Wisconsin's best bratwurst? Let's find out.

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Re:Wisconsin's best bratwurst? Let's find out. 2009/08/24 00:36:12 (permalink)
I will make some kind of grain-based (couscous, pasta, etc.) salad.
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Re:Wisconsin's best bratwurst? Let's find out. 2009/08/24 01:48:36 (permalink)
EDIT: Sorry folks, just went back and saw the previous post addressing this issue.  Ignore this post if you'd like, or clip it out and save it to trade with your friends.

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Do we have a start time in mind?  Our other daughter (the one none of you have met yet.  Yes, she really does exist) is having a birthday on Monday and wants to get together Sunday the 6th to celebrate.  She's throwing the guilt trip at us (wonder where she learned that) and Mrs. Roadhouse, abe_froeman, Mr. Maki and I are seriously thinking about getting back down to Chicago at an early enough hour (7:30-8:00pm) to join up with the kid.

So, JRPfeff, what time are you thinking about launching this pleasure cruise?

Buddy
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Re:Wisconsin's best bratwurst? Let's find out. 2009/08/24 13:22:18 (permalink)
AlwaysEatingOut 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.
Avoid Mars Cheese Castle, and get over to Tim and Tom's right across the street while it's still there. They'll be moving it when they widen the Evil I, as will Uke's Harley Davidson. All in the name of progress.


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Re:Wisconsin's best bratwurst? Let's find out. 2009/08/24 20:07:03 (permalink)
BuddyRoadhouse

So, JRPfeff, what time are you thinking about launching this pleasure cruise?

Buddy


Buddy,

Don't tell anybody but I intend to weigh anchor at 14:00 CDT (that's 2:00 P.M. for you flatlanders). 

The brat tastings will begin as soon as I have 16 tasters available and keep going until a winner is decided.  There will probably be 15-20 minutes between rounds for a total taste-off duration of 2-1/2 hours.  The side dishes will be available all along, but I won't start serving brats for meals until the taste-off ends.

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Re:Wisconsin's best bratwurst? Let's find out. 2009/08/25 20:38:37 (permalink)
I stopped at Konop's today after work.  This the updated taste-off list.
  • Usinger's
  • RJ's Meats
  • Kramarczuk's (from MSP 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
  • Johnsonville
  • J.L. Richards (courtesy of Brad_Olson)
  • Jacobson Bros.  (courtesy of Brad_Olson)
  • Spar's (from Buffalo courtesy of Quijote)
  • Sorgs  (courtesy of Brad_Olson) 
  • Gooseberry's Market
  • Karl's Country Market
  • Miesfeld's
  • Glenn's Market
  • Konop's
The only ones left to purchase are
  • Schwai's (MFL)
  • Carle's from Bucyrus (Michael Hoffman)

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Re:Wisconsin's best bratwurst? Let's find out. 2009/08/25 22:23:41 (permalink)
Was Bucyrus where pizza was invented by some Polish fellow?
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Re:Wisconsin's best bratwurst? Let's find out. 2009/08/25 23:26:26 (permalink)
If Hoffman shows up it will be the Roadfood event of the decade.  You could charge admission!

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Re:Wisconsin's best bratwurst? Let's find out. 2009/08/26 18:39:16 (permalink)
Hmmm, Hoffman going to a RF Meet-n-Greet??? It sounds like the 'Second Coming' !!  " />
 I would get the Choir (Glee Club?) ready to welcome him, and check his Buckeye weiners carefully before serving!
 
PS- Jan and I are among the few to actually share a meal with Mr Hoffman. We found him to be a fine lunch companion !  He cultivates his on-line image, but actually is nice fellow.
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Re:Wisconsin's best bratwurst? Let's find out. 2009/08/26 19:17:21 (permalink)
Should we let MH know that he's signed up to supply brats?
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Re:Wisconsin's best bratwurst? Let's find out. 2009/08/26 19:18:03 (permalink)
I'm sure he is a nice fellow.  If he wants to power up the Packard and head to Wisconsin, there will be more than enough food to feed him and any other Ohio (or anywhere else) Roadfooders.  Just one thing, no ketchup on his bratwurst!

