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Jan 3, 2008 07:05 AM

Where can I buy Sheboygan bratwurst?

I've had it at AT&T Park during Giants games, but do not recall seeing it at the East Bay grocery stores I frequent (Andronico's, Whole Foods). Am I missing it somehow? Are there any places in SF where I could get it?

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  1. Possibly at -
    Seakor Polish Delicatessen and Sausage Factory- On Geary at 23rd?

    I have not been in Little City Market in North Beach for quit some time but they have carried various bratwurst, give them a call.


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    1. re: Lori SF

      Seakor just sells its own house-made sausages which are Polish and not German. Probably the best thing would be to email the company in the link above and ask where or if it is sold retail in the Bay Area.

      1. re: rworange

        they offer other sausages besides Polish.

        1. re: Lori SF

          In the dairy case? They offer a variety of types of Polish sausages but no wursts afaik.

          It's just that I'd be really surprised for them to carry German wursts given how Polish-centric they are. They don't even carry Russian food.

          Actually I learned from them that all kielbasa means is sausage in Polish. I asked if they had kielbasa and they asked what kind which got me into the list in the link above. Who knew?

          Some of the Russian delis carry Bobak sausages but that's all I recall coming from the Mid-West in terms of brand names

    2. The only Sheboygan Brats you can get out here are Johnsonville and they can be found at Safeway and Albertson's/Lucky. I order online and attribute the Packer's run this year to an exceptional batch I received from the Usinger sausage co. in Milwaukee.

      1. I believe that the Brats at the ballpark are made by the New York Style Sausage Company in Sunnyvale.

        Here's a link to their website:

        Their Brats are listed under Specialty Items here:

        And here's their address and phone info:

        New York Style Sausage Company
        1228 Reamwood Avenue
        Sunnyvale, CA 94089

        You can call and ask them which stores carry their Brats. I think that I've seen them at some Bell Markets -- maybe the one on 24th St. in the Noe Valley. I think that they sold both mild and hot versions of the Sheboygan-style Brats.

        1. Dittmer's Wurst Haus in Mt View (San Antonio Rd) has excellent Sheboygan's as well as other sausages and smoked meats. 2nd generation German butchershop. Also Schaub's in the Stanford Shopping Ctr, they are not Sheboygans but a raw homemade bratwurst that is really good. They also have other homemade sausages that are excellent like a Mango Chicken.

          1. I don't know why but I got on a kick for bratwurst this football season. I was in touch with my cousin in Chicago who was going to ship some out for me. When I told her I bought Johnsonville Bratwurst at my local Ralph's she informed me that it is made in Wisconsin and is a pareticular favorite in Chicago. The real secret is the parboiling in beer with onions then grilling and replacing in the beer batter until necessary for use. The second most important thing is the roll. No one, but I mean no one uses an hot dog roll for a bratwurst. You need to get a split deli roll. Some people add sauerkraut but all you really need is Gulden's Deli mustard (spicey).

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            1. re: Hughlipton

              Nope, no boiling or parboiling. I lived in Iowa (which is firmly in the middle of brat country) for longer than I care to say and brats are ruined by boiling. As this page says, the casing bursts. This means the brat is dry and nearly flavorless. Most people who boil brats think, "the longer the better." I'm aware this post treads into Home Cooking territory. See:

              "One important point - don't ever boil bratwurst! You may see recipes that call for parboiling or boiling. What they mean to (or ought to) say is simmered in beer or water, usually with chopped onion added. Simmering means bringing the liquid to the temperature at which steam rises from the surface, but not so hot that it bubbles. Boiling will cause the casings to burst."