Looking for a Johnsonville style brat seasoning.

Discussion in 'Sausage' started by rbranstner, May 25, 2012.

  1. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Call me crazy but I love the flavor of Johnsonville brats. I have made my own venison/pork brats but the brat seasoning I used doesn't taste anything remotely close to what a Johnsonville style brat tastes like. Does anyone have a recipe or know of a mix I could order that would resemble the brat flavor I am looking for? I have some venison in the freezer that I need to us up this summer so I am going to make a few different kinds of sausage that I have been wanting to try.
  2. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

  3. This is a family member's recipe.......

    "This is my recipe for a classic old-fashioned all-pork Wisconsin-style brat.
    For a beer brat, just add a little beer to the mix.

    This is a classic Wisconson bratwurst flavor profile.

    Wisconsin-Wannabe Bratwurst

    5 lbs. well-fatted pork shoulder/butt
    3 Tbsp. kosher salt
    1 Tbsp. sugar
    2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
    1 1/2 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
    1/2 tsp. toasted and freshly ground coriander
    1/4 tsp. ground celery seed
    1/8 tsp. ground marjoram
    1 1/2 tsp. ground ginger

    I use a fairly course grind, grinding just half the meat a second time with the same plate.
    I replace part of the salt with Tiparos Thai fish sauce in all of my fresh sausage recipes. It adds "what's that?" umami savoriness.
    I gently steam the sausages on low heat (165-170 F) until safe temperature is reached. "

  4. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    That sounds great Martin - thanks for sharing 
  5. diesel

    diesel Smoking Fanatic

  6. I think that you'll find that nutmeg/mace is the signature spice in most Wisconsin style brats.

  7. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I have the attitude brats saved in my recipes. I just came across it again today so I think I am going to make a 5lb batch of those.
  8. ginny

    ginny Newbie

    digging dog farm recipe is awesome thanks and the nutmeg is great what a surprise..
  9. woodcutter

    woodcutter Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    You can throw the whole nut in the coffee grinder and make your own fresh nutmeg. Makes great brats.
  10. steve mcmanus

    steve mcmanus Newbie

    Diggingdogfarm:  I was looking for a brat recipe.  Yours was the first I tried.  I'm not looking for a recipe any more.  It's that great.
    diggingdogfarm likes this.

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