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Re:Wisconsin's best bratwurst? Let's find out. 2009/08/26 19:26:37 (permalink)
Actually, it would be the First Coming. But, alas, Hoffman won't be able to grace your gathering, more's the pity. He has a prior committment. He's been commissioned by a secret government agency to seek out those who would put anything but mustard and/or horseradish on a bratwurst.
 
(Additionally, he is required to report any persons he finds putting catsup on a hot dog, but that is secondary to his main assignment.)
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Re:Wisconsin's best bratwurst? Let's find out. 2009/08/26 19:28:14 (permalink)
mayor al

PS- Jan and I are among the few to actually share a meal with Mr Hoffman. We found him to be a fine lunch companion !  He cultivates his on-line image, but actually is nice fellow.

Knock it off, Al. I have a reputation to maintain.

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Re:Wisconsin's best bratwurst? Let's find out. 2009/08/26 20:41:59 (permalink)
" /> I revealed the secret...... I am soooo sorry. " />
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Re:Wisconsin's best bratwurst? Let's find out. 2009/08/26 21:00:51 (permalink)
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Re:Wisconsin's best bratwurst? Let's find out. 2009/08/26 21:03:01 (permalink)
Just for fun (and hey, why not, at this point), I may pick up some brats from Ray's Butcher Shop, too.

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Re:Wisconsin's best bratwurst? Let's find out. 2009/08/27 01:22:43 (permalink)
I don't think the buns are going to make it to the picnic.

What about sauerkraut, Mr Hoffman? My mom's family is German & we like our kraut, onions & mustard on the brats.
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Re:Wisconsin's best bratwurst? Let's find out. 2009/08/27 14:00:22 (permalink)
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I don't think the buns are going to make it to the picnic.

What about sauerkraut, Mr Hoffman? My mom's family is German & we like our kraut, onions & mustard on the brats.



Whoops! I think of onions on bratwurst as a given -- simmered with the brats and beer. But I did forget about sauerkraut, and for that I apologize.
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Re:Wisconsin's best bratwurst? Let's find out. 2009/08/27 22:34:58 (permalink)
OK, from a mid-west Iowa boy of Czech/German family, this is how brats were done every Saturday all summer and fall long.

Dad grabbed a case of beer and threw it into the cooler with ice, Mom snagged out 2-3 bottles.

A cast iron kettle was fired up, Mom grabbed a white tupperware out of the back of the fridge with the lard and scooped out a big spoonful, dropped into the kettle, 2 slivered up onions were tossed in to brown up.  Whenever she remembered to come back to the stove the beer was poured in, along with any leftover stock she wanted to use up, or even water to top up to what she thought was sufficient.

A mess of brats were dumped in and simmered at such a low level bubbles hardly broke the surface.

At this point a lot of beer was gone and the grill had a nice coal base slowly dying down.

The brats were pulled out to a plate only to hit the grill.  The onions were sieved out and placed in a aluminum pan with a pad of butter, the pan placed off on the side of the grill,  someone always splashed a little more beer into the onions.

More beer was placed into the cooler, grilling occured, illicit fireworks often erupted, kids with fresh band aids sensed dinner was ready.

THe deck picnic table was lined with warm kraut, 2-3 varieties of mustard (stone, horseradish, dijon), ketchup, the onions, rarely pickle relish, and then the regular summer picnic sides.

