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Old 12-03-2012, 12:41 PM   #1
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Join Date: 04-05-12
Location: Charlottesville, VA
Smile Home Made Bratwurst & Kielbasa (pRoN)

I must have been cooking a lot of ribs the past couple of months. I always trim the tips off my spares and save 'em for sausage making.
After gathering a few bags from the freezer, I easily had around 12 pounds of pork trimmings. I have a book on home sausage making
and used a couple of recipes from there as a starting point.

I didn't have any veal handy, so my Brats are just pork, but with the seasoning, they still taste Bratwurst should. I used my trusty old
KA mixer to grind the meat and stuff the casings. The KA mixer does a fair job of grinding, but I've already ordered a freestanding
sausage stuffer for the next time. The KA mixer is painfully slow when it comes to stuffing.

I ended up making about 5.5 pounds of Bratwurst.

I also made around 5.5 pounds of Polska Kielbasa, which also calls for beef. I had a small chuck roast in the freezer, so I used most of that,
and ground the rest up for fresh hamburger.

I cooked some of the sausage for last nights supper and was not disappointed with the results. I cooked the Brats Wisconsin style using
a sliced onion, a couple of proud tablespoons of butter, and a beer. Oh, and a couple of beers for the chef

The brats were first cooked over direct heat to give them some color and grill marks. At the same time, I let the onions sauté
in the butter until slightly soft before adding the beer. After the onions and beer came to a simmer, I added the Brats and simmered
until it reduced.

The kielbasa was cooked over direct heat and then moved to indirect heat to keep them warm until the brats were ready.

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