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Brats: which one?

AviatorAviator Posts: 1,486

Inspired by the other thread that addresses the methodology, I would love to have a discussion about the tastiest brats out there and what has been your experiences.

I get some from Costco that I love, I forget the brand.

Love beer brats.

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Large and Small BGE, and a baby black Kub.

And all the toys to make me look like a Gizmo Chef.

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Chattanooga, TN.

 

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  • henapplehenapple Posts: 12,177
    My butcher makes custom sausages... Pretty good. Next time you stop in I'll pick some up. When are you on duty again?
    Green egg, dead animal and alcohol. The "Boro".. TN 
  • calikingcaliking Posts: 5,535
    I used to like Usinger's when I lived in Chicago. Natural casing is key.

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  • henapple said:
    My butcher makes custom sausages... Pretty good. Next time you stop in I'll pick some up. When are you on duty again?
    Is that butcher in M'boro or Nashville?  Who is it?
  • BotchBotch Posts: 2,670
    Heh, that thread got me so hungry for brats I went to the store and got some, just finished a couple.  They were Johnsonville Stadium Brats; they were okay.
    When I went to college at South Dakota State one of my friends always brought back some brats from Wisconsin every time he went home.  No idea what the brand was, but I've been spoiled ever since.  
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  • henapplehenapple Posts: 12,177


    henapple said:

    My butcher makes custom sausages... Pretty good. Next time you stop in I'll pick some up. When are you on duty again?

    Is that butcher in M'boro or Nashville?  Who is it?

    Murfreesboro... Tagz off Memorial Blvd. Call ahead...Mike is a good guy.
    Green egg, dead animal and alcohol. The "Boro".. TN 
  • GriffinGriffin Posts: 6,617
    All we get around here are Johnsonville or store brand. Best I've ever had were in Germany. Still trying to perfect them, but getting closer from what I remember.

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  • NPHuskerFLNPHuskerFL Posts: 6,081
    Get mine from butcher fresh.Much better than anything I buy off the shelf. But, in a pinch I'll use Johnsonville.
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  • gdenbygdenby Posts: 4,287
    As far as what can be ordered online, I've had many sausages, brats included from Stiglmeier.

    Talking up some folks in the area, I favor the pork and veal brats from Driers. Almost a delicacy except that its hard not to wolf them down.

    And just down the road, a fellow who makes outstanding sausages, tho' his brats are not quite as good as Driers, IMO.

    Unfortunately, Drier's doesn't ship their sausages. I don't know that Mullins at the Local does either, but maybe. My good fortune to live nearby.
  • AviatorAviator Posts: 1,486
    henapple said:
    My butcher makes custom sausages... Pretty good. Next time you stop in I'll pick some up. When are you on duty again?

    Dont know yet, with the Guvmmint shut down...

    ______________________________________________ 

    Large and Small BGE, and a baby black Kub.

    And all the toys to make me look like a Gizmo Chef.

    >:)

    Chattanooga, TN.

     

  • AviatorAviator Posts: 1,486

    Gdenby, where abouts do you live?

    I have a butcher - Don's Meat shop here closeby. Have to check his offerings.

     

    gdenby said:
    As far as what can be ordered online, I've had many sausages, brats included from Stiglmeier.

    Talking up some folks in the area, I favor the pork and veal brats from Driers. Almost a delicacy except that its hard not to wolf them down.

    And just down the road, a fellow who makes outstanding sausages, tho' his brats are not quite as good as Driers, IMO.

    Unfortunately, Drier's doesn't ship their sausages. I don't know that Mullins at the Local does either, but maybe. My good fortune to live nearby.

    ______________________________________________ 

    Large and Small BGE, and a baby black Kub.

    And all the toys to make me look like a Gizmo Chef.

    >:)

    Chattanooga, TN.

     

  • gdenbygdenby Posts: 4,287
    Aviator said:

    Gdenby, where abouts do you live?

    I have a butcher - Don's Meat shop here closeby. Have to check his offerings.

     

    gdenby said:
    As far as what can be ordered online, I've had many sausages, brats included from Stiglmeier.


    North central Indiana, an area often called Michiana. About an hour and a half from Chi, where there are places like Paulina Market that usually has 45 different kinds of sausages on hand. Or Gene's Deli that has three old guys, all named Stanley, that have over 130 years of sausage making experience between them.