I'm pretty certain this happened roughly 2-3,000 times in my youth.
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Re:Wisconsin's best bratwurst? Let's find out. 2009/08/28 18:00:08 (permalink)
"According to Miesfeld's Meat Market's Chuck Miesfeld, a third-generation sausage maker and many times grand champion in the Wisconsin Association of Meat Processors' bratwurst judging contest, the sausage should be grilled over coals with no adornment whatsoever.  He says beer is what you drink with them, not what you cook them in."
- Jane & Michael Stern, 500 Things to Eat Before its too Late

I don't care if you boil your bratwurst in Iowa.  Or boil your pork ribs and fried tenderloins either.  Pre-cooking of bratwurst has not and will not happen here, and is irrelevant to this brat tasting. 

End of discussion.

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Re:Wisconsin's best bratwurst? Let's find out. 2009/08/28 19:13:46 (permalink)
JRPfeff

End of discussion.


End of enlightened discussion.
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Re:Wisconsin's best bratwurst? Let's find out. 2009/08/28 19:39:45 (permalink)
Now that's the Michael Hoffman we know and love!

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Re:Wisconsin's best bratwurst? Let's find out. 2009/08/28 19:49:05 (permalink)
I'll get back to you in a few minutes, I have to run to the store for more beer to simmer my brats.

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Re:Wisconsin's best bratwurst? Let's find out. 2009/08/28 20:31:24 (permalink)
It's my party and I'll fry if I want to.

Take your boiled meat to the cooking technique forum.

The verdict.
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Re:Wisconsin's best bratwurst? Let's find out. 2009/08/28 21:10:05 (permalink)
JRPfeff

Take your boiled meat to the cooking technique forum.



Boiled? I've never boiled a brat in my life.

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Re:Wisconsin's best bratwurst? Let's find out. 2009/08/28 21:25:30 (permalink)
WOW! I guess it's true about putting a bunch of monkeys in a room stocked with typewriters and reams of paper!

All kidding aside, Schwai's are now in my freezer! Woo woo!

Stricken, your kidding about no rolls right? Be honest. If you're not bringing Sheeptown hard rolls, Beth will bring Scortino's Italian sausage rolls which I love, just not for brats.
Let us know as we do need something to put our lovely encased meat in.
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Re:Wisconsin's best bratwurst? Let's find out. 2009/08/28 21:31:44 (permalink)
MFL,

I drive by Miesfeld's every week.  You will have your rolls.

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Re:Wisconsin's best bratwurst? Let's find out. 2009/08/29 00:15:42 (permalink)
Dessert Alert!

No pies this time.  THe cobbler was also a false alarm.  We're currently on track for ............

To be continued.
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Re:Wisconsin's best bratwurst? Let's find out. 2009/08/29 01:26:28 (permalink)
MilwFoodlovers Stricken, your kidding about no rolls right? Be honest. If you're not bringing Sheeptown hard rolls, Beth will bring Scortino's Italian sausage rolls which I love, just not for brats.
Let us know as we do need something to put our lovely encased meat in.


I underestimated how much room they would take up.    They are delicious with a little butter in a skillet for a minute or two.


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Re:Wisconsin's best bratwurst? Let's find out. 2009/08/29 01:39:55 (permalink)
WarToad

OK, from a mid-west Iowa boy of Czech/German family, this is how brats were done every Saturday all summer and fall long.

THe deck picnic table was lined with warm kraut, 2-3 varieties of mustard (stone, horseradish, dijon), ketchup, the onions, rarely pickle relish, and then the regular summer picnic sides.

I'm pretty certain this happened roughly 2-3,000 times in my youth.


Lard? Your mom was hardcore!

Change this to butter & you've got it for us. My mother puts brown sugar & butter in the kraut too.  (no ketchup)
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Re:Wisconsin's best bratwurst? Let's find out. 2009/08/29 07:18:52 (permalink)
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MFL,

I drive by Miesfeld's every week.  You will have your rolls.

jrp


Thanks for putting my mind at ease.
I might not have been sleeping well until the soireé.
 
How'd you learn of Konop's?
They changed the way I make jerky and they make the closest thing to the late lamented South Side Sausage Company's Polish Delights! Just a great meat market in the middle of nowhere.
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