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muskokachef
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going through Minnesota - Tue, 03/20/12 1:32 PM
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greetings;
we are taking a road trip through northern Michigan(Marquette), Minnesota and  on our way to Minot ND to Canada. Are there any food places of note to check out? We are not adverse to going a little off the road as we try not to interstate if we do not have to!
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Re:going through Minnesota - Sat, 03/31/12 1:04 PM
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by the lack of responses does that mean there is no good places to eat in the north central US?

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Re:going through Minnesota - Sat, 03/31/12 2:06 PM
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Maybe just not a lot of familiarity with that region.
 
Also, you fail to give any details of your trip: Route?  Particular likes or dislikes?  Got fussy kids, or are you all grown ups who eat everything?
 
You've chosen to leave your home state a mystery--AL, MO, OH, TX?  There's even a Huntsville in Ontario, Canada.  Judging from your screen name, I'm going to guess you're from the Canadian Huntsville.  But the average poster wouldn't bother doing the detective work I did, so they have no idea where you're starting from.  This makes it tough to recommend anything "along the way", since we don't know "the way" you're going.
 
God, and the average Roadfood poster, helps those who help themselves.  You'll only get as much out of this website as you're willing to put into it.  A few more specifics and I bet you'll get some better answers.
 
As for me, I could give you a couple of weeks worth of outstanding dining suggestions in the Twin Cities, but it doesn't seem like that's part of your trip.  If I'm wrong, let me know and I'll provide.
 
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Re:going through Minnesota - Sat, 03/31/12 2:26 PM
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I'm guessing Oklahoma as a home base. What part of Minnesota will you be traversing?

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Re:going through Minnesota - Sat, 03/31/12 11:18 PM
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If going near Sioux Falls South Dakota /Sioux City IA I recommend the following.  
 
Archies Waeside Lemars IA-reviews elsewhere on this site.  Steaks, Chops, Home made salad dressings.  Regarded as one of the best in country.  

 
Black Angus Bar and Grill Canton SD-Good food, friendly owner and staff, small town atmosphere.  Steaks, Chops, Burgers

 
Mainstreet Bar and Grill Larchwood IA-Good food, Good Service, Small town atmosphere.  Steaks, Seafood, Burgers, French Dip Sandwich, Wings, Twice baked potato
 

 
Bobs Cafe Sioux Falls SD-Broasted Chicken, Breakfast, new BBQ items
 

 
B&G Milky Way Sioux Falls SD- Soft Serve Ice cream and sandwich items
 

 
Cookie Jar Sioux Falls SD-Made from scratch Cookies, bars, sandwiches, soups, salads
 

 
 
 
 

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Re:going through Minnesota - Sun, 04/1/12 12:06 AM
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I am going to guess that the OP is going Marquette to Ironwood to Duluth to Bemidji to Grand Forks to Minot.  There are three restaurants reviewed on here for Marquette, and one for Duluth.  I have to assume he has already checked these out, so maybe someone else can come up with something additional in this northern "strip".

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Re:going through Minnesota - Sun, 04/1/12 2:13 AM
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Michael Hoffman

I'm guessing Oklahoma as a home base.

Michael, you surprise me.  An old detail stickler like you would have Googled both Muskoka and Huntsville in Ontario and discovered them to be within about 35-40 miles of each other along local Route 11.  They're both on the west side of Lake Huron, and both have a direct (albeit long and scenic) route to the UP of the Mitten State.
 
Another clue: The fact that the OP's location is represented by a double "X" indicates he or she is probably from outside the U.S since the site does not offer the option of putting in a Canadian province.
 
Let's just say I'm a big fan of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
 
I'm prepared to make a wager on this: If I'm right you have to provide me with two pounds of Bucyrus Brats, deliverable at JRPfeff's Smoke Day/Pie fest event in May, or the next time I'm in Columbus/Gahanna.  If you win I'll provide you with a large pizza from Burt's Place with your choice of toppings; same delivery parameters as above.
 
If muskokachef responds before you accept, the bet is null and void.
 
So, how confident are you about that Oklahoma starting point?
 
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Re:going through Minnesota - Sun, 04/1/12 8:06 AM
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Here's a place just over the bridge from Duluth in Superior,Wisconsin. Anchor Bar, located at 413 Tower Ave., has one mean hamburger and fries.
If you're are driving from Canada and coming into the U.S. on highway 61 along Lake Superior this is a must stop, do not pass.The Naniboujou Lodge North of Grand Marais is a must stop just to see it' They do serve food but can't tell you much about it. But check it out on the internet.
Grand Marais has a lot of good eating places and a nice places to stay along the lake.
I don't know your route across Minnesota but if you're anywhere close to Crosby, Minnesota this is a must stop for any meal, 131 West Kitchen & Cafe.
This is all I can help you with at this time witha travel route.
Enjoy and have a safe Travel
Birdhunter from Wisconsin
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Re:going through Minnesota - Sun, 04/1/12 9:21 AM
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Birdhunter


Here's a place just over the bridge from Duluth in Superior,Wisconsin. Anchor Bar, located at 413 Tower Ave., has one mean hamburger and fries.


