You slap it on a hard roll, mouth watering in anticipation, and reach for the…French’s mustard?
You better not, unless you want a visit from a horde of brat lovers waving pitchforks and calling for your head.
Mustard is absolutely crucial for bratwurst — and the only condiment permitted on a brat in the eyes of many purists — but if you want the perfect brat you can’t cheap out on the mustard.
Coarse stone ground mustard is the only way to go with bratwurst but beware.
What to Look for in the Best Stone Ground Mustard
Authentic stone ground mustard is just what it sounds like: whole mustard seeds are ground with a stone mill and other spices and ingredients are added.
Unlike American mustard (also simply called “yellow” mustard), stone ground mustard has a satisfying texture and pop, with the ground seeds very noticeable.
Yellow mustard has tumeric added for the bright yellow color and is processed to be a uniform consistency, with a laundry list of preservatives and chemicals added.
You’ll pay more for a quality stone ground mustard but just one bite is enough to tell the difference and that it was money well spent.
Where to Buy Stone Ground Mustard
Both mustards get amazing reviews and are award-winners at the Napa Valley Mustard Festival.
You’ll very likely go through it in no time as it’s not only great with brats but is often used on sandwiches, chicken, and as a base for vinaigrettes and other dressings.