First Run of Brats

Discussion in 'Sausage' started by dutch, Jan 3, 2012.

  1. dutch

    dutch Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Well Santa brought me a 5 lb. vertical stuffer from Northern Tool for Christmas this year and last night my son and me put the finishing touches on some Brats. Our first run of sausage links was some Chicken Slouvaki Sausage=the recipe is still in the development stage and when I get it to where I like it, I'll post it up.

    The recipe use was BigWheel's Lonesome Yankee Bratwurst-any special reason you ask? Nope, it was just on the top of my Bratwurst "Gotta Do" list.

    Any-hoo, I had about 6 1/2 pounds of pork trimming from all the ribs I smoked this past Summer and with some additional pork fat from my local Mexican Market, I was ready to go.

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    Everything was ran through my KitchenAid grinder attachment and my spices added to the mix and mixed in by hand.

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    Meat mixture covered with plastic wrap and ready to go into the fridge.

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    The following day we got the stuffer set up and we're making some Brats!!

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    Mikey my youngest son (at 19) making links for the first time!!

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    Some of Mikey's handiwork

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    And our secret ingredient for our personal batch - habaneros!

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    Our habanero links

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    All said and done, we ended up with 35 regular Brat links and 5 of the habanero links.

    We cooked up the hab sausage that didn't come through the stuffer-and as Mikey was sampling his half of the sausage patty he said "Dad-we made a mistake!!" As I was scratching my head wondering what mistake we made, Mikey said "Dang-this is sooo good, we only did 1 pound. We gotta do a 5 lb batch of Hab Brats next time"!

    Yep, I agree-the lad's after meown heart!

    Thanks for looking!
     
    Last edited: Jan 4, 2012
  2. bmudd14474

    bmudd14474 Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    That looks pretty dang good Dutch. Good job
     
  3. jp61

    jp61 Master of the Pit ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Nice job! [​IMG]
     
  4. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Hard to tell?

    Links look great.  Just looking at the links, fat to lean looks good?

    Guess we will just have to wait?

    Habaneros scare me.  Let us know about that.  LOL

    Good luck and good smoking.
     
  5. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

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    Very nice there Dutch
     
  6. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    Looks great [​IMG]
     
  7. sprky

    sprky Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    [​IMG]. 2 habs in 5 links wow bet them got some [​IMG]
     
  8. dutch

    dutch Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks guys, these turned out better that we expected.

    @Venture and sprky- the sample we cooked up from the bottom of the stuffer and out of the tube tasted pretty darn good. The heat was just right. But then again I make my own Habanero/Chipotle hot sauce and use it just about every day.
     
    Last edited: Jan 3, 2012
  9. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looking good Dutch. Mikey is right more Habs
     
  10. couger78

    couger78 Smoking Fanatic

    Very nice job on those Hab Brats!

    Next thing you know, you'll be making Ghost-Pepper Brats!

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    —Kevin
     
  11. jrod62

    jrod62 Smoking Guru Group Lead OTBS Member

    they look great !!!!!
     
  12. dutch

    dutch Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thank again- everyone!

    @ Kevin-About those Ghost-Pepper Brats- I'm not thinking so. I'm not THAT crazy. . .yet!
     
  13. luke71

    luke71 Newbie

    awesome looking brats Dutch!!!!!!!!!! nicely done
     
  14. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Dutch, the Brat look great...Congrats on the new toy...JJ
     
  15. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Nice job Dutch! The brats look great! We make hot Italian sausage all the time, next time I'm going to throw a couple of peppers in the mix. Great idea.
     
  16. fpnmf

    fpnmf Smoking Guru OTBS Member

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    Looking good!!

    Guess your looking at grinders now...

    Craig
     
  17. danmcg

    danmcg Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Congrats on the new stuffer Dutch, the brats look great!
     
  18. boykjo

    boykjo Sausage maker Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    x2
     
  19. Nice looking brats. Do you buy spares all the time and make BBs out of them and save all the trimmings from that? Sounds like it would make great sausage.
     
  20. big twig

    big twig Smoking Fanatic

    I love Brats and yours look awesome! Thanks for sharing! [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Jan 5, 2012

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