Simply put, Oktoberfest is the world's largest outdoor party. It’s held annually in Munich, Bavaria, Germany. The 16-day festival runs from late September to the first weekend in October. Many of the locals refer to it as Wiesn, which is short for the grounds it’s held on. Having been held since the early 1800’a it’s an important part of the Bavarian culture. Most other Oktoberfest around the world have been patterned after Munich’s, they’re just a little smaller. Munich’s averages about 6 million visitors per year!
If you like to eat German food, you’ll love Oktoberfest, check this menu out. Hendl (roast chicken), Schweinebraten (roast pork), Schweinsh axe (grilled ham hock), of course they’ll have plenty of Würst (sausages) along with Brezen (pretzel), Knödel (potato or bread dumplings), Käsespätzle (cheese noodles), Reiberdatschi (potato pancakes), and Sauerkraut. If you’ve been to Milwaukee’s German Fest this may sound familiar. One of the sausages served at Oktoberfest is Weisswurst (a white sausage containing veal). This delicious sausage literally melts in your mouth and is one of my favorites. We make it at Usinger’s and ours is equally as delicious.
Oktoberfest brats are also a seasonal favorite. They are just a bit longer than regular brats and spiced perfectly. If you’re celebrating Wiesn stateside this year, put some Weisswurst and Oktoberfest brats on the grill and it’ll go a long way toward giving you the taste of Munich’s Oktoberfest.
Enjoy the season, Prost!
The Wisconsin State Fair begins its 11 day run on Thursday July 31. It has become a Wisconsin tradition each summer and it’s been around even longer than we have. The first Wisconsin State Fair was held in Janesville in 1851. It moved around quite a bit the first 40 years, but settled in Milwaukee at its current location in 1892. Usinger’s is a proud participant of the fair and has a booth in the Wisconsin Products Pavilion with many other great Wisconsin companies. You will find some of the best food at the fair in the pavilion and also some of the best prices. From apples to ice cream and potatoes to Usinger brats, it’s the place to go. Usinger’s is Milwaukee’s oldest and still family run sausage kitchen. Come visit the Usinger booth inside the air-conditioned Wisconsin Products Pavilion. There you will find the best food at the best price at the fair.
Here is what’s on our menu.
Quarter pound brat, served with kraut
Quarter pound Italian, served with peppers and onions
Quarter pound chicken sausage with spinach and feta cheese
Quarter pound Smoked Brat with Cheddar & Jalapeno
Jumbo Pork & Beef Hot Dog
All are served on delicious Miller Bakery Pretzella buns and are just $ 4.00 each!
See you at the Fair.
Try something a little different on your grill this summer. A Usinger Smoked Brat with Cheddar Cheese & Jalapeno Peppers. This is one of my grilling favorites. To create this awesome link, we started with a Usinger Smoked Brat mix, then added apple wood smoked bacon bits for a campfire taste, Cheddar Cheese for flavor and pieces of Jalapeno Peppers for good measure. We packed them all in a natural casing and then hardwood smoked them. This is the complete sausage, no condiments needed, well maybe a great sausage roll. But seriously, you’ll want to enjoy all of the great flavors so don’t cover them up with a bunch of add-ons.
These sausages are fully cooked, so you just need to grill them over medium heat to warm them completely through to get the cheese melted and the outside skin crispy. Try not to crack the casings because you won’t want to lose any of the flavor.
Fritz talks about the the past, present and future of the sausage business and Usinger's.
Let me start by saying thanks to all of our loyal customers for another great year at Usinger’s Sausage. I hope your holiday season was a happy one and I hope you received everything you wanted. You did all want sausage didn’t you? Just kidding. We have finished our website remodelwhich many of you probably noticed during the holidays, and hope it worked well for you. We are planning on doing more internet oriented promotions in the coming year and I invite you to sign up for the Usinger newsletter so you don’t miss any of them. We’ll have a valuable coupon offer showing up there soon. Scroll down to the bottom of our homepage to “Subscribe here” and click, or just click this link: Usinger newsletter. If you're getting tired of Winter already, try some of our Sausage Chili. Just put it in a pan, heat and eat. It's that simple and it's really good...just enough kick to warm you up without setting your tongue ablaze. Hang in there, Spring Training starts next month and grilling season isn't far behind.
Autumn is summer sausage season in Wisconsin. A snacking staple while watching Badger and Packer games, summer sausage is the faithful platter companion of crackers and Wisconsin cheeses.
What makes summer sausage so popular is the subtle marriage of smoky and tangy flavors. Our summer sausage develops this unique flavor while hanging for 24 hours over smoldering hardwood fires in our old fashioned brick smoke houses.
For over 130 years Usinger's has made it the same way…. Quality meats, natural spices and know how. NO MSG, Gluten Free and NO Artificial Flavorings.