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Re:Wisconsin's best bratwurst? Let's find out. 2009/07/13 15:08:04 (permalink)
Mrs MFL called to say she (and me) are in for Jalapeno Loco.

Mmm, Chiles en Nogades (poblano pepper stuffed with pieces of pork, apples, pears, plantain, peaches, and almonds. The sauce which tops the stuffed chile is made with cream, fresh Mexican cheese, and walnuts. Topped with fresh cheese sauce)
or  Shrimp Gabardina (Large shrimp stuffed with chihuahua cheese wrapped in bacon sauteed in a tequila sauce served with green peppers and rice topped with a delicious white sauce).

What to have, what to have? Or one of the seven home made moles?
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Re:Wisconsin's best bratwurst? Let's find out. 2009/07/13 18:04:29 (permalink)
OK - Buddy just called.

He'll be at Jalapeno Loco between 6.30-6.45

See y'all there!

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Re:Wisconsin's best bratwurst? Let's find out. 2009/07/13 18:08:49 (permalink)
I'll be there at 6:15.
Who all is going?
I'll get us a table for ? people?
Do we know?
 
post edited by MilwFoodlovers - 2009/07/13 18:10:04
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Re:Wisconsin's best bratwurst? Let's find out. 2009/07/13 18:10:25 (permalink)

Have fun, y'all! I got five hours of sleep last night and I'm draggin', so it looks like a light dinner and a long sleep for me this evening. Wish I could be there!
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Re:Wisconsin's best bratwurst? Let's find out. 2009/07/13 19:35:41 (permalink)
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Have fun, y'all! I got five hours of sleep last night and I'm draggin', so it looks like a light dinner and a long sleep for me this evening. Wish I could be there!


Me too & see, I am not letting that stop me.
 
I don't have my camera, you will have to trust me that the food will be awesome.
 
Annie, I see you! If you can be to Brookfield by 7, I will drive us! PM me!
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Re:Wisconsin's best bratwurst? Let's find out. 2009/07/13 22:19:11 (permalink)
Wonderful dinner.
Sorry, no pics.

Margaritas, Chiles en Nogades; Chiles en Nogades vegetarian style; Shrimp Gabardine; Margaritas, tomato and avocado salad; tres leches cake; key lime pie cheesecake; mole...more stuff I can't remember. Did I mention Margaritas?? :D

Awesome.

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Re:Wisconsin's best bratwurst? Let's find out. 2009/07/14 00:02:51 (permalink)
Were there margaritas? ;)
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Re:Wisconsin's best bratwurst? Let's find out. 2009/07/14 01:33:40 (permalink)
Awwww dang is there at least a Brewers game that weekend in town I need a better reason for the wife because she doesn't care for brats but I can bring some great ones form the local butcher Bessy's.
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Re:Wisconsin's best bratwurst? Let's find out. 2009/07/14 07:45:18 (permalink)
I think, between the sides that ppl bring, plus whatever fabulousness (it's a word - I said so) Bobbi is making for dessert(s), your wife will have PLENTY to eat.

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Re:Wisconsin's best bratwurst? Let's find out. 2009/07/14 07:47:21 (permalink)
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Were there margaritas? ;)




Oh, yeah! Thanks for reminding me!

MARGARITAAAAAASSSSSS!!!!


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Re:Wisconsin's best bratwurst? Let's find out. 2009/07/14 08:57:35 (permalink)
X1, you forgot my dish, the "Insane shrimp".
They were shrimp swimming in a cream, habanero and blue cheese sauce served with some white rice and some fantastic special refried black beans. They were insanely hot, unbelievably delicious. I hope they put these on the regular menu and I like to see if this dish and the bacon wrapped shrimp could be somehow combined. What a nice meal, as always, served up best with a table of friends.
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Re:Wisconsin's best bratwurst? Let's find out. 2009/07/14 09:45:02 (permalink)
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Awwww dang is there at least a Brewers game that weekend in town I need a better reason for the wife because she doesn't care for brats but I can bring some great ones form the local butcher Bessy's.


Yes, the Brewers are home that weekend but the game on Sunday starts at 1:05; I already have tickets and will miss the majority of the bratwurst contest.  OTOH I'll be grilling some in a setting far more traditional than JRP's yard: the Miller Park parking lot.
 
