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Apr 4, 2010 08:13 AM

Grilling Time - Fresh Brats?

I'm looking for a place to get good and not overly expensive fresh brats. Preferably around St. Paul or Eagan area, but if they are good i'm willing to go anywhere in the metro. Any suggestions?

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  1. I am partial to Mackenthun's Deli in St. Bonafacius. They have an amazing selection. That is not close to the east metro but you said anywhere.

    1. We really like Kramurczuk's. Not in St. Paul or Eagan though. In Northeast on East Hennepin by Surdycks.

      Here are their sausage varieties:

      They have fresh brats, smoked brats, polish sausages and lots of special ones.

      We like the smoked brats and polish sausage. And you can get a couple very fresh buns from their bakery to go with those.

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      1. re: karykat

        Hagberg's Meats in Lake Elmo. Old school German recipe been in their family for generations. Really, really good. Only one's we'll buy.

        1. re: HuaGung

          I actually did have some brats from Hagberg's the other day. They were some good brats. Sadly they aren't in my area, but my friend does work near there if I did want to get some. Was hoping for somewhere closer to St. Paul, but that is always an option.

        2. re: karykat

          I was sad I didn't get to make it to the Kramarczuk stand the other day at the Twins game. I have heard good things about their brats... if I don't find anything much closer, I think this will be my next place to try some brats from.

          1. re: Matronix

            Some day I'm going to get a brat from the Kramarczuk stand at a Twins game. Just have to brave the line!!! It's very exciting, though, to have such a great local option at a local baseball game. Kudos to the Twins and Kramarczuk's for making this work.

          2. re: karykat

            If you go to Kramurczuk's get their Jerk Brat/Sausage if you like spicy you'll love it.

          3. Mississippi Market often has brats from Pastures Aplenty, a local sustainable hog farm. I'm no brat expert, but they taste great to me....

            1. just grilled a few from Kramurczuk's last week, pretty good.

              Clancey's is my go-to spot, though.

              I'm interested in trying a few of the places mentioned in the 'jerky thread' but those are all a ways.

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              1. re: getgot211

                We grilled Clancey's the other night. Made with Surly, they were as fantastic as you'd expect, but were also like $2.50/brat. For sure will have them again - and would recommend - but when my softball team rolls in I'd maybe dial it back to my go-to "economy brat" - the fresh housemade brats from Jerry's on 50th and Vernon. Classic simple style brat.

                OP asked for Egan/STP, so that's probably worthless tip, however. Sorry don't know anything down those parts.

              2. I may get flamed for what I am about to say, but here goes. I always judge a brat's flavor by comparing it to Johnsonville. I like the way they taste and have eaten enough others that have been not so good that every time I do get one that isn't up to par I ask myself why I didn't just get Johnsonville in the first place.

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                1. re: John E.

                  Prairie Pride farms has spectacular cheddarwurst, and their other brats are good, too. Not fresh, though. They are at the St. Paul Farmer's Market, and I think they are also at some of the local co-ops.

                  1. re: John E.

                    Actually, I know what you mean. The Johnsonvilles are mild, nicely spiced and sweet. Like em myself.

                    1. re: karykat

                      Everett's has some good Brats as well. During the colder months they are usually frozen (uncooked), but I think you could get some unfrozen ones pretty soon if not already.