Best Sausage Stuffer for Homemade Bratwurst

Once you’re ready to tackle making your own brats at home and have a meat grinder, your last big hurdle will be selecting the best sausage stuffer. You’ve basically got three options to stuff ground sausage: 1) Stuffing attachments and tubes for a meat grinder. 2) A sausage stuffing kit for a stand-up mixer such as a KitchenAid. 3) A stand-alone sausage stuffer such as the LEM 5 Pound stainless steel sausage stuffer. We’ll walk your through each options below in detail but here’s the short version — buy the LEM 5 Pound stainless steel sausage stuffer. You’ll save many hours of frustration and you’ll be cranking out 5 pound batches of bratwurst or other sausages in less than 5 minutes with it! Cheaper Sausage Stuffing Kits = More Hassle +Wasted Time + Wasted Bratwurst Using a sausage stuffer attachment kit looks like the best option at first glance, as kits are very inexpensive and save you the cost of buying a stand-alone stuffer. Like a lot of things in life, though, cheaper comes at a cost. Attachment kits for both grinders and mixers will work to some extent but they take far longer to stuff sausage, with a lot of wasted meat in many cases. Attaching and removing the kits can be time-consuming, as can cleanup afterwards. Many people start with an attachment kit but quickly realize that they need to step up their game and end up buying a stand-along sausage stuffer like the LEM 5 Pound sausage stuffer. Best Sausage Stuffer to Buy You don’t have to read many reviews to feel the love for the LEM sausage stuffer....

Best Meat Grinder for Homemade Bratwurst

If you’re ready to step up to the brat big leagues and start making your own homemade bratwurst from scratch, you’ll need a meat grinder that’s up to the task. Selecting the best meat grinder can be tricky, especially if you’re trying to justify the expense to a significant other. Spend too much and you might regret it. Spend too little and you might end up with a crappy meat grinder from China that bursts into flames or breaks the first time you use it. Never fear — we”ll walk you through what to look for in a meat grinder and highlight our pick for the best meat grinder for bratwurst and other sausages. Tips for Selecting the Best Meat Grinder Watch the # and wattage: Meat grinders are sold on a number system that refers to the size of the blade/plate assembly. Most commercial grinders are #22, #32, or #44, with hobby grinders starting as small as #5. Generally speaking, look for at least a #12 grinder when starting out such as the STX-3000 Turboforce. It’s more than powerful enough for what you’ll tackle at home and anything smaller than a #12 usually is under-powered and disappointing. Wattage is also important to consider. It’s basically the same as horsepower in cars. Avoid meat grinders with less than 1,500-2,000 watts, even if they seem like a great deal. “Saving” $50 or less by going with a less powerful grinder often costs you money in the end if you quickly realize you need to upgrade to a more powerful meat grinder. Avoid hand crank grinders: We’re nostalgic as the next person...
How to Cook Bratwurst on the Grill

How to Cook Bratwurst on the Grill

Learning how to cook bratwurst on the grill isn’t difficult at all and is a great life skill to possess — especially if you have hungry friends! Grilling brats isn’t rocket science and we’ll walk you through the basic steps below to get you up and running. You also don’t need a lot of fancy tools or ingredients. Grab some brats, some beer, a few onions, and fire up that grill! There are many recipes and ways to prep and grill brats. Below you’ll learn our favorite “tried and true” recipe to get started with how to cook bratwurst on the grill. How to Cook Bratwurst on the Grill – the Basics Great grilled brats start with a great brat. Always try to get local fresh brats — like Usinger’s or Carle’s if you’re blessed to live where they’re available — or order brats online from WisconsinMade, which is one of the online retailers that ships real Wisconsin brats throughout the U.S. If you’re stuck in a brat desert, Johnsonville brats are perfectly acceptable and can be found in most major grocery store chains. Once you’ve secured your bratwurst, you’ll also need a six pack of beer and two large white onions. Don’t get the grill going just yet, as we’ll actually be starting our how to cook bratwurst on the grill journey inside first, by starting your brats in a beer bath on the stove. Beer First, Grill Second Put your brats in a pot and add equal parts cold water and beer until they’re just barely covered in liquid. Slice your onions and add to the pot...
How to Cook Bratwurst in Beer

How to Cook Bratwurst in Beer

We’re about to let you in on a tasty, delicious secret. Learning how to cook bratwurst in beer is so simple that you can learn all the steps in under two minutes. Guaranteed. And your ingredient list is ridiculously simple — brats, beer, and two onions. That’s all you need for amazing beer brats. It’s not magic or some sort of Midwestern voodoo. Bratwurst is incredibly easy to cook if you follow the few simple steps outlined below. How to Cook Bratwurst in Beer Your ingredient list may be simple but it’s important that you start with a solid foundation: your bratwurst. Not everyone is lucky enough to be able to hop in their car and drive over to pick up some brats from Usinger’s or Carle’s. WisconsinMade is one of the few online retailers that ships genuine Wisconsin brats throughout the U.S. but you’ll need to plan ahead and be sure to buy enough to satisfy your brat cravings. If your only option is the pre-packaged meat aisle at a chain store, Johnsonville is usually your best bet. You’ll also need two large white onions and a six pack of beer. The Best Beer for Cooking Brats You’ll encounter some debate as far as the best beer to use when learning how to cook bratwurst in beer but there’s really no bad choice so don’t stress the decision too much. Since you’ll be simmering your brats in beer, a lot of that six pack won’t reach your belly. Some people purchase accordingly and buy cheaper beer for cooking the brats, while others insist that craft beers impart their...

How to Make Bratwurst

Learning how to make bratwurst can be a grind but it’s also a satisfying and easy way to enjoy some very delicious brats. You don’t need to be a culinary wizard to make your own homemade bratwurst. Persistence and some basic equipment will get you there, along with a lot of elbow grease. Once you get the hang of it, you can produce some tasty bratwurst that rivals what you’d buy from the likes of Kewauskum, Klement’s, and Usinger’s. If you make a lot of bratwurst, going the DIY route can also be a big cost-saver in the end. Buying a meat grinder and sausage stuffer is expensive initially but you’ll quickly recoup your costs — plus get to enjoy some fresh, delicious brats! How to Make Bratwurst: the Basic Steps If you want to jump to some of our favorite brat recipes below, feel free to do so. But we wanted to outline the basic steps involved in how to make bratwurst, just so you know what you’re in for. Brats are basically a combination of spices and meat that is stuffed into sausage casings. Easy peasey. Mixing up spices is a snap. Grinding your meat and mixing it together, however, isn’t a snap and where most of the work lies. You’ll need a high-quality meat grinder if you really want to make your own bratwurst, as you’ll be spending a lot of quality time with it so don’t cheap out. Buying a good sausage stuffer is also critical, as you don’t want to fail at that stage after spending all the time grinding and mixing your meat   How to Make Sheboygan-Style Bratwurst...