Shiner Beer Bratwurst

I made some Beer Brats with Shiner Wild Hare a month ago and i wanted to share the process and recipe with you guys. Your going to need a meat grinder, that has a sausage attachment and a digital scale to do this.

I started with about 5 lb. of ground pork butt. You will want to grind it all up on a medium grind and then weigh it. This recipe is all in grams so make sure you put your scale over to grams. The weight of the meat should be 2000g, about 4.4 lb, and put it in the freezer for 15-20 min.

Measure out:

  • 30g Salt
  • 3.5g sugar
  • 4.5 pepper
  • 3g Nutmeg
  • 3g Caraway
  • 1.5g Mustard

While you meat is chilling, get your casings ready, generally your going to soak them in water, but just follow the directions on the pack you got.

After you take the meat out of the freezer add all the spices and mix it up. Then pour about half a bottle of your favorite beer in until it gets sticky. I added Shiner Wild Hare, delicious.

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Breakfast Sausage

I didn’t move the post over to the new site, but if you were with us earlier you heard that my  meat grinder broke.  Well this is what i was doing when it broke, I was making breakfast sausage.  I didn’t get pictures of the whole process but i do have a final product image.

I will walk you through this step by step here.

  1. Cut up pork into 1x1inch cubes, or 1x2inch strips, for the pork this time i was using a butt roast but this is really up to you on what you want to use.
  2. You want to make sure that the pork sits in the freezer for a little bit.  so that its not to soft, it goes through the grinder better that way.
  3. Grind up all the meat you have, and then divide it up into bowls of 1lb, then mix in the spices (there listed at the end), you can just toss them with your hands, it will get mixed more don’t worry
  4. Now put the meat back in the freezer for about 20-30 min
  5. Run it back through the grinder one more time
  6. You now have breakfast sausage

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Grinding Beef

The Videos that we have posted so far have all about bushcraft up to this point, so i am going to change the topic for a bit here.  I am going to talk about grinding meat.I recently bought a Waring MG105 Pro Meat Grinder.  It ran me about $70 at the outlet mall.  I got it more because i wanted to play around with sausage making but i started doing the math on making my own hamburger and it is much cheaper to make your own.  I did a 50/50 Brisket and Sirloin mix and it was $2.74/lb.  WOW!!!
Pictures of the processI ended up with 21.5 lb of meat.  If i had bought ground chuck from the HEB I shop at it would have cost me 4.40/lb.  So i saved 1.66 /lb thats a whopping $35 savings, half the cost of the grinder.  It really makes it worth the investment.-Daniel