Visitors to Maysville’s Oktoberfest this weekend will find plenty of food to satisfy their taste buds but only one booth will feature authentic German bratwurst made from a centuries old family recipe.
Jerry Schumacher and Joe Pfeffer — who just happen to be a Maysville city commissioner and Mason County judge-executive — joined forces with several other men as Flat Fork Pork and More to produce more than 1,500 bratwurst this past weekend to offer up at Oktoberfest.
Schumacher said the group, including Mike Doyle, May’s Lick firefighter Tommy Prince and Bob Allen, spent the better part of eight hours grind, seasoning and stuffing the 300 pounds of pork.
The recipe, which Schumacher characterized as “tried and true” came from family recipes of the Schumachers and Pfeffers and were first used 250 years ago.
And while Schumacher said the sausage-making marathon was a “good excuse to drink beer and have a good time,” the proceeds will go for a good cause — to help rebuild the Maysville Rotary Clubhouse that was damaged by flooding earlier this year.
“Hopefully this will help get it back in shape,” he said.
Schumacher said the pork was ground and then seasoned, staying with the old recipe although there was some cutting back on the amount of salt and spices used. Once ground and seasoned, the mixture was then forced in to edible casing using a hand-cranked stuffer, he said.
“There was one cranking, one stuffing, one turning and one cutting,” Schumacher said,
The bratwurst will be warmed in lukewarm water before it hits the grill for customers who visit the Market Street booth, Schumacher said. Sauerkraut, onions, peppers and mustard will be available to dress up the bratwurst, but no ketchup, he emphasized.
“That just wouldn’t be right,” Schumacher said.
Pfeffer gave credit to Schumacher for spear-heading the project. As for expectations on how much the men might raise, he isn’t sure what the final outcome for sales might be but he did predict a good time.
“I don’t know how much we’ll sell, but we’ll have fun,” Pfeffer said.