Top Ten Best Bratwurst Sides

Top Ten Best Bratwurst Sides

Brats not only taste great but you’ll have plenty of great choices as far as bratwurst sides to serve up alongside them. Bratwurst is simple to cook and that holds true for side dishes as well. No one is expecting you to whip up extravagant sides such as parsnip remoulade or glazed carrots with tarragon. Easy and straightforward is the best way to go with bratwurst sides. Especially since the real point is to enjoy all that brat goodness. Before we get to the sides, though, we thought we’d serve up a few tips on preparing the perfect brat first. Serving Up the Perfect Brat Don’t wreck a perfectly grilled brat by cutting corners when it comes to mustard and a hard roll to serve it with. The only acceptable condiment to add to a brat is mustard — and we’re not talking about French’s or Grey Poupon. Stone ground mustard is the only way to get for an authentic bratwurst experience, with tried and true brands like Inglehoffer and Plochman’s two of the favorite stone ground mustards among brat purists. Never serve a brat on a flimsy, soft hot dog bun. Just don’t do it. Bratwurst should always be served on a hard roll, as you need that heft and crisp bite to go along with the snap when you sink your teeth into a perfectly cooked brat. Below you’ll find some of our favorite bratwurst side dishes to get you started. Enjoy! Top Ten Best Bratwurst Sides 1. Sauerkraut. Sauerkraut and bratwurst go together like, well, sauerkraut and bratwurst. This is a can’t miss bratwurst side and...
Smoking Bratwurst Guide

Smoking Bratwurst Guide

As you might imagine, smoking bratwurst is yet another delicious way to enjoy brats. All you need are fresh brats, a smoker, and a little patience — it will take about two hours to cook your brats in a smoker. Pretty much any smoker will work, from a fancy Masterbuilt digital smoker all the way down to a homemade smoker you put together yourself. Smoking bratwurst and other meats is just what it sounds like: you cook at low temperatures and expose the meat to smoke, letting it absorb the unique flavor produced by the wood. Hickory, oak, mesquite, and pecan are popular woods to smoke bratwurst with. Picking the Right Brat Before we jump into smoking bratwurst, first things first. All great bratwurst recipes start with a great brat. Always try to get fresh local brats even if you’re not blessed to live near some legendary bratwurst makers such as Usinger’s or Carle’s. WisconsinMade is the most popular online retailer that sells and ships genuine Wisconsin bratwurst throughout the U.S. It’s worth planning ahead and ordering in bulk so that you’ll always have great brats on hand, as the difference in taste can be huge. If you’re in a hurry and picking from the meat aisle at the local grocery, Johnsonville is usually your best bet but check first at the meat counter to see if they can make fresh brats to order. Smoking Bratwurst Basics Smoking bratwurst is different from grilling it or cooking brats in a pan or in the oven. You’ll be slowing bringing the bratwurst up to a temperature of 155F to 160F, with...
Venison Bratwurst Recipe

Venison Bratwurst Recipe

Most bratwurst are made with pork and veal but game meats make excellent brats as you’ll see in this venison bratwurst recipe. Like other homemade bratwurst recipes, you’ll need a meat grinder and sausage stuffer to prepare this recipe. Making your own bratwurst isn’t exactly easy but it can be both fulfilling and filling. It also is an excellent way to use game meat such as venison, wild boar, and pheasant. You can also make a wide range of sausage other than bratwurst once you have the grinder and stuffer, including summer sausage and breakfast sausage. Since game meat is typically very lean, you’ll need to mix in pork and/or fatback to avoid bratwurst that cooks up much too dry. The recipe below will produce about 5 lbs of venison brats. Quick and Simple Venison Bratwurst Recipe Ingredients: 3 lbs of venison 1 1/2 lbs of pork butt 1/2 lb of pork fatback 1 cup of milk 1 egg 2 tbs salt 1 tbs pepper 1 teaspoon ground allspice 1 teaspoon caraway seed 1/2 teaspoon ground sage 1 teaspoon marjoram 2 cloves of minced garlic 1 bag of sausage casings Instructions: 1. It’s best to grind the meat when it’s at least partially frozen, as the fat won’t smear and it will grind more evenly. 2. Grind up your meat and mix all the dry spices and garlic in a large bowl. 3. In a separate bowl, beat the egg and add milk. 4. Mix the ground meat, spices, and egg/milk mixture together. Although it’s cold, it’s best to use your hands to mix everything together. 5. Place the mixture back...
Homemade Bratwurst Recipe

Homemade Bratwurst Recipe

We won’t lie to you: using any homemade bratwurst recipe to make your own brats is a real grind. It’s not that difficult and doesn’t require any specialized culinary skills but does require a lot of time, effort, and some equipment that isn’t found in every home kitchen such as a meat grinder and sausage stuffer. You will get some mighty fine tasty brats in the end — and the satisfaction and bragging rights that you made them yourself from a homemade bratwurst recipe. Just be be aware of what you’re getting yourself into. On the bright side, your fresh brats will rival the likes of brats from legends like Kewauskum, Klement’s, and Usinger’s once you have the equipment you’ll be able to make brats at a fraction of the retail price. Homemade Bratwurst Recipe Guides You don’t have to go it alone in your quest for a good homemade bratwurst recipe. Plenty of other brave souls have preceded you, with some of our favorite step-by-step guides and recipes to make bratwurst featured below. One key thing to remember is that you have lots of options as far as the meats that go into your homemade brats. Many recipes call for pork or a mix of pork and beef but feel free to experiment. Venison bratwurst and other bratwurst from wild game can be delicious. Just be careful to include some meat with a relatively high fat content, otherwise you run the risk of your brats being too dry and burning to a tasteless crisp during the cooking or grilling process. Sheboygan-Style Bratwurst from Food52 Our first home bratwurst recipe is for Sheboygan-Style...
How to Grill Brats

How to Grill Brats

Learning how to grill brats is one of those critical life skills that should be mandatory for every warm-blooded person with opposable thumbs to learn in school. Bratwurst is a forgiving meat to work with and it’s hard to go wrong when you combine sausage, a grill, a hard roll, and stone ground mustard. We’re focusing on grilled brats here but keep in mind that bratwurst recipes cover a wide spectrum and that you can cook brats in a pan, in the oven, or even smoke them. Don’t be intimidated when it comes to learning how to grill brats — it’s really very easy and learning can be the most delicious experiment you’ll ever tackle! Perfect Grilled Brats Start with Great Bratwurst Before we get into the thick of things, let’s start at the beginning: great grilled brats start with fresh local bratwurst. There’s no shame in cooking up some brats from the meat aisle at the grocery store in a pinch but always try to find fresh local brats if you can. Not everyone is blessed with access to brats from Kewauskum, Klement’s, and Usinger’s but you should be able to find a local market or butcher shop that makes their own fresh brats. Wisconsinmade.com is our favorite online source to buy brats online and have them shipped to you, as they sell authentic Wisconsin brats and quickly package and ship them out all over the country. Adventurous souls can also learn how to make their own brats at home, as all you need is a meat grinder and sausage stuffer to make great homemade bratwurst. How to...