Spotlight on Smoked and Rosemary Brats

A little more about two of our great brats!

Posted on Aug 04, 2022 by Jack McCann

Want to know more about TC Farm's Smoked and Rosemary Brats? Maybe you've had a friend or neighbor share some with you? Learn more!

Rosemary Brats

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An original TC Farm recipe. One of our very favorites!

This is a brat, so it is pork with a casing. It has a great flavor to it, with a little bit of herbs, black pepper and garlic added. These are fully cooked. No sugar, No nitrates (celery or otherwise), pasture-raised (like everything we do) with organic-seasoning.

Since there's no celery powder, they should be used within a week of thawing. Just sear and enjoy.

Pasture-raised Pork, Water, and less than 2% of: Sea Salt, Organic Black Pepper, Organic Rosemary, Organic Ginger, Organic Nutmeg

Smoked Brats

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Our most popular brat! A pork smoked brat, fully cooked.

Ready to add to the grill and share a little bit of summer.

Or toss into some of your favorite dishes - we've got some cooking tips as well as recipes listed below.

Made with organic spices, never any GMO feed and no soy or binders. Just the simple things listed below.

Pasture-raised Pork, Water, and less than 2% of untreated Salt, organic spices(pepper, nutmeg, coriander, celery), organic evaporated cane syrup, celery juice and sea salt. Stuffed in natural hog casings.

Storing the Brats

The rosemary brats should be kept frozen and can be thawed and kept in the fridge up to a week in a sealed package before cooking.

The smoked brats can be safely kept in the fridge for up to 45 days. Why the difference? Most of our smoked brats have a cure in them using celery powder instead of synthetic nitrates. This requires a short fermentation to set the cure properly and that requires a small amount of sugar for the beneficial bacteria.

In the case of the Rosemary Brats, there is no celery juice and no nitrates of any kind. Which is great but it also means that you have a little less time where they stay good stored in the fridge. The flavor and versatility of this brat is so fantastic, it's totally worth the trade off.

Cooking Brats

Pan Frying

Having a quick meal that can be prepped in one pan is super nice. Because the brats are pre-cooked, you don't have to worry about the exact temperature.

They are quick and easy to sear up in a pan - even from frozen, just add some of your favorite fat and cook over fairly high heat to crisp up the outside.

(Pro Tip: cut in half so they brown up more evenly -- cut in the middle, not split the long way)

From there, add any favorite side dish and you have a simple, easy to share meal!


Roasting brats with veggies is a great way to add some texture and flavor without much work!

Oven Tips:


A traditional (and super easy) way to enjoy your brats. If you follow the steps below, you should be good to go!

The key here is to not overcook the brats. Keep the heat low enough that it doesn't burst the skin, but hot enough that the skin crisps up. You don't want to cook over 150 degrees since then you'll really start to lose the good fats inside.

NOT Boiling


Don't boil your pre-cooked brats in water (or beer).

Look, we understand that's a traditional way to do it. But these brats have already been cooked long and slow at a lower temperature so that the good fats are kept inside of the brats.

Grocery brats use binders and phosphates to keep loads of extra water and fat inside of the brat. Or maybe they start off so fatty that the brat can tolerate the higher temperature of boiling water. But you don't want to eat our brats like that. Really.

Leave the water (or beer) for sharing with the meal. Your brats will thank you!

A Quick Tip:

The sugar-free rosemary brats are great with veggies. The trick to pan-frying amazing vegetables is to add a good amount of fat so they can caramelize and not burn.

It is super easy. Sear the brats and veggies in the same pan if you wish, faster veggies like Brussels Sprouts can probably be started at the same time as the brats. Heartier veggies, like carrots, you should start the veggies first and then add the brats to sear.

There's more where that came from!

Besides the smoked brats and rosemary brats, TC Farm also has:

And so much more! All pasture raised. All amazing. It's so easy to become a member!

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