 
Saw Anchor Bar on Triple D after we ate there, dive bar, which is what we like, and the burger was great.
 
Also, Gordys High Hat very good burgers
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Re:going through Minnesota - Sun, 04/1/12 11:13 AM
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You would be remiss not to take the side trip up Minnesota's Lake Superior North Shore after driving so far.
 
Minnesota North Shore Foods and Scenery
 
But if you get no farther north than Duluth, then At Sara's Table Chester Creek Cafe is your best stop.

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Re:going through Minnesota - Sun, 04/1/12 12:10 PM
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If you do go through Bemidji I strongly recommend a stop at 
Cabin Coffee House
http://www.cabincoffeehouse.com/
 
More than just a coffee house, with a Minnesota North Woods Lodge atmosphere, they serve up Minnesota style comfort food and a wide selection of pastries 

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Re:going through Minnesota - Sun, 04/1/12 10:30 PM
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Another Triple D recommendation, Duluth Grill, I had the pleasure of eating there last summer and it was truly one of the best meals I've ever eaten.

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Re:going through Minnesota - Mon, 04/2/12 9:02 AM
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A lot of good places in Duluth.
 
One random one I'll mention because it left an impression: Fitger's Brewhouse.  I often like to stop at brewpubs when traveling, and I rather liked the beer at Fitger's (they have an outstanding oatmeal stout).  But what I remember was ordering a pub burger (burger with ith sauteed mushrooms, onions, Swiss cheese and our chipotle pepper sauce), and having the waitress tell me "You know, you really should try the vegetarian burger, it's actually better."  Wait, what?  Never had that happen before, but I did order the vegetarian burger instead.  And didn't regret it.  It was rather unique, with a blend local wild rice, regular rice, spices, and a few other things, and was one of the most outstanding vegetarian burgers I've ever had.  Served up with their chipotle pepper sauce, to this day it was the only vegetarian burger I've ever had that really could stand up well on it's own merits.

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Re:going through Minnesota - Mon, 04/2/12 11:07 AM
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Buddy, you're on. I'm guessing you're right, but I need an excuse to head up to Bucyrus. Considering my schedule, which includes trips to Connecticut, Mississippi, Missouri and Oklahoma, I'm pretty sure I can't make it to Wisconsin in May.  

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Re:going through Minnesota - Mon, 04/2/12 1:14 PM
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If traveling through the Upper Peninsula near the Wisconsin border, stop in Presque Isle (WI or MI, the city is in both states), and go to the P.I. Pub for any type of sandwich.  Also great pizza.

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Re:going through Minnesota - Mon, 04/2/12 2:22 PM
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Michael Hoffman

Buddy, you're on. I'm guessing you're right, but I need an excuse to head up to Bucyrus. Considering my schedule, which includes trips to Connecticut, Mississippi, Missouri and Oklahoma, I'm pretty sure I can't make it to Wisconsin in May.  

Okay, muskokachef, you've got your responses.  Now it's time to settle a bet: Are you starting from Oklahoma or Ontario?  There's a lot riding on this so don't disappoint.
 
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Re:going through Minnesota - Tue, 04/3/12 11:50 AM
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well BuddyRoadhouse; it seems that you are the winner as we are leaving from Huntsville Ontario
It is rather funny that after getting a bit of being taken to task for not doing any research(not true but off topic) there are a slew of responses! Both my wife and self are no holds barred eaters and have a great disdain for any large chain style slop.
If there is anyone out there that can include Canada as a place to go for a drive you would find quite an assortment of great food as well as great drives.
Hope that you enjoy your sausages

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Re:going through Minnesota - Tue, 04/3/12 1:57 PM
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My annual business travels used to make me a semi-regular visitor to Mr. Hoffman's neck of the woods.  But seeing as how I've been cutting back on those roadtrips the last couple years, and since Michael Hoffman doesn't get to the Chicago/Milwaukee area all that often, it's not likely I'll see those brats anytime soon.  However, given the seeming "new lease on life" exhibited by Gahanna, Ohio's most prominent citizen, I suppose anything is possible.
 
Philosophically though, sometimes just being right is its own reward.
 
Meanwhile, you haven't said whether or not you need those Twin Cities recommendations.
 
