Brian Makes Bratwurst

Discussion in 'Sausage' started by bdskelly, Feb 16, 2014.

  1. bdskelly

    bdskelly Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    WhooWee The first 6 weeks of the year have been tough.  The job has kept me hopping from city to city (14 flights in the last 6 weeks!) That hasn't left much free time for cooking.  Fortunately most of the planes are now equipped with WiFi so I can live vicariously though all the great posts on SMF while racking up fanny time to my next destination!

    In addition Ive been doing a good amount of studying on the forum about sausage making.  You see, I've been real  antsy to use that new stuffer I received for Christmas. 

    Well today was the day I decided I was going to do it.  After a good amount of reading I chose bratwursts because they seemed the most straight forward.

    This is my first attempt at making sausage.  So no laughing.  And those of you know who I'm talking to!  LOL

    The Recipe I used is a variation of the "Wisconsin Brats" found on this site with just a few Additions and Changes. 
    • 10 pounds pork shoulder (deboned weight), cut into 1-inch cubes and stored in the freezer for 30 minutes
    • 6 tablespoons kosher salt
    • 2 tablespoon sugar
    • 3 teaspoons grated nutmeg
    • 1 teaspoon coriander
    • 1 teaspoon celery seed
    • 2 teaspoons ground black pepper
    • 2 teaspoons ground white pepper
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground marjoram
    • 3 teaspoons dried ginger
    • 2 teaspoons paprika
    • 1 cup of dry evaporated milk powder
    • 2 egg whites
    • 1 ½ cup ice water. 
    With the Shoulders deboned we can then get to the fun part. 


    The pork was cubed  into 1 inch pieces and then tossed into the freezer for about 30 minutes.  This helps with the grinding process. Using the medium grinder disc. 


    All of the dry ingredients are added to the ground pork and mixed well by hand.


    The pork then goes in for a second grind to ensure the product is mixed well.


    Adding the 2 egg whites and ice water. Hand mixing to a smooth constancy before loading into the press. 


    With the sausage pressed into the hog casing I took a toothpick and popped a few air bubbles. 

    Slinging Weenies. I pinch the sausage to bun length and give them a quick flip forward and then an alternating flip backward to make my links. 


    I used kitchen shears to cut the links and then poked them in the freezer.  

    .....But I did save 6 of these babies for dinner tonight!

    Thanks for viewing friends.  Enjoy the rest of your Sunday. 

    Brian
     
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  2. Looking mighty fine!
     
  3. looks good ........ I love brats
     
  4. reinhard

    reinhard Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Brian does a good job!!! Nice looking links!! Reinhard
     
  5. java

    java Smoking Fanatic

    nice looking brats Brian
     
  6. bdskelly

    bdskelly Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks Java. Not bad for a first try I think... 
    I appreciate the kind words Reinhard! 
    Thanks VooDoo. Me Too! 
    Thank you.  And welcome to he forum! b
     
  7. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    They look great to me. However, I would be happy to do a taste test, just to help you out.

    I suspect you will get hooked and will be making many more sausages. They taste so much better than commercial ones.

    Disco
     
  8. bdskelly

    bdskelly Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    My friend.. you know if I could tellport a few up to you I would.  

    I can tell you that making them was an absolute blast.  I hope my seasoning was a good one.  Right now I'm chopping some onion. A few of these bad boys are scheduled for a sit in a beer and onion hot tub and then a roll across the grill!

    b
     
  9. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    You will enjoy that! Dang, now I want a bratwurst.

    Disco
     
  10. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Lookin good my man........ Did you get some curved buns at the grocery store?

    You know when you are the boss salesman you can afford hot tubs fulla beer. Just don't let 'em catch you taking those free beers from first class off in your bags!

    So are they ready yet?

    Disco Party in Texas tonight!! Bring your boots!
     
  11. woodcutter

    woodcutter Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Nice job on the brats. I can do the flip thing if someone is standing over me. The next time when I'm alone the magic is gone.
     
  12. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    BD...... Great looking brats.... :thumb1:
     
  13. bdskelly

    bdskelly Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I'm telling ya.  You are on to something with the curved buns.  Great idea! The only thing is some brats are curved left... And the others are curved to the right.   You you'd have to make both. 

    You know how to get to be the boss salesman right?  ....By being past my prime to the point I could no longer sell whiskey on a troop train. All I do now is fly around wearing a cheap sport coat and try to stay out of the REAL salesmen's way. 

    Just gussying up the sauerkraut now .  Wont be long.

    Thanks for the kind words Kev.

    b
     
  14. bdskelly

    bdskelly Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Dave,  Evening.  And thanks so much.  Were gonna bite into one in an hour or so   Hope those seasonings worked out. 
    Thanks T!  The flip thing is as easy as jumping rope.   Only more fun.
     
  15. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    You are of course referring to the exclusive "Herb Tarleck Collection" sold exclusively at K-Mart, aisle 14, next to the mix and match white belt and shoes. 
     
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  16. bdskelly

    bdskelly Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Yes... That would be the one.  LOL

     
  17. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Yes, but I prefer  the red double knit plaid bell bottoms with the blue seersucker sports coat.

    Can't BS a born BS'er, first liar never stands a chance! ROFLMAO
     
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  18. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Looks good Brian.

    I have a grinder and stuffer, I need to get into sausage making.
     
  19. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    You know that jacket should have an epileptic seizure warning sewn in  
     
  20. bdskelly

    bdskelly Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Okay folks.  The Brats simmered in the beer and onion jacuzzi for 15 minutes to get the IT to 165.  I then tossed them on the grill to crisp them up a bit. And then back into the beer. 

    Dinner is served.

    Night ya'll

    b

     
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