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Mar 5, 2013 08:24 AM

Bratwurst help, please.

I had bratwurst for the first time last week. Bought them at Emil's in Pompano. Quite frankly, I was disappointed. They had no flavor, except for the slight taste of nutmeg. I really thought they should be flavorful. Any ideas on where to buy good bratwurst?

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  1. What you think of as bratwurst depends on where you're at. The name is broad and vague. It's always fresh and it always contains pork, but that's about it for consistency. In Frankfurt, it is a fine-ground white sausage and standard schnell-imbiss (lunch-counter) fare. It is wonderful. In other locations, like in the US, it may be coarse-ground and who knows what.

    1. folks in Wisconsin swear by Johnsonville -- they're the coarser texture Sharuf alludes to.

      I boil them in a beer/water bath with sliced onions and a handful of corned beef spices, then toss on the grill to brown.

      Delicious with a little whole-grain mustard, some grilled onions and a good beer.

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          1. I'm in South Miami but for real bratwurst, we go to Mainzer's, a small German deli. There must be something like this in Broward.