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4 Meat Burritos You Must Try By Nolechek’s

4 Meat Burritos You Must Try By Nolechek’s

Burritos aren't all beans and cheese. In fact, meat can be a central component that truly elevates the overall flavor. Check out these 5 meat burritos you MUST try by Nolechek's! 

1. Carne Asado Burrito


Carne Asada burritos are easy, filling and delicious. Carne asada is a dish of grilled and sliced beef, usually skirt steak, sirloin steak, tenderloin steak, or rib steak.

2. Pulled Pork Burrito

Pulled pork sandwiches are great – but have you heard of pulled pork burritos before? Mix BBQ sauce with some cheese and lime with that pulled pork, and you've got yourself the perfect burrito!

3. Korean BBQ Burrito

Korean BBQ is one of the most popular ways to eat meat these days. All you need is spicy beef, kimchi, rice, cilantro, and sriracha mayo and wrap it in a soft flour tortilla.

4. Spicy Beef Burrito 

Last but not least, it turns out that spicy beef goes perfectly inside of a crispy fried burrito! Green chilies, salsa and jalapeño peppers mixed with meat –– what more could you need?

We hope that you enjoyed today's post on 4 meat burritos you must try. Order your favorite meat for the week to make your burritos at this link

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5 Sweet & Savory Nolechek’s Meat Dishes

5 Sweet & Savory Nolechek’s Meat Dishes

Sweet and savory is just so flavor(y)! When it comes to meat dishes, something we can all agree on is that the right balance of sweet and savory can really bring out the true flavors of meat. In today's blog, we'll introduce you to 5 sweet and savory Nolechek's Meat dishes. 

1. Sticky Honey Garlic Beef

First up, we've got our sticky honey garlic beef. The sharpness of the Garlic Paris nicely with the honey glaze that goes over the beef. If you're a fan of sweet and sour chicken, then this beef alternative will fit you perfectly.

2. Sweet and Savory Pulled Beef

Pulled beef is usually a savory situation, but if you throw in some sweetness, it can make for a more eventful dish. Sprinkle in some brown sugar, honey or experiment with maple syrup to add another kick of flavor to this plate!

3. Sweet Brown Sugar BBQ Meatballs

You can never go wrong with anything that is brown sugar glazed. Whether you need a quick appetizer or a well-rounded meal, these sweet brown sugar glazed BBQ meatballs are perfect. You'd be surprised how well brown sugar goes with BBQ sauce - it's impeccable! 

4. Sweet & Savory Ribs

Next time you pull out the grill for some baby back rib time, try out a sweet and savory glaze for maximum flavor. We promise you won't regret it :) 

5. Sweet Glazed Bacon

And last but not least, perhaps the most tasty and easiest dish to make here is sweet glazed bacon! Choose your glaze of choice, and you can even top our bacon with some sesame seeds as the perfect finishing touch. 

We hope that you enjoyed this week's blog! Be sure to stock up on your meats for the week at this link

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5 Potato & Bratwurst Dishes by Nolechek's

5 Potato & Bratwurst Dishes by Nolechek's

Potatoes and Nolechek's bratwurst are the perfect duo for a delicious lunch or hearty dinner. Check out these 5 potato and bratwurst dishes that we've prepared for you!

1. Nolechek's Bratwurst Potato Boats

If you love baked potato, then these potato boats are the perfect meal for you. Simply bake up some Russets, slice em' open, slap one of our Brats on top, then slather with cheese, bake it all together, and your all good to go!

2. Baked Wedge Potatoes & Nolechek's Bratwurst

This recipe makes for a great dinner. If you have any leftover potato wedges, or if you're craving some meat and potatoes, it doesn't get more classic than this baked dish. 

3. German Style Nolechek's Bratwurst Skillet Dish

Our German friends know how to live! This dish combines cabbage, potato and bratwurst all in one dish. At your favorite sauce or spices to the mix to really transform it into a showstopper. 

4. Baked Nolechek's Brats With Cabbage and Assorted Potatoes

Who knew a potato dish could look so colorful? To make this flavorful meal, gather an assortment of different potatoes (each coming with their own distinct flavor), gather some green cabbage, and our brats of course, and broil them in the one. Then, you'll get that nice char-broiled cabbage, crispy yet soft potatoes, and perfect meat. 

5. Nolechek's Bratwurst With Potato Cake

Move over chocolate cake, hello potato cake! Nothing pairs better with a perfectly grilled Nolechek's bratwurst then a well-seasoned, soft, and buttery potato cake. You can't go wrong!

