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I'll be going to Karl's this week to pick up some items for a Patriot's party. Any suggestions for things not to be missed? Thanks

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  1. all is Very Good here.
    i really like their rostawurst(sp) like i regular brat but a little coarser grind to the meaty goodness inside.
    i also like their house made liverwurst.

    1. I ditto ScubaSteve on the Rostbratwurst, though they're all good. I generally get all four of their brat varieties, including the very pale ones, which grill beautifully. I also usually get some of their excellent Italian sausages, speck, house-smoked bacon, liverwurst, a bunch of different little German mustards, pickles, cheese, breads, and rolls. It's a brilliant tailgating resource.

      1. Never been disappointed with anything i've purchased from Karl's. I love their liverwurst (the finer grind one). And a couple of their brats, with mustard and a beer, doesn't get much better than that.

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        1. re: jjbourgeois

          I don't know how I forgot, but the smoked pork chops are great too.

        2. Here's another vote for the rostbratwurst - it's my favorite of Karl's sausages. I'd also recommend picking up some of their excellent frankfurters (and get some of that black forest ham for lunch the next day).

          1. Italyfan, you have received some awesome recommendations from some of the best posters on the board...Scuba, MC, jj, and Kip have it spot on.
            We really like the bacon (never tried the 'double or triple smoked'?) and liverwurst, but haven't tried the Rostbratwurst....
            What is Rostbratwurst? Not exactly found in the supermarket we're guessing.
            Great selection of virtually anything related to healthy German cuisine.

            DW

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            1. re: deweyweber54

              Deweyweber54...do yourself a favor next go 'round and buy the triple smoked bacon...it is sublime. I agree with above posters although I am not a fan of the rostbratwurst myself...like the smoother texture of the other sausages. Landjager is a great snack though and ditto the salami and head cheese!!

            2. Not really what the OP is looking for but if it's a special trip for you, it would be a shame to not get bacon and smoked pork chops.

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              1. re: Aromatherapy

                Probably should move this to the homecooking board, but how do you cook the chops? I've made them before but I feel like I wasted the flavor on a mediocre dish, as the chops were beautiful.

                1. re: 4chowpups

                  So far have only pan-broiled like unsmoked chops.

                  1. re: 4chowpups

                    A man who was buying a dozen smoked pork chops last time I was there said he does them on the grill, just long enough to heat them through and give grill marks.

                    I can never decide if I prefer the rostbratwurst or the white bratwurst, so I usually buy lots of both. Frankfurters and knockwurst are also wonderful. They all freeze beautifully too.

                    1. re: 4chowpups

                      I have made them grilled or baked in a pan with sauerkraut covered in foil. I don't think they are completely cooked (like brats) as is, so make sure they get cooked when grilling. You can ask for directions when you buy them.

                  2. Allstonian and I made a large purchase of various sausages here a while back and I can confirm that both the rostbratwurst and the bauernwurst are excellent. Personally, I was disappointed with the frankfurters. Texture was a little spongy, flavor was just bland. I guess I just like a spicier frank.