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!
stan last edited by
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.
Cooked a batch of summmer in PK 100 casings are 1 7/8 by 12 cooked at 120 for one hour then 140 two hours then 180 tell internal of 152 but when I went to pull them the fat had liquefied any ideas
Tom T from Boise, ID
Oh… I ground the pork fat and the venison at the same time. 2 chunks of venison, 1 chunk of pork, back and forth…
Yes… sure cure and sure gel binder. The venison and pork fat were both still partially frozen when I ground them. First through the large course plate, then again through the small plate. (Not sure of sizes, but these are the plates i normally use for summer sausage). I probably should have put the meat back in the freezer before seasoning but i was pressed for time. I mixed by hand for 14 or 15 minutes. I also think I might have added to much water. The video said 2 quarts for wild game 2 pints for fatty pork. I put in 1 quart and about another cup. I mixed until it got tacky and then mixed some more. The meat seemed soupy to me but the video said that would be ok.
The shriveling occurred before I bumped the temp up. I was using a digital thermometer with a probe, when the temp stalled for a couple hours, I suspected the temp might be reading inaccurately so I opened the door to confirm with a dial thermometer. The digital was accurate but the sausage was already shriveling.
Another thing that bothered me was the casings… these had perforations for some reason. I e never used perforated casings before and seemed like I was losing a pot of moisture through them. Did I have the wrong casings? The other fibrous casings in the catalog said you were supposed to poke them anyway.