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Re:going through Minnesota 2012/04/05 17:41:56 (permalink)
Davydd

Sioux Falls, SD is a bit out of the way and not a route I would recommend heading toward Minot, ND after coming across Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota north routes. I would assume US 2 and nearby most of that way.

Buddy,

I'll be in Anchorage later this summer as we are heading up the Alaskan Highway at the end of June. Should I pick up those brats for you?

You are going to love the trip on the Alcan, it's beautiful.  What will you be doing in Anchorage?  You're going to enjoy the super long days and almost no darkness at the end of June!  Go to Homer and do some halibut fishing!

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Re:going through Minnesota 2012/04/06 11:01:18 (permalink)
We have a niece living in Anchorage we will visit. Our plan is to go everywhere there is a paved road. Homer is a definite destination as we didn't get there before. My wife is a University of Minnesota Raptor Center volunteer so we would very much like to see the bald eagles in Homer hopefully if they are still there. We have the book, The Eagle Lady about Jean Keene by Cary Anderson. We'll head out at the end of June and probably be out until close to Labor Day.
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Re:going through Minnesota 2012/04/17 14:05:08 (permalink)
For anyone wondering, Michael Hoffman has paid up on our bet from the preceding page.  Two pounds of beautiful Bratwurst from Bucyrus, Ohio arrived via FeEx this morning.  They wanted me to tell everyone they're happy to be in Chicago and are looking forward to the trip up to Milwaukee in May, where they will be devoured by a couple dozen hungry Contingent members on DayPieFestSmoke.
 
Thanks Michael!
 
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Re:going through Minnesota 2012/04/19 10:17:00 (permalink)
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You are going to have such an AWESOME trip!  I've been on every paved road and some not so paved (going to Deadhorse) and I never ceased to be amazed at the beauty of Alaska.  You are going to love Homer, it's my favorite town in AK.  Last time I was there I saw lots and lots of eagles.
 
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Michael says he's glad the brats arrived safely.  He fixed them for us the other night.  When asked how many I would eat, I replied, "one".  WRONG!  They were so good I ate two.  Enjoy!!
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Re:going through Minnesota 2012/04/19 15:21:10 (permalink)
lleechef (or, Lisa, if I may),
Now that we have the Brats, the question has come up as to the best method for preparation.  The initial thought was, of course, to grill them.  But seeing as they will be served at a Smoke Day gathering, we then wondered how they'd hold up to a few hours of low and slow heat over wood smoke.
 
So, what's Michael's recommendation?  Grill or smoke?  And if we grill, should they be simmered in beer and onions prior to hitting the fire?
 
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Re:going through Minnesota 2012/04/20 09:46:44 (permalink)
Michael and I think they would be wonderful smoked even though we've never had them that way.  Michael prepared them the beer and onion method before grilling and they were truly delicious.  So good that the second one I ate without bun, mustard, onions.  Just plain.  
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Re:going through Minnesota 2012/04/20 20:27:27 (permalink)
As she said, I simmer them in beer and onions and then grill them. But, I think they'd be just great smoked. In fact, I'm going to have to smoke some.
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Re:going through Minnesota 2012/04/21 16:47:18 (permalink)
both ways sound marvelous! As for your drive to Alaska, are you going through Yukon or taking the marine highway? If you are going the Canadian route you should check out a place in Whitehorse called Antoinette's, very good food.
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Re:going through Minnesota 2012/04/22 02:53:14 (permalink)
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So, what's Michael's recommendation?  Grill or smoke?  And if we grill, should they be simmered in beer and onions prior to hitting the fire?
Buddy

I don't have a dog in this hunt, but I think if you smoke them and then put them in Beer & Onions before grilling you would loose some of that smoke flavor in the liquid. On the other hand, now that I think about it, maybe the smoke flavor would be absorbed by the Onions. I have a headache thinking this hard--Youze Guys figure it out! 
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Re:going through Minnesota 2012/04/22 14:14:18 (permalink)
Nothing to figure out.  I was considering a choice of either/or, not a combination of methods.
 
I'm starting to understand why Mr. Hoffman used to get so frustrated around here.  Maybe I'll pick up the curmudgeon mantle for while.  It suits me.
 
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Re:going through Minnesota 2012/04/23 10:22:48 (permalink)
Oh no!  Not TWO curmudgeons around here!  One is enough.......MORE than enough.
 
I was thinking, why not smoke them (the brats, not the curmudgeons) then give them a quick spin on the grill, for color.  That would work for me!
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Re:going through Minnesota 2012/04/23 12:00:59 (permalink)
Ah, lleechef, ever the solution finder.  Sounds like a good idea to me.  It's up to Pit Master JRPfeff as to whether or not he will smoke them.  His initial response, over in the "Smoke Day" thread, was to grill them as he usually would.  Perhaps you could persuade him otherwise.  Either way, I'm sure they're going to be a crowd pleaser.
 
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