2015 - Volume #39, Issue #3, Page #07[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Farm Family Creates Market For Beef Brats
Brewer is the fifth generation on the Dallas Center, Iowa, crop and livestock farm (Limousin-cross beef and hogs).
He and his sister, Emily, had the idea to make brats using beef when they were in college. A couple of years ago, they discovered a business that makes skinless pork brats, and the Iowa processor agreed to work with the Brewers and develop recipes for skinless beef brats.
“We did a lot of taste testing,” Brewer notes, which resulted in four flavors: jalapeno hot cheese, cheddar bacon, cheddar cheese and Hawaiian Canadian bacon and fresh pineapple.
The brats are made by a state-inspected locker, so the farm family doesn’t need to deal with much of the paperwork and certification required for processing.
“The brats are put on the grill frozen and take about 15 min. to cook,” Brewer says. Consumers like the convenience, and the fact that they are skinless.
He and his business partners - wife, Brenda; sister, Emily; and her husband, Jeff - grill the brats for sampling at stores and farmers markets, as well as at events. Brewer built the grills, which can cook up to 60 brats at a time.
Being near a fast-growing suburb has been important for local sales. Sales soar during grilling season, but people order the brats (six 1/3-lb. brats/package) from the Brewers throughout the year.
He directs people to the farm’s Facebook page (Brewer Family Farms, LLC) for more information.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Brewer Family Farms, LLC., Joe Brewer, 28259 190th St., Dallas Center, Iowa 50063 (ph 515 669-5437; email@example.com).
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