We hope that you enjoyed today's post on 5 potato and bratwurst dishes by Nolechek's. Try one, try them all, but most importantly, don't forget to stop by our online store to order yours. 

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3 Delicious BLT Sandwiches By Nolechek's

3 Delicious BLT Sandwiches By Nolechek's

Everybody loves a classic BLT, but we're here to kick it up a notch with these 3 fantastic variations. Let's dive right in!

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4 Ways to Up your Bratwurst Plating Game

4 Ways to Up your Bratwurst Plating Game

Bratwurst plating is one of the key features of making your dish extra fancy, and extra tasty. We want you to wow your family and friends with your plating techniques, and today, we'll show you 5 different ways to do just that!

1. Top your brat off with some peppers

Who doesn't like some good ol' grilled peppers on top of a brat? It really adds to the flavor profile and makes it that much more delicious. 

2. Onions make a great add-on as well

Just look at these gorgeous brats! Onions go a long way when it comes to elevating the plating style of brats. The colors are perfect, and so is the taste. 

3. Pickled cabbage for the win!

Pickled cabbage fans, this one's for you. Nothing quite beats that dark pink and purple, and it looks just as good as it tastes. 

4. Up your plating with some spicy corn salsa

If you want a beautiful bratwurst plate, and one with a spicy kick, then this one is perfect for you. Spicy corn salsa never disappoints!

We hope you enjoyed this post on 4 ways to up your bratwurst plating game! Be sure to stock up on your brats for the week, and follow us on Facebook and Instagram if you aren't already. 

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5 Springtime Bacon Dishes You Must Try by Nolechek's

5 Springtime Bacon Dishes You Must Try by Nolechek's

It's official spring, so it's time to whip out the springtime bacon recipes! They've got plenty of flavor, color, and Nolechek's meaty goodness. 

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5 Steak Sandwiches You Must Try by Nolechek's

5 Steak Sandwiches You Must Try by Nolechek's

Steak sandwiches are the perfect lunchtime or eventide dinner meal. Whether you're looking for something fancy, or a simple, these sandwiches are sure to satisfy your savory tooth!

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5 Must Try Bacon & Noodle Dishes by Nolechek's

5 Must Try Bacon & Noodle Dishes by Nolechek's

If you love noodles and bacon, then you'll love these dishes we've got lined up for you!
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5 Bacon Snacks Your Kids Will Love By Nolechek's

5 Bacon Snacks Your Kids Will Love By Nolechek's

Everybody loves snacks, but do you know how loves em' most of all? Kids, of course! Check out these 5 bacon munchies that your little ones are guaranteed to love. 

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Happy National Meat Month!

Happy National Meat Month!

As all our fans know, we proudly celebrate meat 24/7 here at Nolechek’s Meats. We take our role as Wisconsin’s Finest very seriously and offering Wisconsin’s best ham, bacon and sausage takes dedication. To wrap up a busy month, we want to take the time to share with everyone just how much product our awesome team crafts.


Venison bacon waiting to be sliced.

We accept boneless wild game year-round at Nolechek’s and make thousands of pounds of wild game sausage every year, including venison, elk, moose, and bear. However, from October through December we are so busy making our own product to sell in our retail, online, and through various wholesale channels, we don’t have time to make venison sausage. So, when January arrives, we move right in to making venison sausage. We offer approximately 40 varieties of venison sausage, which includes summer, snack sticks, fresh bratwurst, wieners and more! Our most popular items include summer sausage, natural casing wieners, and venison bacon…all made using the same family recipes and traditions as the products available in retail and online.

UPDATE: As of July 2021, Nolechek's is no longer processing custom sausage which includes, but is not limited to: Venison, elk, bear, antelope, non-inspected beef, pork. Please visit for more information please read our statement here.  

  • Summer Sausage:          3,821 lbs.
  • Snack Sticks:                 1,809 lbs.
  • Venison Bacon:              400 lbs.
  • Fresh Sausage:              490 lbs.
  • Wieners:                         565 lbs.
  • Polish Sausage:             375 lbs.
  • Bologna:                         100 lbs.
  • Venison Jerky:               150 lbs.
  • Venison Hamburger:      500 lbs.

TOTAL:                                      8,210 lbs.

Venison snack sticks ready to be cut.     
Venison summer sausage

As if we didn’t make enough venison product, we were also busy crafting product for retail, online, and wholesale; stocking up after the Holiday rush!