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Re:Wisconsin's best bratwurst? Let's find out. 2009/07/14 13:33:19 (permalink)
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X1, you forgot my dish, the "Insane shrimp".
They were shrimp swimming in a cream, habanero and blue cheese sauce served with some white rice and some fantastic special refried black beans. They were insanely hot, unbelievably delicious. I hope they put these on the regular menu and I like to see if this dish and the bacon wrapped shrimp could be somehow combined. What a nice meal, as always, served up best with a table of friends.



I didn't forget! I figured you'd be here sooner or later to talk about it!

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Re:Wisconsin's best bratwurst? Let's find out. 2009/07/17 16:04:37 (permalink)
This sounds SO right up my alley, that I am saddened to say I have Ravinia tix for Sept 6. SOmething special that's been on the calendar since opening day....
Ah well...
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Re:Wisconsin's best bratwurst? Let's find out. 2009/08/02 10:02:13 (permalink)
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Here's the deal, for several years I've been vowing to taste test all my favorite Wisconsin bratwurst to determine the best.  I'm going to do it this year, and you are invited to join the taste test and cast your vote.
 
If you have any other favorites, nominate them and bring them along.


I picked up some Sheboygan brats and German brats (3 of each) from Christman Meat Co. in Spooner and they're wrapped in butcher paper and in my freezer.  I had hoped to get some brats from Roscoe's Country Sausage (Phillips) but the store was closed when I went by.
 
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Re:Wisconsin's best bratwurst? Let's find out. 2009/08/02 10:40:24 (permalink)
B_O,

Have you tried both Christman varieties and have a favorite?

I'm still trying to envision how the taste-off will work.  There is no way to cook enough sausage for everyone to judge everything.

I'll probably do a round-robin with three rounds.  The preliminary and semi-final rounds will have 3 or 4 brats going against each other, with the final being a head-to-head taste-off between the two favorites.  I'll let my guests take turns judging.  I'll have to cut up the brats into pieces and let them try one of each to pick a favorite.

So far the following have been purchased for the event:
  • Usinger's
  • RJ's Meats
  • Kramarczuk's (courtesy of BuddyRoadhouse)
  • Christman Meat (courtesy of Brad_Olson)
  • Mystery Brats

For those of you bringing brats to the taste-off.  Please let me know what you buy when you get it.  I'll keep the list updated to avoid duplications.  You should bring 2 pounds of each brat that will be in the taste-off. We are also doing a separate poultry brat taste-off.

Jim
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Re:Wisconsin's best bratwurst? Let's find out. 2009/08/02 14:32:23 (permalink)
I recently had some artisan (they raise their own pigs) bratwurst, Wilson Farm Meats out of Elkhorn.
Perhaps they weren't made properly but imho the meat was too finely ground for a proper brat, so I will not be bringing any of these.
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Re:Wisconsin's best bratwurst? Let's find out. 2009/08/02 16:11:57 (permalink)
Sorry JRP, all I did was pick them up and throw them in the freezer.  I had hoped that Rondeau's in Cable made their own but apparently they don't, so we ate Klement's while we were there.

Sorg's is on the way to Burlington so if I'm able to make it to Fred's on the 15th I'll pick up some of their brats.

Brad
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Re:Wisconsin's best bratwurst? Let's find out. 2009/08/03 17:22:36 (permalink)
Is anyone going to Miesfeld's?
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Re:Wisconsin's best bratwurst? Let's find out. 2009/08/03 17:45:16 (permalink)
 I will if no one else can.
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Re:Wisconsin's best bratwurst? Let's find out. 2009/08/04 09:37:18 (permalink)
Don't know how I managed to miss this thread until this morning, but count me in for September 6th, and I'll bring a side dish.
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Re:Wisconsin's best bratwurst? Let's find out. 2009/08/04 21:26:49 (permalink)
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Don't know how I managed to miss this thread until this morning, but count me in for September 6th, and I'll bring a side dish.


Bob - They must have just disabled the thread blocking feature. 

Actually, I was surprised that it took so long for you to chime in.  A side dish will be great.

