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Yes, you can buy bratwurst and all kinds of specialty sausages at the store now. But if you've ever been curious what it would be like to make your own sausage from scratch, here's an opportunity. metropolitan area, shares his recipe for bratwurst.
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- 4 pounds pork shoulder, medium dice
- 1 pound back fat, medium dice
- 3 tablespoons salt
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 ½ teaspoons nutmeg
- ½ teaspoon coriander
- ¼ teaspoon celery seed
- 2 teaspoons black pepper
- 1 teaspoon fresh sage, chopped
- ½ teaspoon fresh ginger, chopped
- 1 quart ale
- Natural sausage casings
- Beer, for poaching
Combine all the ingredients except for the casings and the beer in a large, airtight container, mix well, and place in the refrigerator. Marinate overnight.
The next day, submerge all of the meat grinder parts in an ice bath. It is important that all of the components are ice cold, so that the meat will grind properly.
Soak the casings in warm water for 30 minutes, and clean them. Soak the casings in warm water for 30 minutes, and clean them. To clean them, unfurl all of the casings and stack them on a work surface. Take a large bowl and fill it halfway with water. Working over the sink, take each casing and flush it gently with water. Remove all air and water from each casing, and drape each casing over the edge of the bowl, so that half of each casing is in the water and the other half is hanging over the edge. This will keep them from getting tangled up.
Just before grinding the meat, assemble the meat grinder according to the manufacturer's instructions. Prepare 2 ice baths. You will need 2 bowls, each set over another bowl filled with ice water (4 bowls total). Place 1 ice bath in front of the meat grinder to catch the ground meat. Transfer the meat from the refrigerator into the other ice bath. Activate the meat grinder and grind the meat a few small chunks at a time, making sure to use the provided plunger (never your hands!).
Next, assemble the sausage maker according to the manufacturer's instructions. Fit the casings over the attachment and stuff the meat into the casings. Pinch each casing where you want the link to end, and twist. Repeat.
To serve, poach the bratwurst in enough beer to cover over medium heat until cooked through (the internal temperature should read 160 degrees).
Here's How to Make the Ultimate NFL Game Day Beer Brats
There&aposs nothing wrong with cooking brats on the grill, but thisr-poached bratwurst recipe will upgrade your next sausage party to the next level.
The recipe comes courtesy of Thomas Boemer, head chef at Minneapolis eateries Revival and Corner Table. Along with fellow culinary stars Bobby Flay and Adam Richman, Boemer has partnered with Taste of the NFL, a non-profit that has raised more than $25 million to wipe out hunger across America.
Cook up the ultimate game day beer brats by following these instructions below. You&aposre welcome.
- 2 each large yellow onion, thinly sliced
- 3 cloves garlic, crushed
- 2 tablespoon brown sugar
- 2 cups sauerkraut drained
- 1 cup sauerkraut brine
- 16 oz. beer
- 12 each bratwurst (Tip: Look for a fresh bratwurst, not pre-cooked)
- 12 each bratwurst buns
- 1 jar hot mustard
- Fresh grated horseradish
1. Combine onion, garlic, brown sugar, sauerkraut, sauerkraut brine and beer in large roasting pan or Dutch oven.
Wisconsin Beer Brats
- Author: Krista
- Prep Time: 5 mins
- Cook Time: 45 mins
- Total Time: 50 mins
- Yield: 10 brats 1 x
- Category: Beef, Grilling Recipes
- 10 Johnsonville Original Brats
- 24 oz . of Favorite Beer
- 1 large onion, quartered
- 10 hotdog buns
- Put Johnsonville Original Brats in a large saucepan.
- Pour Beer over the Brats. .
- Add onion cut into quarters to the pot with beer and brats.
- Cover and bring to a boil, turn heat back to medium and cook for 30 minutes.
- Heat grill to medium high heat.
- Remove brats from sauce pan and put on grill.
- Grill brats until browned on all sides, approximately 10 minutes.
- Serve with a toasted hotdog bun and whatever condiments you choose.
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Some commercial bratwurst comes precooked. For these sausages, place them from the refrigerator into a pot of water that is at the poaching stage and cover the pot. Because the wursts are precooked, all you need to do is heat them all the way through. Depending on the size of the bratwurst, heating takes from 3 to 4 minutes.
Fresh bratwurst is red and looks like the raw pork and veal that it contains. Poach fresh bratwurst 8 to 10 minutes, or until it reaches 160 degrees Fahrenheit on an instant read thermometer. You'll also know it's cooked if the juices run clear when you lift it up and pierce the casing with a knife. Or, to be on the safe side, take the bratwurst out of the pot, cut a good-sized slit in the sausage and make sure that the meat is completely gray and no longer pink at all.
Cooking with Kyle: Beer Bratwurst made easy
OKLAHOMA CITY- There is a great debate regarding beer poached bratwurst – Kyle says this is his preferred method. Added bonus – once off the grill, keep them warm in the hot beer/onion/fennel mixture.
Bratwurst – uncooked, 5 or 6 sausages
1 bottle beer – use something with some weight. Nothing too light or skunky.
1/2 large onion, sliced and then quartered.