Our first task was to get all of our lunch meat options in stock and we made 800 pounds of mustard seed salami, bologna, Krakow, New England, and boneless ham.

You wouldn’t think with winter in Wisconsin fresh bratwurst would be a hot ticket item, but people in the Midwest are dedicated to grilling and we stuffed 850 pounds of the best Wisconsin bratwurst you’ll find. This includes a fan favorite that features Marieke Gouda Smoked Gouda, pictured below.

Nolechek’s fresh side pork is a favorite among local customers. Why? It’s simple, really. We start with the highest quality fresh pork belly as we do for our bacon. When you start with quality product, there’s not much else to do, except fry it up with your favorite seasoning and enjoy! After slicing 450 pounds of fresh side pork, there is plenty to go around!

Another fresh product that customers can’t get enough of are all pork breakfast links. Nolechek’s breakfast links are the perfect blend of seasonings with just the right amount of sage. The best part of making breakfast links is frying up a batch to make sure they meet our standards! 200 pounds of these perfect links will last for about a month and they’ll be back on the production schedule!

Our final production totals include fresh product available for retail purchase only. These items are sold in 1 pound bulk tubes. Chorizo is a Mexican-style fresh sausage with vinegar and is the best in tacos; our Italian sausage can’t be beat in your favorite Italian dish; and who doesn’t love a hand-pattied burger right off the grill! Our customers choose these products because of their quality, leanness, and amazing flavor!

  • 600 pounds of ground pork, Chorizo, Italian and breakfast sausage
  • 450 pounds of ground round and ground chuck

Wieners and bologna round out our ready-to-eat products for the month of January. After making 450 pounds of wieners and 225 pounds of bologna, our customers will have plenty of options!

Cold smoked pork shoulder is a specialty product that we craft for our favorite local restaurant, Sconni’s. Located in Wausau, WI, Sconni’s features many of Nolechek’s products on their menu. They provide us with their secret blend of spices and we do the rubbing and cold smoking. This month we smoked 250 pounds for them and you can try it for yourself, featured on their Hawaiian Carnitas, which are tacos with pineapple pico, poblano crema and cilantro. Is your mouth watering yet?

Rubbed and ready for smoking!

And last, but certainly not least…Nolechek’s Hickory Smoked Honey Cured Bacon. Here are the numbers:

  • Traditional Bacon:                     1,900 pounds
  • Beef Bacon:                              150 pounds

Natural Uncured Bacon: 555 pounds

Yes. That’s 2,605 pounds of bacon!

Bacon ready for the smokehouse

Slab bacon ready for slicing

Beef bacon ready for packaging 

Nolechek’s Natural Uncured Bacon Pieces are featured in Marieke Gouda Bacon Gouda and Carr Valley Bacon Bread Cheese. Only the highest quality bacon for the highest quality cheese! We cooked 555 pounds of natural uncured bacon, all in a day’s work!

So, were you keeping track? We’ll save you the time and tally up the totals.

  • Lunchmeat:                    800 lbs.
  • Fresh Bratwurst:            850 lbs.
  • Side Pork:                       450 lbs.
  • Breakfast Links:             200 lbs.
  • 1# Bulk Product:            1,050 lbs.
  • Wieners:                          450 lbs. 
  • Bologna:                          225 lbs.
  • Smoked Pork Butts:       250 lbs.
  • Bacon:                             2,605 lbs. 
TOTAL:                      6,880 lbs.



When all is said and done our amazing team of nine individuals cut, chopped, ground, stuffed, smoked, cured, tumbled, wrapped, and put up 15,090 pounds of award-winning Nolechek’s product. Yes. 15,090 pounds. And when we say our amazing team, we mean it. Our team shows up every day and works together to achieve more than we ask of them and we have a good time doing it! We are thankful and humbled beyond measure to share our story and give credit where credit is due…to our team who believes in what they do and crafts a product that is second to none and deserves the title of Wisconsin’s Finest.

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5 Breakfast Sausage Dishes To Try By Nolechek's

5 Breakfast Sausage Dishes To Try By Nolechek's

What's better than waking up to the smell of breakfast sausage in the morning? Nothing can quite beat perfect, sizzling hot breakfast sausage, especially on a cold winter's day. Check out these 5 breakfast sausage dishes to try!

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5 Must Try Bacon Sandwiches by Nolechek's

5 Must Try Bacon Sandwiches by Nolechek's

Imagine taking your favorite sandwich, and then making it even better. How? Well, by adding Nolechek's bacon of course!
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