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Coburger Bratwurst – Delicious regional classic from Upper Franconia

In this post I’ll show you how to make Coburger Bratwurst yourself. It’s super easy and perfect for beginners. 

Coburger Bratwurst is a traditional specialty from Coburg Germany

Besides the recipe, another typical feature is that they are grilled over pine cones, (Kühla in Coburg).  This gives them their typical taste. 

I also found out that Coburger Bratwurst is the only bratwurst in Germany that is allowed to be sold with a raw egg as an ingredient.

Here you can find the complete Coburger Bratwurst recipe as a video or to read through.

Have fun and good luck making it! I would be happy if you leave me a comment if you succeeded.

Coburger Bratwurst – What do you need to make it?

Coburger Bratwurst - all Ingredients

Ingredients for your Coburger Bratwurst

Ingredients per 1kg:

  • 40 % pork shoulder (400g)
  • 30 % lean veal (300g)
  • 30 % pork backfat (300g)

Spices per kg of meat:

The equipment to make Coburger Bratwurst

Meat Grinder

You need a meat grinder to “grind” the meat. The grinder chops the meat into small chunks which then can then be mixed.

Spice grinder / mortar

To grind your spices, it is best to use a spice mill. Alternatively, a mortar is also suitable. Or you can use already ground spices. I recommend to grind them yourself.

Sausage stuffer

You need a sausage stuffer to get your meat mass into the casing. If you are starting out you can also add an attachment to your grinder or use a modified plastic bottle or funnel.

Sewing needle or sausage picker

You need the needle if air got into the sausage during filling.

Sausage casings

Traditionally, special pork casings are used. But you can of course also use classic pork casings caliber 28/30.

If you would like to prepare the sausages without casing: You can just form the mass into patties and fry them out without a casing or preserve them in a jar.

Make Coburger Bratwurst – Step-By-Step Instructions

1. Cut the meat and backfat into strips which can fit into your grinder. 

Coburger Bratwurst - cut

2. Let the meat freeze in the freezer for about 1 hour. This makes it easier for your meat grinder and the fat does not smear.

Coburger Bratwurst - freeze

3. Grind the spices to a fine powder. 

Coburger Bratwurst - spices

4. Grate the lemon zest.

Coburger Bratwurst - zest

5. Now it’s time to grind the meat. Depending on how coarse or fine you want your Coburger Bratwurst, you can use different perforated discs here.

I use the medium perforated disc (4.5 mm). But as I said… You must like it!

Coburger Bratwurst - grind

6. Add the spices and the egg to the minced meat.

Coburger Bratwurst - egg

7. Mix and knead the mixture for about 3 minutes. This creates a good binding and prevents your sausage from falling apart when you cut it. 

Coburger Bratwurst - mix

8.  Put the casing onto the sausage stuffer Typically, you need to put the casings into a lukewarm water 30 min before you use them. This will ensure that they can be put onto the stuffer.

Coburger Bratwurst - casing

9. Fill the meat into the casing. Hold the casing tightly on the filling spout and let it slowly fill up more and more. This part needs some practice. Do not worry if it does not work 100%. 

Important: Do not fill the casing too full, otherwise it will burst later when roasting.

Coburger Bratwurst - fill

10. Now it’s time to link the sausages. You can decide for yourself how big your Coburger sausage should be. Put the sausage between your thumb and forefinger. Rotate the sausage away from you then move to the next link and rotate it toward you.

Coburger Bratwurst - link

11. Your Coburger Bratwurst is ready. Enjoy!

Coburger Bratwurst - ready

How long is the shelf life of Coburger Bratwurst?

Your Coburger Bratwurst can be kept raw in the refrigerator for a maximum of 24 hours.

Alternatively, you can poach it at 80 degrees Celsius for about 30 minutes or freeze it.



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