Which Brat to choose?
Im not very experienced at buying brats, but I love eating them :)
I recently went to Schaller & Weber and asked for 4 Brats. I was given many options...cooked, uncooked, smoked, etc. In looking at the Schaller & Weber website, they suggest that both cooked and uncooked sausage can be prepared in the same manner...by placing them in a pan of water and simmering for 5 to 10 minutes.
So, given that the preparation is the same, what reason is there to choose cooked vs. uncooked or smoked? Im guessing smoked has a different flavor, but you get my point.
I don't think simmering for 5 mins. would completely cook a brat. We usually simmer in beer for 10 mins. or so, and then grill. If it's precooked, we just grill. I agree that the uncooked tastes much better. I'm really not sure about the smoked, except to say that I haven't really noticed those in Wisconsin.
I think someone placed the hotdog cooking instructions on the brat page.
As a purist I see no reason to buy a pre-cooked brat on moral grounds and the one or two I've had didn't seem to taste like brats. Perhaps this brand of sausage taste the same uncooked or pre-cooked. As for simmering an uncooked brat for 5-10 minutes, I would expect it to still be underdone in the middle. But maybe not, I'm a grilled brat guy more than a beer brat guy.