Chicago-Style Brats with Bacon Relish

These hearty bratwursts, teeming with tasty toppings, can be a little on the messy side, so you’ll want to serve them with lots of napkins. For a true Chicago touch, use bright-green relish. Sport peppers are packed in brine and add a medium-hot kick to each bite.

1/3 cup chopped precooked bacon
1/3 cup finely chopped sweet onion
1/3 cup sweet pickle relish
1/4 cup sliced sport peppers or pepperoncini peppers
1 teaspoon celery salt
6 fully cooked bratwursts (look for light-gray brats with thin skins)
6 large poppy seed or sesame bratwurst buns, split
1/4 cup yellow mustard
12 kosher dill pickle planks
6 tomato slices, halved

1. Heat grill. Combine bacon, onion, relish, peppers and celery salt in small bowl.

2. Grill bratwursts, covered, over low heat or coals 6 to 8 minutes or until browned and heated through, turning to brown all sides. Toast buns on grill during last 1 to 2 minutes of grilling until golden brown.

3. Spread buns with mustard. Top each with 2 pickle planks, 2 tomato halves, bratwurst and relish mixture.

6 servings

PER SERVING: 480 calories, 28.5 g total fat (10 g saturated fat), 17.5 g protein, 39.5 g carbohydrate, 55 mg cholesterol, 2025 mg sodium, 2.5 g fiber

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