More Ways to Cook BratwurstNovember 11, 2021
Yes, we all know that brats on your grill is a grate way (pun intended) to prepare food on gameday… but here are a couple more delicious ways to spice up your tailgate.
Schaller & Weber New York City’s iconic German butcher shop, sent us a sample of their Currywurst Combo along with a few of their more popular sauces for us to try out. That being said, we were Not paid for including these products in our write-up. There are No affiliate links here, just our raw opinion.
Brats in the Smoker
I love a good dog or sausage on the grill, but adding smoke to the meat adds a nice additional flavor and will bring your game to the next level.
We like to slow smoke our sausages at 220F for about 2-3 hours before the game. You can tell that your brats are ready when they are plumped up and the juices are starting to force their way thru the outer casings. We normally like to use hickory… but feel free to experiment with different types of wood for different results. There are a lot of options that you and your crew will enjoy.
If you don’t have access to a traditional smoker, that doesn’t mean you can’t add smoke. In a pinch you can wrap aluminum foil around wood chips. Poke a few holes in the foil and place between the grill grate and the hotter part of your grill. It won’t take long before your make shift smoker starts doing it’s thing.
Brats in the Crock Pot
Slow cookers make great comfort food, so if you can’t make it to the stadium, you can always get some good “home gating” by slicing up your favorite bratwurst / sausage and throwing them into the slow cooker for a looooooong slow heat on gameday.
I know you love smokies in barbeque sauce… well this is like having the “big brother version” of those. YUM 🙂
I like chopping the sausages up into huge chunks and setting my crock pot as low as it will go. Add your bbq sauce over the top and enjoy the delicious meat vapers that flow from under the cover for the next 4-6 hours.
Linky: Top 10 Sauces for Little Smokies
Brats on the Griddle
When cooking sausages and brats, a tailgate griddle might not be one of your first thoughts on how to get it done… but it absolutely should be. Smaller portable griddles are increasing in popularity for tailgating and for good reason. Quality brands like Blackstone and Char-Griller now have many more affordable models and are a FAN-tastic option for cooking up your sausages (along with a plethora of other things).
I like to start by slicing up those wonderfully yummy packages of meat into bite sized pieces…
Next, prep your griddle as you normally do.
Cook in the area of your griddle that is at medium-high heat, flipping as necessary, until preferred done-ness. I like getting the edges all nice and crispy.
Now, onto the next fun part. 🙂
Make sure to have plenty of dipping sauces for your party goes to try out. Skip the boring name brand ketchup and mustards and instead grab a few bottles of your favorite BBQ sauces.
Want to really bring out the best of the wurst? Try offering up some of these delicious options to your friends:
We especially liked dipping the bite sized pieces into savory tart the and the tanginess of the Currywurst Ketchup. But that’s one of the best things about having multiple options for sauces, there is bound to be something that your guests will like.
Mmmmmm… we love trying different sauces!
What is your favorite dipping sauce for brats? Let us know or shoot us a photo!
Schaller & Weber
(https://schallerweber.com/) New York City’s iconic German butcher shop, offers a Currywurst Combo, great for any tailgate. The sausages are antibiotic free, free of nitrates and minimally processed. They also offers a variety (15+) of different sausages – see HERE for full line-up.
Schaller & Weber first opened its doors in 1937 when Ferdinand Schaller, an apprentice butcher in Stuttgart, Germany, traveled to New York, bringing his sausage recipes stateside. Schaller & Weber has stayed in the family, now owned and operated by Jeremy Schaller, Ferdinand’s great grandson. This past summer, Schaller & Weber underwent its first major rebrand and extended its product offerings with a line of grab-and-go snack trays.
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