Bratwursts, need help..

Discussion in 'Sausage' started by cdndeerhunter, Nov 11, 2011.

  1. The deer season so far has been a success! I am wanting to try a few things this year with the meat such as bratwursts. I bought the Hi Mountain bratwurst kit. Is Bratwurst a "fresh sausage" ? or does it need to be cured and smoked? Which leads me to my third question, what flavour of smoke would you use with bratwurst sausage? Any help or guidance would be helpful. Thanks!
  2. boykjo

    boykjo Sausage maker Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    bratwurst is usually a fresh sausage.... but I see the kit includes cure so your kit may be for a cured a bratwurst I prefer apple wood or cherry for smoking sausage... any type of fruit wood...

    Good luck and dont forget to post some qveiw

    Happy smoking

    Last edited: Nov 11, 2011
  3. bluebombersfan

    bluebombersfan Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Brats should be a fresh sausage, then boil them in beer and toss on the BBQ for a few minutes to brown them up.
  4. smokinal

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

    What bomber said.
  5. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    I would follow Joes advice and then Bombers too. Both are right for they said the same thing.
  6. smokin - k

    smokin - k Meat Mopper

    Check out Shooter Ricks Brats with attitude recipe... Fresh for sure and no smoke required like said before by the gang.. Have fun and good luck! Smokin - K
  7. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    ALL THE ABOVE X2...But...SIMMER, Boiling toughens the Meat and Renders most of the fat and can make Sausage dry...Sorry for the contradiction guys, it's a Chef Thing...JJ
  8. shooterrick

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

    Yes to all the above.  YOu may want to consider using beer as a sub for the water in the recipe you choose.  Not a traditional method but you can go straight to the grill with em and still get the flavors of the Hops and such from the beer.
  9. mdboatbum

    mdboatbum Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Living in an apartment, we don't always have the option of just tossing bratwurst on the grill for a few minutes after simmering in beer. Grilling or smoking is a bit of an event, requiring the schlepping of the grill or smoker over to the park along with all the accoutrements and then sitting over there and babysitting it. What we do is put about a half inch of beer in a good sized skillet and bring to a simmer. Toss in the bratwurst and cover for about 15 minutes, shaking the pan every few minutes to rotate the sausages (probably not necessary as you're really just steaming them at this point). After the 15 minutes, remove the cover and let the liquid cook off. Once it's cooked off, carefully watch and turn the sausages so each side browns. It will make a heck of a mess in your pan, and a good exhaust fan is helpful, but the results are excellent. As far as I can tell the beer reduces to almost a syrup, then caramelizes. It's easy to go too far and scorch the sausages, but it's not really tricky, just have to stay with them after the lid comes off. For an added bonus, you can deglaze the pan with a little (maybe a quarter cup) more beer, scraping all the good brown bits off, then before it gets stuck again toss in a half stick of unsalted* butter, dropping the heat to med-low. Once melted, toss in a julienned sweet onion. Let that caramelize over very low heat until it's browned and nearly falling apart(this will take a good long time). Then dump in a whole beer. The type is up to you. I usually use Guinness, but have had decent results with run of the mill pilsner. The resulting sauce will concentrate the flavor of the beer, so use what you like. Raise the heat to med-hi or so and reduce until it's somewhat thick. Finish with the other half stick of butter and you'll have a sauce that is complex, earthy and just freaking amazing.

    *The residue of the sausages in the pan will contain all the salt you need. I've tried this with salted butter and it came out too salty.

    As for the original question, I believe you've gotten your answer already, so pardon the thread hijack.
  10. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I would go with JJ.  Except I would take it a step further.  Use the beer, and poach it for a longer time.  Then hit the grill.

    Good luck and good smoking.

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