6. The cheddar brat
Mary Kong-DeVito of Girl Meets Food is a fan of the cheddar brat. She was tearing through one while the crew was doing the research. But this panel found the cheddar brat to be just okay. You could taste the cheese, but just ever so slightly, especially against the grilled onions and peppers that tastily top each sausage. Maybe take her advice and get this one naked.
5. The spicy chorizo
The panel was packed with fans of chorizo and spice, but this one was a kicker. When Meats & Foods says "spicy", they mean it. Thankfully, we chose nearby Dacha Beer Garden as the tasting venue and had plenty of cold suds on hand. Even the Catalan in the group, who is a Spanish sausage snob, appreciated the chorizo and its spice level. And so did the beer garden, as another round proved necessary to finish the tasting.