1 package of your favorite bratwursts (usually 5-8 in a pack)
  2. A matching number of center cut bacon slices
  3. A matching amount of club rolls (sliced open like a clam shell)
  4. 1-2 chopped habanero pepper
  5. 5 chopped cloves of garlic
  6. 1 chopped green bell pepper
  7. 1 chopped medium onion
  8. Olive oil
  9. 1 teaspoon cumin
  10. 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  11. 1 teaspoon sea salt
  12. Assorted condiments (mustard, ketchup, hot sauce, mayo, etc)
  1. Fire up the grill. While it's heating, sauté the onion and green bell pepper in a little olive oil with a little salt and pepper until the onion slices are clear and the bell pepper has changed to a more olive green in color. Turn off the heat but put a cover over the pan to keep the veggies warm.
  2. When the grill reaches a medium-high heat, place the brats and the foil packet on it. Turn the sausages every 3 minutes until they're almost done (they shouldn't droop when you lift them with your tongs). You'll also want to flip the packet after five minutes and let it grill during the next step. Take them off the grill for about five minutes. During that time, brush a little olive oil on one side of each bacon slice. Then, wrap each brat with a slice, corkscrew style, and place it back on the grill. Move the foil packet off to the side or remove it from the grill completely when you put the bratwursts back on the grill. Turn the sausages as before until the bacon is done. Grill the rolls at the same time, if desired.
  3. Once the bacon is sufficiently grilled, remove everything from the grill. Make a bed of the vegetables in each roll, set a brat on it, garnish it with the relish, and add the condiments of your choice.
  1. Hot dogs from my original run depicted in photo.
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