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brats vs hot dogs

post #1 of 15
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ok thinking about making my first attempt at brats and wondering what is really the differnce between brats and hot dogs.  what makes a brat a brat and not a hot dog?  (or sausage for that matter)

 

is it that hot dogs are made of meat that is gound much finer?

is it that hot dogs are pre-cooked and brats are not?

it it a type of spice package that makes them brats?

 

hopefully some of you more expereinced folks can tell me...

 

thanks

 

dalton

 

post #2 of 15

You pretty much nailed it. Brats (Wisconsin style) are made from pork and veal I believe (or just pork shoulder) and are emulsified. Marjoram and nutmeg, among other spices are added to give a distinct flavor profile. German bratwurst from what I understand are less finely ground. Either can be steamed, poached, smoked or grilled depending on what you're going for. I've seen them in stores either fresh or cooked. Hot dogs are pretty much dealer's choice. Any meat can be used, though it's usually emulsified and the resulting sausages are smoked or par cooked in some fashion. I've made Bratwurst (albeit somewhat badly) and various other sausages, but never tried hot dogs.

All are sausages. Brats are a type of Bratwurst and hotdogs are another type of sausage.

Those more in the know may prove me completely wrong, but this is my understanding.

post #3 of 15

hey dalton...... slow down ,step back  and take a breath........ hot dogs and brats r two totally different types of sausages.....  Its like whats the difference in kielbasa and italian sausage...........  a hot dog is not a brat and a brat is not a hot dog..... if you had some that tasted the same then you either havent had a good hot dog or a good brat......... do a search on brat recipes and hot dog recipes and you'll find some awesome ones and make them and you'll know what the difference is.......................and dont forget the q-veiw.......icon14.gif

 

Joe

post #4 of 15

All of the above.  Yes, it is all sausage, but the term sausage covers a heckuva lot of ground.

 

A good place to browse:

 

http://lpoli.50webs.com/Sausage%20recipes.htm

 

Good luck and good smoking.

post #5 of 15



 

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Originally Posted by dalton View Post

 what makes a brat a brat and not a hot dog?  (or sausage for that matter)

They are both sausages, anything stuffed in a tube is a sausage for me

 

is it that hot dogs are made of meat that is gound much finer?

A hot dog is emulsified to a paste and brats are ground meat. So yes.

is it that hot dogs are pre-cooked and brats are not?

Well yes and no. you can have pre cooked dogs and precooked brats, and vise versa.

but the main difference is dogs are always cured with nitrite and brats are always a fresh sausage

 

it it a type of spice package that makes them brats?

The spices always makes the sausage what it is....there are hundreds of different sausages out there with hundreds of variations of spices for each named sausage. it all comes down to what you like.

That being said each sausage has a basic recipe that needs to be followed to make it what it is. then You tweak it from there.

 

hopefully some of you more expereinced folks can tell me...

 

thanks

 

dalton

 



I hope this helps answer some questions you had, feel free to ask when ever you want.

 

 


Edited by DanMcG - 8/19/11 at 2:03am
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I hope this helps answer some questions you had, feel free to ask when ever you want.

 

 




well answered again Dan..... I'm not good with words......... but everything you say, I am in awe..........................

post #7 of 15

dan the man to the rescue..........again.

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dan the man to the rescue..........again.



That is why I love this place 

post #9 of 15

Dan said it all!

post #10 of 15

Or, in my book.....(few pages I know, but thanks to this site....more are always being added)  Brats rule the roost.  Maybe it was the 3 years of eating education I got in Germany, in the 70's, while working for Uncle Sam's Flying Club that caused me to gain so much weight, but dang, the Germans know how to make and cook Brats.  Dang, now you've made go and get hungry for some Brats on the Grill for lunch today, if not for breakfast.......let's see, bacon and brats, couple of  eggs on the side........oh, and some of those hash browns........

post #11 of 15
Thread Starter 

since I have not done any hot dogs or brats yet the brats seem a little easier because you don't have to grind it into a paste!!

 

I will give it a try this weekend and try and post my results...

 

 

thanks for all the input!!!   I love this place!!!

 

post #12 of 15

Good luck with the brats and don't forget to post some pic's.!

 

And hot dogs can be made without  turning the meat to paste, just run them through the smallest plate ya got 2 or 3 times. It'll be real close to a emulsified one. That's what I do most of the time.

 

For comparison here's my emulsified meat;

http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/t/105244/wiener-makin

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and here is the double grind;

http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/t/103383/hot-dogs/20

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post #13 of 15

Well Dan got it covered so Beating_A_Dead_Horse_by_livius.gif.  Just an confession:  I have made lots of Brats but never dogs.  It is a mental thing and the wife just dosnt like dogs anyway.  Ya I know I can make a better dog than the commercial store bought but with the effort it takes to make sausage of any kind I just cant bring myself to do it.  OK I feel better for clearing my sausage soul!   

post #14 of 15

Looks like Dan covered all you wanted to know.

 

Don't forget the qview!

Bear

post #15 of 15
Thread Starter 

thanks all!!

 

I appreciate the input

 

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