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