Juicy chicken brats
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I’m new to this community and want to say thank you for the great information and videos and recipes
I’m going to be making my first batch of brats ever!
I just watched your latest video using chicken thighs
Please tell me exactly the amounts of ingredients for this recipe
I will use south of the border seasoning, do I use 20 or 25 pounds of thighs?
Amount of cold phosphate?
Amount of carrot fiber?
And amount of water or can I use chicken broth?
And do I need to slowly ramp up smoking temperatures to 200 degrees and remove at what temperature?
You mentioned in your video that you do not want over cook the brat either,to prevent drying out
Also will this work with any of the other seasonings you recommended for brats?
Thank you again!
@stan Glad to have you here! Going with chicken thighs for bratwurst is a good idea, the taste and moisture difference is significant in my mind.
So for South of the Border with Chicken thighs use 25 lb of thighs and the entire bag, if it was breast I would say use the entire bag to 20 lb of meat.
Use 2 oz of Cold Phosphate for every 25 lb of meat
Use 4 oz of Carrot Fiber
For water, since you are using both cold phosphate and carrot fiber, you can use 16-24 oz of water. As for using chicken broth my only fear would the extra sodium from the broth, you can try it, but if I were you I’d maybe do a small batch out of the 25 lb with it first.
So, this is not a cured product so you don’t really want to smoke it per say. I’d start them out at around 200° for about 5 minutes or so and then I’d set the heat up to 350° or so to finish them. Since it is chicken you should cook to an internal temperature of 165°.
I think I covered all of your questions but if not let me know!
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I recently just made 25 pounds of all chicken thigh brats
Purchased and used all your recommended products
Brats came out great!
I used 38 mm casings
Next time I will use 30 mm casings
My question is about link tying
Do you have any videos on brat link tying? Or just twist and cut?
Thanks for all the great information!
@stan We currently don’t have a video dedicated but I think we are going to have to make one as it’s a fairly common request! For a good example of how to twist casings go to the 4:35 mark of this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_FgktFx4Xg Austin is twisting cellulose casings here but it shows how to twist.
Just so you know, in case you were looking for it and couldn’t find it, the ingredients are listed on the products web page. Just scroll down and click the “Additional Info” tab and it will show up.
The W Summer (4550300082) might be the most mild of all the ones you listed. That doesn’t make it bad at all just a very mild flavor
Summer 107 (4550300032) Similar to H, contains mustard seed but I don’t think it is whole.
Summer Sausage Seasoning (4550300012) Very similar to the 107 in flavor, has whole mustard seed.
H - Summer (G4550300070) is our best selling Summer Sausage Seasoning, contains whole mustard seed. If you are looking for a peppery seasoning this is the best one to use for a base and add some black pepper. This would be the basic summer seasoning favored by most employees and customer.
Another option, if you are making 100 lb batches or don’t mind breaking down the seasoning into smaller batches, would be the Ton’s Summer Seasoning (4550806642) It has a very good flavor and is pretty peppery if I remember correctly, I pepper is listed higher in the ingredients list than any of the others… Of all of the basic Summer Sausage seasonings (excluding ones like Jalapeno and Habanero BBQ) this is the second best scoring one amongst employees.
@tincuptom i can only speak to the H summer sausage seasoning, but it has a lot better taste than the backwoods. Not a lot of pepper (you could add more I am sure) but it is a good solid flavor profile. I did not use the ECA for the tang, but plan on doing it this week in a batch. You can’t go wrong with the H seasoning!
I have been in search for a summer sausage seasoning with black pepper but couldn’t find one. I’m new at this so the H Summer Sausage is the only one I have used so I can’t give you any comparisons with the other 3, but you mentioned black pepper so thought I would share my first experience.
So I used Waltons H Summer Sausage and mixed in about a quarter cup of fine black pepper. I liked the results and several others did as well. It had a light pepper taste and I probably will add a little more in the next batch for a slightly stronger flavor. I used 25 lbs of venison and 4lbs of beef fat to keep it on the leaner side. Good luck, Bob
thanks. As it turned out I did use a pork butt, cost only $1.48/# on sale and pork fat appears to be running about 50 cents more. Pure fat is a lot harder to come by, guessing because there is just less of it – supply and demand. One recipe I was using called out pork fat and I directly substituted the ground pork butt and it tasted fine even at a 25% ratio. The other sausage experimental batch I made with 50% and it is even better. So, 50/50 is the future now. thanks for your input folks!
@Jeff-Allen While the 26 and 33 lb sausage stuffers absolutely will make 19mm snack sticks the reduced size of the piston on the 11 lb model does make it easier. I have made snack sticks with all of the sizes and especially when you are working by yourself the 11 lb is easier to do.