    The nearby places I mentioned are well above average in all their offerings. There are several other places that make one or two types of sausage very well. I've enjoyed going on "sausage safaris," to see what is out there. Most of its mediocre, but every now and then a winner shows up.
  • FoghornFoghorn Posts: 1,790
    edited October 2013

    I've had brats from the German towns around South Texas (New Brauanfels, Fredericksburg, etc) and I've had brats in Germany.  For my money there is no better brat than a Johnsonville Original.  Johnsonville's Stadium Brats and Beer Brats aren't that great.  Some of the local brats are very good, but there is something about the Johnsonville Original that is even better in my opinion (yes, I know what that is worth).

    At one point my local HEB didn't carry the Originals, but had about 6 other Johnsonville offerings (Beer Brats, Jalapeno Cheese Brats, Stadium Brats, etc).  I explained to them that is the equivalent of having Diet Coke, and Vanilla Coke, and Cherry Coke, and Coke Zero but not having Coke.  They now have the Originals and I make a point to buy them frequently.

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  • tjvtjv Posts: 3,270
    i've been Jonesin' for a good brat lately........

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  • HDumptyEsqHDumptyEsq Posts: 1,095
    If you live in Chattanooga (I do 4 days a week) try Link Forty One, they source all their meats from local farms and different breeds of pigs. They are at 217 E Main No 105, Chatt. TN 37428. Tel 423 602 9569. They make all kind of sausages. Their web-site's out at the moment so give 'em a call.

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  • ChokeOnSmokeChokeOnSmoke Posts: 1,697
    tjv said:
    i've been Jonesin' for a good brat lately........

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  • AviatorAviator Posts: 1,486
    If you live in Chattanooga (I do 4 days a week) try Link Forty One, they source all their meats from local farms and different breeds of pigs. They are at 217 E Main No 105, Chatt. TN 37428. Tel 423 602 9569. They make all kind of sausages. Their web-site's out at the moment so give 'em a call.

    Thank you. Will make a trip there

    ______________________________________________ 

    Large and Small BGE, and a baby black Kub.

    And all the toys to make me look like a Gizmo Chef.

    >:)

    Chattanooga, TN.

     

  • TerrebanditTerrebandit Posts: 1,008
    Foghorn said:

    I've had brats from the German towns around South Texas (New Brauanfels, Fredericksburg, etc) and I've had brats in Germany.  For my money there is no better brat than a Johnsonville Original.  Johnsonville's Stadium Brats and Beer Brats aren't that great.  Some of the local brats are very good, but there is something about the Johnsonville Original that is even better in my opinion (yes, I know what that is worth).

    At one point my local HEB didn't carry the Originals, but had about 6 other Johnsonville offerings (Beer Brats, Jalapeno Cheese Brats, Stadium Brats, etc).  I explained to them that is the equivalent of having Diet Coke, and Vanilla Coke, and Cherry Coke, and Coke Zero but not having Coke.  They now have the Originals and I make a point to buy them frequently.


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  • My favorite are the Boars Head Brats.  I know that might be off the radar but they are delicious in my book.  Hard to beat!

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    Columbia, SC

  • I'm personally not too crazy about the way Johnsonville spices their brats.  Just a personal flavor thing.  I do like the way Hillshire Farms seasons theirs.  In onions and beer of course.
    Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • DMWDMW Posts: 4,524
    Johnsonville Originals
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  • It's not a brat, unless it's from the Sheboygan area. Johnsonville originals are some of the best.
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  • AviatorAviator Posts: 1,486
    edited November 2013
    If you live in Chattanooga (I do 4 days a week) try Link Forty One, they source all their meats from local farms and different breeds of pigs. They are at 217 E Main No 105, Chatt. TN 37428. Tel 423 602 9569. They make all kind of sausages. Their web-site's out at the moment so give 'em a call.
    Thanks, Am going there today. Also, they have changed their name to Main Street Meats, mainstreetmeatschatt.com

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    Large and Small BGE, and a baby black Kub.

    And all the toys to make me look like a Gizmo Chef.

    >:)

    Chattanooga, TN.

     

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