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How To Make Amazing Venison Brats

venison brats before being cooked

What makes a good bratwurst?

Making amazing venison brats is much easier than you might think. Follow this recipe and you’ll be a deer camp hero. A good venison bratwurst should have a balanced meat and fat ratio to ensure a juicy and flavorful sausage. Venison isn’t the most fatty meat, so adding some fat in is key (we like to use bacon fat, because of its rich smokey flavor) Using high-quality venison meat is key, as it provides a rich, delicious flavor. The addition of spices such as salt, pepper, nutmeg, and marjoram, in the right amounts, brings out the natural flavor of the venison without overpowering it. The use of natural casings, like sheep or hog casings, helps to hold the shape of the bratwurst and adds an enjoyable snap when bitten into.

To prepare venison bratwurst, you’ll need a meat grinder to finely grind the meat and fat, a sausage stuffer to fill the casings, and a smoker or grill for cooking. These factors all contribute to the flavor and texture of the bratwurst. The meat and fat ratio ensures juiciness, the spices add depth of flavor, and the natural casings and cooking methods contribute to the overall texture. The result is a delicious and juicy venison sausage with a satisfying snap.

Keys to delicious venison brats

To make delicious venison brats, start by grinding the venison meat with a meat grinder, using a coarse grinding plate. Mix the ground venison with pork fat to add moisture and flavor. Season the mixture with a blend of spices like garlic, onion, sage, and pepper, to enhance the taste of the brats.

To ensure cleanliness, keep the work area tidy by wiping down surfaces and washing hands frequently. Use sharp knives for cutting the meat and fat, as they will make the process easier and safer. Keep distractions to a minimum to focus on the task at hand, as making brats requires attention to detail.

After seasoning the meat, stuff the mixture into natural hog casings using a sausage stuffer. Twist the stuffed casings into individual brats, and refrigerate them for at least 12 hours to allow the flavors to meld.

By following these key steps and emphasizing cleanliness, sharp knives, and minimal distractions, you can create delicious venison brats that are sure to be a hit at any gathering.

Instructions

To make homemade bratwurst, start by mixing the spices. In a small bowl, combine salt, white pepper, nutmeg, ginger, coriander, and caraway. In a large bowl, mix ground venison and pork fat together. Gradually add the spice mixture and water to the meat, ensuring it’s thoroughly combined (it’s best to use your hands for this). Cover the bowl and refrigerate the mixture for at least 2 hours. If using natural casings, rinse them well and soak them in water for about an hour. Using a sausage stuffer, fill the casings with the meat mixture, being careful not to overfill, then twist or tie off the sausages to your desired length. You can either grill, pan-fry, or boil your bratwurst. If grilling or pan-frying, cook them on medium heat until browned and cooked through. If boiling, simmer them in water or beer for about 10-15 minutes, then finish by browning in a pan or on the grill if desired. Serve hot with your favorite sides and condiments. 

Amazing Venison Brats cooking on the grill

Quick Tips for Cooking Brats

Key tips for cooking deer brats include ensuring the meat is thoroughly thawed before cooking and using a high-quality brat seasoning for flavor. Properly preheating the grill or pan before cooking the brats is essential to ensure they cook evenly and do not stick to the cooking surface. This also helps to avoid overcooking the brats, as they will cook more quickly and evenly on a preheated surface.

It is important to use a meat thermometer to ensure the brats reach an internal temperature of 160°F before serving. This helps to ensure that the brats are safe to eat and are cooked to the desired level of doneness. Overcooking deer brats can result in dry and tough meat, so using a meat thermometer to monitor the internal temperature is crucial.

By following these tips, you can ensure that your deer brats are flavorful, moist, and perfectly cooked. Properly thawing the meat, using a high-quality seasoning, preheating the grill or pan, and using a meat thermometer are all important steps in achieving delicious deer brats.

World-Class Venison Bratwursts

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs venison, ground
  • 1 lb pork fat (or fatty pork cuts), ground (we love bacon fat here)
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon ground white pepper (black pepper can work too but we like white pepper best)
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground caraway
  • Sausage casings (preferably natural)

Instructions:

  1. Mix Spices: In a small bowl, combine the salt, white pepper, nutmeg, ginger, coriander, and caraway.
  2. Combine Meat and Spices: In a large bowl, mix the 2 pounds of ground venison and pork fat together. Gradually add the spice mixture and cold water to the meat, ensuring that it’s thoroughly combined. It’s best to use your hands for mixing.
  3. Chill Mixture: Cover the bowl and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or overnight. This helps the flavors to meld together.
  4. Prepare Casings: If using natural casings, rinse them well and soak in water for about an hour.
  5. Stuff the Sausages: Using a sausage stuffer, fill the casings with the meat mixture. Be careful not to overfill. Twist or tie off the sausages to your desired length.
  6. Cook: You can either grill, pan-fry, or boil your bratwurst. If grilling or pan-frying, cook them on medium heat until they’re browned and cooked through. If boiling, simmer them in water or dark beer for about 10-15 minutes, then finish by browning in a pan or on the grill if desired.
  7. Serve: Serve hot with your favorite sides and condiments.

Enjoy your homemade venison bratwurst! Remember, you can always adjust the spices to suit your taste.

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