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tyrus Sep 4, 2012 07:48 AM

It's getting to be that time of year and I'm looking for a couple of things here locally. First, bratwurst. Yes, I know of Kramarczuk's in Northeast, but can anyone point to another worthy brat? I'm looking for something more like a German brat - fresh (not smoked) preferred, rather than the Northern WI / MN type of brat that's mixed with everything from jalapenos to apples. If there's a source for both pork casing (typical size of brat) and lamb casing (a bit larger than a breakfast sausage), that would be awesome.

Question #2 - is there a German bakery that sells pretzels? The big softer German style pretzel?

Thanks much!

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    lizpeck Sep 10, 2012 12:48 PM

    Prairie Pride Farm out of Mankato sells excellent naturally-cured bratwurst made from their heritage Berkshire pork at the St. Paul farmers market, on-line and at some Co-ops. I think they are pre-cooked though.


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      foreverhungry Sep 9, 2012 01:17 PM

      For brats, the 2 best I've had are Everett's and the Surly brats at Oxendale Market on 34th Ave in South Minneapolis. Very different from each other.

      Everett's is very fine texture, with a bit more nutmeg, mace, ginger-ish type spicing. Great flavor. Oxendale's Surly brats are made with...you guessed it, Surly beer. Coarser texture (more like the typical American version of the brat, like a WI brat). Different flavoring, still excellent, just very different flavor profile that Everett's.

      1. cayjohan Sep 5, 2012 09:20 PM

        Tollefsen Family Pork produces a great fresh brat - not smoked, not flavored. Tollefson's pork is uniformly excellent, but their fresh brats really shine. They sell at the Minneapolis Farmers' Market.


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          utprizewire Sep 5, 2012 02:12 PM

          For the brats try RJ's Meats in Hudson WI.

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            dalewest Sep 4, 2012 05:49 PM

            I have been buying Kramarczuk brats (fresh brats) for probably 20 years by now. Guests have never been disappointed. They are bit spendy, but worth it..

            I purchased hog casings at Everetts in South Minneapolis a few years ago. I think I was charged only a couple of bucks for enough casing to stuff 5lbs of sausage.

            For pretzels, maybe you could just make your own? The last issue of Fine Cooking has an article on making Bavarian style pretzels. You could probably par bake them and finish to order.


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              karykat Sep 4, 2012 12:44 PM

              You didn't ask about it, but are you interested in any strudels for your event?

              There is a place that makes savory and sweet strudels. Like apple strudel. And many others.

              They have been selling them at some of the farmers markets. Ruhlands Strudelhaus.

              Here's their information: http://www.thestrudelhaus.com/

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              1. re: karykat
                tyrus Sep 4, 2012 01:43 PM

                Thanks for the info. I wasn't thinking past the beer and brats but strudel is a very nice addition. Cheers.

              2. Foureyes137 Sep 4, 2012 10:00 AM


                The uncooked (fresh) brats @ Kramarczuk's & Sentyrz are just as good...fine grind...deftly seasoned...great fresh brats.

                Surdyk's makes and sells the giant bready German-style pretzels and has them in their case from time to time. I am sure if you called them, they could make a big fresh batch for you...

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                1. re: Foureyes137
                  tyrus Sep 4, 2012 10:37 AM

                  Thanks. I do like Kramarczuks but I'll have to try Sentyrz. Thanks for the lead on the pretzels at Surdyk's. I'll try them as well.

                  Does anyone have an opinion of Deutschland Meats?

                  1. re: Foureyes137
                    mitch cumstein Sep 4, 2012 04:22 PM

                    patisserie 46 sometimes has and probably would make a batch of pretzels for you.
                    Everett's has hog casings for about $35 a hank, don't know how much you need but I think they will break a package, and lamb were a bit more expensive, but they usually are on hand, just ask the butcher...

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