Originally posted by jerzeydawg
Originally posted by John Fox
John Fox, What do you think about the Thumans brand dogs. I'm not too familiar with them but have been noticing them more in the deli section of stores this spring. I ee two different packages. One being white with blue lettering and i forget what the other package looks like.
Thumanns makes 3 recipes. An all beef dog that you can get skinless or natural casing which is pretty good. A dog for deep frying that Rutts Hut and others use. This one is not sold in supermarkets. I've been able to get it from a pizzeria owner who uses Thumanns coldcuts for his sub sandwiches. He will order a package from the Thumanns distributor for me. And the beef/pork griller which is sold in the blue and white package. This is the dog that Thumanns sells the most of. You can get this dog in a skinless quarter pound size and also in the skinless 8 or 10 to a lb size. But you have to search for these.
The Thumanns griller in the blue and white package is a natural casing frank that comes 6 to a lb. In my opinion, it is the best German style beef and pork dog I've had. I've compared it to many others and it has a rich unique taste that's hard to describe. I know that the pork comes right off of their hams. They use quality cuts of beef and pork rather than trimmings. This dog is great on the backyard grill, but I prefer cooking it on a griddle. It has a tender casing and is loosely packed. A unique, delicious flavor. Wegmans sells them loose in the deli case.
John Fox, Thanks for all of that valuable info, The Thuman's beef & pork in natural casing are on my list.
I've seen somebody mention franks from the Union Pork store on Morris Ave in Union. Do you have any knowledge of these franks? What type they are ? How they are best cooked. I go to the liquor stare next to them every Thursday afternoon and was thinking about buying some franks there if they are good.
I've been to the Union Pork Store many times. The German style franks are made on the premises and are 50% beef and 50% pork. They come in different sizes and are excellent. When I buy a beef and pork frank rather than an all beef, over 90% of the time it's either a Thumanns or one from the Union Pork Store. You can't get fresher than these. Although I prefer Thummanns, these are in the same league. Better than most butcher shop dogs and as good as the best. Up there with Kochers in Ridgefield Park. New Jersey Monthly ran a piece on the Union Pork Store a few years ago where they described the franks as "pristine". Everything at this place is exceptional. I know of someone who travels from Pennsylvania just to buy the bratwurst. Most people I know in Union prefer this butcher shop to the others in Union. A neighbor of mine even likes their dogs better than Thumanns. Again, it's a matter of taste. Try the dogs; you can buy just one if you want. I would recommend grilling.