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Re:going through Minnesota - Tue, 04/3/12 2:29 PM
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Oh, Buddy ...
 
I just shipped some cappelletti overnight to Anchorage. I think it might be possible to get FedEx to make the overnight trek to Illinois with some Bucyrus bratwurst.
 
I was thinking about crashing Smoke Day with lleechef, but considering upcoming roadtrips to Connecticut, Mississippi, Missouri and Oklahoma it doesn't look like a possibility.

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Re:going through Minnesota - Tue, 04/3/12 2:55 PM
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Archie's Waeside is a MUST.  Best steak and Iowa pork chop I ever ate. 
Bob's Cafe in Sioux Falls does have killer broasted chicken, too! 

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Re:going through Minnesota - Tue, 04/3/12 5:25 PM
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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?

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Re:going through Minnesota - Tue, 04/3/12 5:55 PM
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Michael Hoffman


I was thinking about crashing Smoke Day with lleechef, but considering upcoming roadtrips to Connecticut, Mississippi, Missouri and Oklahoma it doesn't look like a possibility. 

 
You forgot Rhode Island

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Re:going through Minnesota - Tue, 04/3/12 8:09 PM
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I didn't forget Rhode Island. It's just the tiny eastern portion of Connecticut.

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Re:going through Minnesota - Tue, 04/3/12 10:26 PM
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Michael Hoffman


I didn't forget Rhode Island. It's just the tiny eastern portion of Connecticut.

 
Gee, and everyone I know back in NY thought it was a neighborhood somewhere in Boston. 

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Re:going through Minnesota - Tue, 04/3/12 10:35 PM
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Davydd

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?

Too bad you're not going in December, they'd be good and frozen for the ride home.
 
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Re:going through Minnesota - Tue, 04/3/12 10:40 PM
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Michael Hoffman


Oh, Buddy ...

I just shipped some cappelletti overnight to Anchorage. I think it might be possible to get FedEx to make the overnight trek to Illinois with some Bucyrus bratwurst.

Michael, although I won the bet fair and square, and while I'm not one to turn down free food, especially good brats, I'm not the kinda guy who would impose the FedEx expense on you to overnight ship them to Chicago.
 
If you insist on sending them, I will PM you with my address.  I promise to freeze them until the end of May, and share them with my fellow Contingent members at SmokeFestDayPie.
 
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Re:going through Minnesota - Wed, 04/4/12 12:50 AM
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Muskokachef STILL hasn't given  us his planned route with towns, etc. C'mon Musko, spit it out!

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Re:going through Minnesota - Wed, 04/4/12 8:25 AM
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Buddy, go ahead and PM me. I should have gotten those brats to you last time. They sat in my freezer for a long time before I went ahead and cooked them up. I'll vaccuum seal and freeze them before shipping.

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Re:going through Minnesota - Thu, 04/5/12 11:38 AM
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the itinerary is as follows; after crossing the border at Sault Ste Marie, we will head to Marquette for a stop. The next day is a whole hearted dash to the west-need to be in Calgary by 10 pm! we will be going by S. Paul, heading north to Fargo and then west to Billings, at which point we will turn north towards Calgary and further points in the province.
  We are expecting to do the westward portion, from Marquette to Calgary, in about 18 hours-I know crazy!!but we have to be there in a timely fashion.
The drive back is where we will be imbibing in all of the glories of the Mid west where we are giving yourselves 4 days to return; perhaps not going through Marquette on the return but through Detroit.

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Re:going through Minnesota - Thu, 04/5/12 4:05 PM
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If you are making a mad dash from Marquette, MI to Calgary I don't know why you would dip all the way down to St. Paul, MN and I-94. That is quite a bit out of the way in distance and time and not near as scenic as driving across US 2 in northern Minnesota and Wisconsin. Besides, if you want to go through Detroit then you would be going through Minneapolis/St. Paul and Chicago on your return.

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Re:going through Minnesota - Thu, 04/5/12 5:41 PM
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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 - Fri, 04/6/12 11:01 AM
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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 - Tue, 04/17/12 2:05 PM
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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 - Thu, 04/19/12 10:17 AM
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Davydd
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.
 
Buddy
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 - Thu, 04/19/12 3:21 PM
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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?
 
Buddy

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Re:going through Minnesota - Fri, 04/20/12 9:46 AM
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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 - Fri, 04/20/12 8:27 PM
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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 - Sat, 04/21/12 4:47 PM
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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 - Sun, 04/22/12 2:53 AM
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BuddyRoadhouse

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 - Sun, 04/22/12 2:14 PM
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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 - Mon, 04/23/12 10:22 AM
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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 - Mon, 04/23/12 12:00 PM
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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.
 
Buddy