2 t fennel seed
Preheat grill to medium heat. (Note that the brats are actually cooked in the beer – grilling is to add flavor and slightly caramelize the outside. Grilling is technically optional) In a 9” pot, place bratwurst.
Pour beer over add onion and fennel seed.
Bring to a boil, then reduce to a hearty simmer.
Place brats on grill – roughly 5 minutes per side or until golden and slightly crisp.
Serve immediately – You can use the onion from the simmering mixture, If holding for later use, return brats to beer mixture and keep warm until use.
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I did my recipe a little different, I browned some onion and the italian sausage in a little bacon grease and then I added the beer and water and let them simmer for about an hour and then grilled them. I didnt think to marinate them in the beer like some of the comments on here so I might try that next time.
Very easy to follow recipe. I parboiled sweet Italian sausage with Harpoon Summer Beer and Onions. It was a big hit with my family prior to watching Sunday football.
Yum! Very tasty and easy. I took the advise of others and marinated the sausage in the beer (Blue Moon) for an hour in a sealable bag. I used my George Forman grill - 6 minutes total. Loved the carmalized onions! I added some red pepper flakes to the onion. what a nice zing to the sweetness. Wish I cut up more onion. I will make this again with a dark beer.
This was a great new way to do bratwurst. One word of caution. the idea for carmelizing the onions is a great one, but I made the mistake of reducing the beer and it turned very bitter (had never done this with beer before, duh). So next time I will remove the onions, toss the beer, and carmelize them on their own in a pan. Subtle beer flavor but not at all overwhelming. A great combo.
Being a girl from Sheboygan Wisconson (the home of Johnsonville Brats) and currently living in Milwaukee (the home of Miller Brewing), this is a staple in our household. Many a party and tailgate is started with Johnsonville's boiling in beer, kraut, onions and butter. Who knew it was epicurious quality?
Kind of a waste of a good beer. I followed the recipe exactly - did not marinate it or caramelize the onions. I use hot Italian sausages. It tasted exactly as if they had been just grilled.
Definitely marinate and poach the sausage (I used venison) in good beer--the darker, the better. Save the onions (and garlic and pepper if you're using them I used red pepper flakes) and carmelize them. I served my brats (and the onions, etc)over pasta and made a mustard cream sauce. Would do the same thing to serve on rolls.
I was reading this recipe and I thought, really tasty, but then I came to this line:'Poaching is optional and not every grill jockey does it'. Eeehh. If you do not poach them, what about the flavour of the beer and onions? Then they're just grilled sausages. Come on.
I absolutely LOVED this recipe! We marinated the brats in Sam Adams for an hour, carmalized the onions (the best part) and used good, spicy mustard.
I made this for a 4th of July BBQ. Poached the brats the night before in Newcastle, bagged the onions and brats separately for easy grilling the next day. We made approx 15# of brats, and everyone raved. Also made red cabbage which was a good addition. I would definitely carmelize or sautee the onions next time (post-poach), at least to give them some color. All in all very good!
Almost forgot-used guyere cheese and stoned ground mustard. Yummy!
Made this for hubby's "Beer CLub"(fancy name for guys who love to taste beers from around the world) -these guys are serious about great beer/food combos and these sausages were fabulous. Did marinate in the beer and served the onions that were poached with them. Did some open-faced on slabs of pumpernickel bread with cheese and sauerkraut and run under boiler-rest had brat buns. One guy bought real German tater salad. Memorable meal all around. Beer guys recommend using the Saranac(or any)Boch. Yum.
Excellent tip to caramelize the onions, thanks!
While grilling the sausages, I poured off the beer and, adding some oil and butter and some sugar, I caramelized the onions and served them with the sausages. Served it with sauerkraut with caraway.
Don't let the name fool you. I inherited this from a young nephew many years ago. I love making sausages on the grill and while I haven't tried this I know it will be fantastic. Poaching is a must! Re:Alcohol. A chef once told me, if you won't drink it, don't cook with it. Sorry Bud lovers. Today I found this and it will be part of my Super Bowl Party menu for 2006. I will have several types of sausages, mustard and various toppings. Ketchup, you gotta be kidding! Hot dog buns, NO,NO,NO! Come on, you can do better than that. ENJOY.
This is so easy and sooo tasty. Total Keeper
This is a great outdoor meal. I use Sam Adams beer and marinate the meat in beer for an hour or two before hand, then poach in the beer and onion mixture. cover sausages with olive oil, grill until crispy. Serve with saurkraut and grilled onions.
allright, here is the way this works the best. i marinated my sausages in about 20 oz olde english 800 (the maltier the better) with about 1 dozen garlic cloves (minced)and i habenero pepper (diced) for an hour. then i poached the brats in the liquid, then i grilled the brats over direct heat until they were suffciently browned on all sides. they tasted like heaven, if heaven is spicy, garlickly and malty all at sweet once.
Only had 8 oz. of beer on hand, but even with the weak poaching liquid, our brats turned out nicely. Next time we'll try the tip to marinate in beer before poaching.
