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Old 06-23-2020, 03:06 PM   #1
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Bratwurst or Italian sausage?

When grilling “bratwurst” I like to substitute mild Italian sausage. My guests tell me that they are the best brats they have ever had. I just tell them that I have a secret. Here in Wisconsin we DO put ketchup (and kraut) on them. I also have the optional Wisconsin brat holder on all my vehicles.
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Old 06-23-2020, 04:14 PM   #2
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We make homemade brats and spicy Italian sausage (Patties & stuffed in hog casings) for grilling
We find that the preference is split about 50/50
We DO NOT serve ketchup on brats or Italian sausage only on kid’s hotdogs and french fries .


PS; From your post I would surmise that you live in the Madison Wisconsin area ?
We live on the North side of Hwy 8
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“never stand behind a sneezing cow”

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PS; From your post I would surmise that you live in the Madison Wisconsin area ?
We live on the North side of Hwy 8
No but I am north of state 29. If you are north of 8 you know the slogan “never stand behind a sneezing cow”. I like my ketchup but use “no salt” ketchup and NEVER on eggs.
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No but I am north of state 29. If you are north of 8 you know the slogan “never stand behind a sneezing cow”. I like my ketchup but use “no salt” ketchup and NEVER on eggs.
My wife and I are planning a trip to an area South of Hwy 29 this Summer A lot depends on the weather , you know how hot Southern Wisconsin gets in July
We try to go North in the Summer , we really enjoy the UP of Michigan or the shores of Lake Superior
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Make me 2 of each. Yum!
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Brats simmered in beer and onions then lightly grilled. Served with home made sauerkraut and baked beans, Heaven on a bun. Perfume in the air.
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Although I do enjoy Wisconsin beer Brats a lot, I still prefer the real German Bratwurst with German Brown Mustard, Sauerkraut, Spaetzle and cucumber salad. Yum! Yum! Drooling just thinking about it.
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I live in Toronto and get my brats from the local deli "Brandt" and like them best barbecued and served with marinated red cabbage and home fried potatoes and Dijon mustard.
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I'm with Alex on the brats but I do have a slight preference for italian. Ketchup? Reserved for hot dogs which I don't eat. Love brown, seeded mustard.

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Make me 2 of each. Yum!
Every year (until now) I host a ham radio camp out on the boondocking lot. I make a brat bath with beef broth and onions along with a few peppers for color. This lets people graze as the night goes on. I fill it with mild and spicy Italian along with Hebrew National hot dogs. The beans are in the Dutch oven and potatoe (Dan Quayle spelling) salad is on ice. I keep lots of Chippewa Springs (they are 10 miles away) water on ice and there is always a half dozen SILVER SPRINGS mustard ready to go. SILVER SPRINGS is just down the road from the lot. https://www.silverspringfoods.com/pr...ialty-mustards
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Yum again. Let me know next year and I'll bring the mustard.

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I am probably a bit slow, it has only dawned in recent times that people refer to sausages whether German-style bratwurst, weisswurst, or knackwurst and Italian sausages (and others )as " brats". I always thought " brats were naughty children. Really calling sausages " brats" is calling them " fries"....but "Fries" are potatoes !! I don't think any Italians refer to their Italian-style sausages as bratwurst....... brat is fry and wurst is sausage .......bratwurst requires mustard ..... really Dusseldorf mustard .....
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Knackwurst is another delicious sausage in Germany. Unfortunately any I've ever had in the US are really just oversized hot dogs and not worth a good mustard.

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When grilling “bratwurst” I like to substitute mild Italian sausage. My guests tell me that they are the best brats they have ever had. I just tell them that I have a secret. Here in Wisconsin we DO put ketchup (and kraut) on them. I also have the optional Wisconsin brat holder on all my vehicles.

To me an Italian sausage is just that, Italian sausage. They have fennel seeds, and can be hot or sweet. Bratwurst is something different, and so is knockwurst. Andouille is yet another. But, of course that's just my own personal opnion.


Also, you have a sausage in your taco carrying compartment. *shrug*
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Beyond meat "hot Italian" for thee win.
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Beyond meat "hot Italian" for thee win.
Sacrilege! Heresy!
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Beyond meat "hot Italian" for thee win.
That’s not sausage , that’s imitation dog food disguised as people food .
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When grilling “bratwurst” I like to substitute mild Italian sausage. My guests tell me that they are the best brats they have ever had. I just tell them that I have a secret. Here in Wisconsin we DO put ketchup (and kraut) on them. I also have the optional Wisconsin brat holder on all my vehicles.
Hi: ACOGV... IMHO they really need fried onions too!!!
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I use onions on my brat ( Fried & Raw ) but not too cover up the taste of Ketchup . When we serve Brats / Hot dogs ,we serve them with 3 or 4 different kinds of mustard and NO KETCHUP .
To me ketchup on a brat is a sacrilege, just like putting ketchup on a nice rare slab of prime rib
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