brats vs hot dogs

Discussion in 'Sausage' started by dalton, Aug 18, 2011.

  1. dalton

    dalton Smoke Blower

    ok thinking about making my first attempt at brats and wondering what is really the differnce between brats and hot dogs.  what makes a brat a brat and not a hot dog?  (or sausage for that matter)

    is it that hot dogs are made of meat that is gound much finer?

    is it that hot dogs are pre-cooked and brats are not?

    it it a type of spice package that makes them brats?

    hopefully some of you more expereinced folks can tell me...


  2. mdboatbum

    mdboatbum Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    You pretty much nailed it. Brats (Wisconsin style) are made from pork and veal I believe (or just pork shoulder) and are emulsified. Marjoram and nutmeg, among other spices are added to give a distinct flavor profile. German bratwurst from what I understand are less finely ground. Either can be steamed, poached, smoked or grilled depending on what you're going for. I've seen them in stores either fresh or cooked. Hot dogs are pretty much dealer's choice. Any meat can be used, though it's usually emulsified and the resulting sausages are smoked or par cooked in some fashion. I've made Bratwurst (albeit somewhat badly) and various other sausages, but never tried hot dogs.

    All are sausages. Brats are a type of Bratwurst and hotdogs are another type of sausage.

    Those more in the know may prove me completely wrong, but this is my understanding.
  3. boykjo

    boykjo Sausage maker Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    hey dalton...... slow down ,step back  and take a breath........ hot dogs and brats r two totally different types of sausages.....  Its like whats the difference in kielbasa and italian sausage...........  a hot dog is not a brat and a brat is not a hot dog..... if you had some that tasted the same then you either havent had a good hot dog or a good brat......... do a search on brat recipes and hot dog recipes and you'll find some awesome ones and make them and you'll know what the difference is.......................and dont forget the q-veiw.......[​IMG]

  4. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

  5. danmcg

    danmcg Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I hope this helps answer some questions you had, feel free to ask when ever you want.
    Last edited: Aug 19, 2011
  6. boykjo

    boykjo Sausage maker Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    well answered again Dan..... I'm not good with words......... but everything you say, I am in awe..........................
  7. chefrob

    chefrob Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    dan the man to the rescue..........again.
  8. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    That is why I love this place 
  9. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Dan said it all!
  10. nwdave

    nwdave Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Or, in my book.....(few pages I know, but thanks to this site....more are always being added)  Brats rule the roost.  Maybe it was the 3 years of eating education I got in Germany, in the 70's, while working for Uncle Sam's Flying Club that caused me to gain so much weight, but dang, the Germans know how to make and cook Brats.  Dang, now you've made go and get hungry for some Brats on the Grill for lunch today, if not for breakfast.......let's see, bacon and brats, couple of  eggs on the side........oh, and some of those hash browns........
    Last edited: Aug 19, 2011
  11. dalton

    dalton Smoke Blower

    since I have not done any hot dogs or brats yet the brats seem a little easier because you don't have to grind it into a paste!!

    I will give it a try this weekend and try and post my results...

    thanks for all the input!!!   I love this place!!!
  12. danmcg

    danmcg Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Last edited: Aug 20, 2011
  13. shooterrick

    shooterrick Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Well Dan got it covered so [​IMG].  Just an confession:  I have made lots of Brats but never dogs.  It is a mental thing and the wife just dosnt like dogs anyway.  Ya I know I can make a better dog than the commercial store bought but with the effort it takes to make sausage of any kind I just cant bring myself to do it.  OK I feel better for clearing my sausage soul!   
  14. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looks like Dan covered all you wanted to know.

    Don't forget the qview!

  15. dalton

    dalton Smoke Blower

    thanks all!!

    I appreciate the input
  16. red dog

    red dog Smoking Fanatic

    There's hot dogs and then there's hot dogs.I still remember the dogs we used to get at the local butcher when I was a kid. They were still all linked together in the meat counter and he would cut off whatever you wanted and wrap in butcher paper. They had a nice juicy pop when you bit them and the flavor of pimento or something. I would love to have the recipe they used. Personally I prefer a finer grind in brats. By that I mean finer than you get with the pre-packaged brats like Johnsonville.

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