According a website that charts holidays, Aug. 16 is National Bratwurst Day. Lots of people love and eat bratwurst. However, if you are one of the few who don't know about the food, bratwurst is a heavily spiced sausage, usually enjoyed on a roll with mustard or by itself with a side of sauerkraut.
The term “bratwurst” is a compound of two German words —“braten,” which means “to fry” and “wurst,” which means “sausage.” In American English, it is also known as a "brat." Bratwursts originated in Germany and have been around since the 14th century.
Bratwursts are usually made from pork, veal, or beef and can be grilled or pan fried, and sometimes cooked in broth or beer.
Even though bratwursts are a common type of sausage in the United States, they are well known especially in the state of Wisconsin, where the largest ancestry group is German. German immigrants are the ones who brought the bratwursts to the United States. You will see bratwursts at cookouts in Wisconsin.
Reports say bratwursts became popular at sports stadiums after they were introduced in 1954 by Bill Sterling to Major League Baseball in Milwaukee County Stadium. The brats were grilled and placed into a container of a special prepared tomato sauce before being served. They were sold for only 35 cents each. Currently Miller Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin is the only baseball stadium that sells more bratwurst than hot dogs.
Sterling said the bratwurst were such a hit that Duke Snider of the Brooklyn Dodgers took a case back to New York.
You don't have to be German or live in Wisconsin or even be at a baseball game to enjoy a bratwurst on Aug. 16. Instead of having your usual hot dog, try a bratwurst instead. You can get some from your local grocery store and grill or fry them for your family.