I invited the girls for a cook-out, and decided to make this recipe..It turned out to be a collossal failure, the first time. I used "pre-cooked" brats instead of the un-cooked. When I removed the lid after the precribed time, the brat were split and in pieces. I persevered, however, and bought more brats and did it exactly as the recipe instructs. They were excellent. All was well, all was happy.
We made this with bratwurst on our range grill, it was really good. Though, I think it would be better on the outdoor grill. We didn't add water just poached in beer.
I've been doing something similar for years. A Wisconsin bar trick--poach the sausages ahead of time, cool in the liquid, grill as needed.
This recipe is fantastic and Oh-So-Easy! I usually serve it with Sourkraut (the refrigerated in the bag kind). I have made one adjustment (after making them many times over) and found that it really makes a difference in the flavor. I pour the beer/water mixture into a heavy zip-lock bag and put my sausages (with the pin pricks) inside to marinate for at least an hour or more in the refrigerator - just squeeze out any air before sealing. Then use the beer mixture from the bag when simmering, prior to grilling. You may need to double the liquid (I usually do).
Delicious and easy! I used more onions than the recipe called for, about 4 or 5 and sauteed them. I also used a dark beer and served the sauce along side garlic mashed potatoes. I will definitely make them again.
My husband and I decided that 2003 was going to be the year we invite both of our families over once a month. Thank goodness for Epicurious and your review or Iɽ be dead meat! This recipe was a hit! I used Italian sausage and served it along side a vegetarian lasagne roll-up, refreshing parm. and pear salad, and garlic bread. trying to meet all the vegan, veggie, fish, and meat eaters diets. Needless to say, Heineken, as usual complimented everyones' tastebuds and the beer that I chose to use for this recipe. Thank you for all of your help.
Bite Club: How to Make Beer-Poached Bratwursts
Food waste is a huge problem in America. People overbuy at the grocery story, they don’t plan meals properly, and food companies are incentivized to create high product turnover.
Beer waste is a huge problem in my own home. Friends bring over shitty beer that I don’t want to drink (especially during playoff season), leave it in the back of my fridge, and force me to either throw it out or begrudgingly chug it when I eventually move apartments. These problems aren’t quite identical, and I’ve only found a solution to the second one.
Fry batters, caramels, marinades — you can throw crappy beer in pretty much any recipe that requires liquid and the cat-piss flavor will cook right out of it. Problem solved: you reduced your contribution to global food waste and you cleared up room in the fridge.
Delicious as Natty Light pancakes might be, the best way to maximize your leftover beer utility is to go with the classic combo of alcohol and pork fat. So here’s how you beer-poach a bratwurst.
- Mustard Seeds
- Bay Leaves
- Chile de Arbol
- Garlic Cloves
Grab yourself a bunch of spices. These are your ticket into being able to tell people “I’m poaching these sausages” as opposed to “I’m inexplicably boiling a bunch of meat in beer.” It’s the little details that make the dish. Julia Child said that, probably.
I’m working with 1 tablespoon each mustard seeds, coriander, and whole black peppercorns, along with 3 garlic cloves, a shallot, 3 chiles de arbol, and some bay leaf. You got spicy, bitter, sweet, aromatic — all the things you want in your mouth. But don’t feel limited here really make this bucket of beer and sausage your canvas.
Heat a heavy-bottomed sauce pot on medium heat and toast your spices for 4 or 5 minutes until they’re smelling fragrant. Drop in your garlic and shallot if you’re fucking with that, then pour in 48 ounces of beer and 1 teaspoon of salt. Crank that pot to high and allow the beer to come to a boil, being careful to stir often so it doesn’t get all frothy and overflow. If it does, just turn off the flame and zamboni it off the range. That’s fair game.
Allow the beer to reduce by half, which should take you 10-15 minutes. This is going to let the alcohol burn off and give the spices a chance to open up and such. Crank the heat down to medium and throw six bratwursts into the beer. Let those sausages poach for about 15 minutes at a simmer, then take them out and let them dry on the cutting board.
In a separate sauté pan, heat up 2 tablespoons of oil on high heat, and sear off the sausages. This is going to allow some of the beer to caramelize on the outside and will get you that great roasty, charred flavor. After the sausages are seared off, finish them in the beer for another 5 or 6 minutes.
Throw them sausages in a bun with sauerkraut and mustard or make a lovely salad with a bed of sauteed onions and a dressing of beer and pork fat. Little pro tip: If you strain the poaching liquid into a bowl, you got yourself the ingredients for a gnarly sausage French dip.
How to Make It
Preheat grill to medium-high (about 450°F). Coat onion slice with cooking spray grill, uncovered, until charred and tender, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Transfer to a small bowl, and cover with plastic wrap. Let stand until fully tender, about 10 minutes. Keep grill hot.
Meanwhile, bring beer to a boil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high add corn, and return to a boil. Remove from heat cover and let stand until corn is mostly tender, 5 to 8 minutes. Drain.
Finely chop onion slice. Stir together onion, butter, mustard, salt, and pepper. Shape into a 4-inch log wrap in plastic wrap, and chill until ready to use.
Grill corn, uncovered, turning often, until charred and fully tender, 5 to 6 minutes. Drizzle hot corn with vinegar, and serve with butter mixture.