Jim
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Re:Wisconsin's best bratwurst? Let's find out. 2009/08/08 19:43:54 (permalink)
Updated brat list, these have already been purchased.
  • Usinger's
  • RJ's Meats
  • Kramarczuk's (courtesy of BuddyRoadhouse)
  • Christman Meat (courtesy of Brad_Olson)
  • Mystery Brats
  • Klement's
Stay hungry, my friends.
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Re:Wisconsin's best bratwurst? Let's find out. 2009/08/08 22:49:37 (permalink)
I have just relocated from Colorado Springs to Denmark, WI - - unfortunately, I won't be able to make this event, but I will look forward to possibly joining the Milwaukee crowd sometime in the future..... 

I am enjoying all of the new (to me) foods that I am finding in the markets, and the joys of having real bakeries and butcher shops is so exciting....  Now if I could only find a decent Chinese restaurant....  COS was a wasteland - - there were some 'okay' places, but after 25 years in Hawaii, I guess that I just couldn't find something that appealed to me....

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Re:Wisconsin's best bratwurst? Let's find out. 2009/08/08 23:08:15 (permalink)
Add Hoesly's and Ruef's to the brat supply.
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Re:Wisconsin's best bratwurst? Let's find out. 2009/08/08 23:40:35 (permalink)
mamaduck43

I have just relocated from Colorado Springs to Denmark, WI - ....

Welcome to Wisconsin.
I have friends in Maribel/Denmark.
I love Konops Meats in nearby Stangleville, the Friday chicken and fish at Susters Arcade across from the bank in Denmark but most of all the burgers and other sandwiches at Basil's II in Fontenoy. I think I'd rather have the somewhat modest but charcoal grilled cheeseburger from Basil's II than any other hamburger anywhere. It's my desert island burger. Make sure you try some booyah, it's a sort of chicken stew that is a staple of local fundraisers. If you like summer sausage, you may want to venture to Newton and Whitelaw. In early fall, keep your eyes out a Kermis, a sort of autumn celebration with lots of unique dishes.

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Re:Wisconsin's best bratwurst? Let's find out. 2009/08/09 02:19:40 (permalink)
I can't wait until Labor Day.  Time to make a bratwurst run to Mars Cheese Castle at I-94 and Hwy S/aka Hwy 142 in Kenosha.  I'll get my brat on a toasted roll with brown mustard, kraut and a side of hot German Potato Salad.  Here's a hint: stop by the bar and enjoy sharp cheddar cheese spread with crackers on the house.
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Re:Wisconsin's best bratwurst? Let's find out. 2009/08/09 10:00:43 (permalink)
mamaduck43 - I know folks in Denmark.  There is not much going on up that way, about the only people beinghired are nuclear workers and professional football players.  I'll ask some of my Green Bay friends where the best Chinese is there.  I'm surprised that MFL didn't tell you about the Fortune Restaurant in the Milwaukee area.  There is a lot of Roadfood in that area of WI.  The chain restaurants haven't made East of I-43.  There are some on the far west end of Manitowoc, but they've (to my knowledge) missed Two Rivers, Kewaunee, Algoma, and the entire Door County peninsula.

The Brat Taste-off Entries now include:
  • Usinger's
  • RJ's Meats
  • Kramarczuk's (courtesy of BuddyRoadhouse)
  • Christman Meat (courtesy of Brad_Olson)
  • Mystery Brats
  • Klement's
  • Hoelsy's (Courtesy of X1)
  • Ruef's (Courtesy of X1)
X1 - Let me know if Chuck also deserves credit.
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Re:Wisconsin's best bratwurst? Let's find out. 2009/08/09 13:50:04 (permalink)
A woman who works in my employer's Green Bay store is partial to No. 1 China (I think that's the name).

I'd say at the very least Chuck deserves credit just for putting up with X1...

JRP, be sure you bring a cooler next Saturday so I can hand over some brats from Sorg's and Jacobson Bros.  If I think of it I'll get some at J.L. Richards in Oregon, too.

Brad
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Re:Wisconsin's best bratwurst? Let's find out. 2009/08/09 17:52:09 (permalink)
Updated Brat Taste-off Entries:
  • Usinger's
  • RJ's Meats
  • Kramarczuk's (courtesy of BuddyRoadhouse)
  • Christman Meat (courtesy of Brad_Olson)
  • Mystery Brats
  • Klement's
  • Hoelsy's (Courtesy of X1 & ChuckL)
  • Ruef's (Courtesy of X1 & ChuckL)
  • Sendik's Fine Foods (I couldn't help myself, they were on sale)
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