November 2018

Hot Doggin’ It Holiday Edition

November 2018 – Ho Ho Holidays!

The holidays. Let the celebrations begin!

Bavarian Meats - Ho Ho Holidays!

In Germany, Christmas is a nostalgic season filled with history, merriment and tradition and here at Bavarian Meats we have a long legacy of celebrating and bringing this season of joy to our customers. Whether we are cranking up the smoker for our flagship bone in hams or rearranging the deli to make way for a parade of imported treats, we cherish this time of year and look forward to sharing it with you!

Our wonderful German born store manager, Gabi, starts planning for the season back in May when she carefully makes her list, checks it twice, and orders endless specialties from purveyors in Germany. As the seasonal magic unfolds, marzipan, pfefferkuchen, stollen, and lebkuchen arrive at the shop and it all begins.

Gabbing with Gabi and a Taste of Germany

Bavarian Meats - Ho Ho Holidays!

Gabi is gearing up quickly and tastes of Germany are arriving daily! The stollen (fruit bread) and lebkuchen (gingerbread) are already flying out the door. The selection of specialties, such as the colorful foil-wrapped chocolate Santas, ornaments and Saint Nick’s, offers a delicious taste of the homeland for under $10.

Bavarian Meats - Ho Ho Holidays!





(That’s certainly more affordable and convenient than a flight to Germany, eh?)

Ornate musical cookie tins filled with lebkuchen delight both young and old.  And the rosy marzipan pigs, which sell quickly and are sprinkled throughout the deli, are a German New Year tradition as they bring good luck and fortune for the year ahead.

NEW: Our Holiday Salami Sampler

Bavarian Meats - Seattle's Best Sausage

For 2018, we have created a special Holiday Salami Sampler, which will be sold at the deli and will feature 4 five-ounce salamis: our classic Cervelat, flagship German Salami, Sherry Fennel and Truffle.  It makes a great addition to a gift box or convenient hostess gift.


The Holiday Table with a Classic Update!

In Germany, ingredients such as apples, nuts and almonds, play a traditional and symbolic role in the holiday dinner table but Gabi reminds us that one item, the main course meat, can vary from home to home and run the gamut from goose to beef to ham, pork, schnitzel or kassler ripchen.

Bavarian Meats - Kassler Ripchen

Here at Bavarian, the tradition of our bone in holiday hams runs deep in many Seattle households, but with the next generation taking the helm at the stove, we say why not reach for our kassler ripchen?  These robust fully cooked and smoked bone in pork loins are full of smoky salty flavor and only require a simple gentle reheat in the oven, which clearly lightens the load for the season’s harried cooks.  Easily sliced by even a novice, kassler ripchen readily stands in for Mom’s more elaborate roasts and can be served with those classic sides. And, perhaps best of all, it requires no preparation and minimal cleanup. We’ll drink to that!  Kassler ripchen is available at the deli and can be ordered in advance.

Holiday Orders

To save time during this busy season, call ahead for any special orders or for gift baskets. Order holiday hams early, they will sell out.

From all of us here at Bavarian Meats, we send our best wishes to you and yours for a wonderful holiday season!


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September 2018

Hot Doggin’ It – September 2018

We’ve been grindin’, stuffin’ and smokin’ since 1961 and are especially stoked to now introduce Hot Doggin’ It! This quarterly newsletter is where we will inform you about happenings here at Bavarian. Whether it’s a new item,  a look at a flagship favorite, tidbits from Gabi at the deli, or juicy tips for using, Hot Doggin’ It is here to light you up and fuel the love for our handcrafted sausages, bacon, smoked meats, and authentic imports from Germany. Like the goods? Chime in at We love hearing from you!

Brewing a Love for Local Partnerships!

Pike Brewing Beer Brat featuring the Pike IPAHere at Bavarian we take our family sausage business seriously and that’s why we are proud to announce that our newest product, the Bavarian Meats pike brewing Beer Brat, is just another example of how we keep it local and “in the family.” A variation on our classic brat, the Pike Brewing Beer Brat features the pike ipa.

Made at the brewery right here in the Market, the IPA is delivered to us weekly and is skillfully incorporated into Grandpa Max’s classic brat, resulting in a robust sausage with hoppy undertones. Available just in time for Oktoberfest, the Pike Brewing Beer Brat can be found at our deli in the market, at haggen supermarkets (in October 2018), and on the menu at the pike pub where Chef Gary braises it in beer and serves it with his apple sauerkraut, mashed potatoes, and a side of Pike Stout Mustard.

Reflecting on the new partnership and shared legacy, the Pike Brewing Founder, Charles Finkel, says, “Our love for the Pike Place Market was a big factor in our decision to establish the Pike Place Brewery in 1989.  We were inspired by other family owned, independent businesses like Bavarian Meats. Their pride in producing extraordinary sausages, landjaeger, and other specialties we had experienced on our travels in Germany, their knowledge, and quality of service, established a perfect role model. That we are now partnering with our neighbors, this venerable family firm, to produce a delicious Bavarian Meat/Pike IPA bratwurst makes us proud.”

Sausage: The Convenient Meat!

Bavarian Meats Seattle's Best Sausage

A recent USDA study on the food purchasing decisions of Millennial households reports that Millennials have a higher preference for convenience than other generations when making food purchase decisions. Can our sausages play a role? You bet they can because they are the ultimate meaty convenience.

Many of our sausages are fully cooked and, of course, come in their own tidy little casings. There’s no need to mess up the kitchen or even drag out a cutting board. Our sausages go from package to pan in one swift swipe. They reheat quickly. Clean up is a breeze. Some of our favorites for a full-flavored meal? Smoked Cheddar Sausage, Smokin’ Hot Cheese Sausage, Smoked Bratwurst, and Smoked Chicken Andouille.

Gabbing with Gabi at the Deli

Our beloved German born and bred deli manager, Gabi, is gearing up for the homeland’s favorite feast– Oktoberfest.

What’s on our deli menu from September 21st to October 21st?  Schweinehaxen, Schweinebraten, Schlachtplatte for Two, Weisswurst with Fried Potatoes and Red Cabbage, Pretzel with Obatzter, and Apple Strudel for dessert. Or, if you want to craft your own Oktoberfest party at home for a football game, make it easy with a bunch of brats or bocks from us. Simply heat the grill, cook the sausages, heat the kraut, add some buns, good mustard and you’ve got a great German gig for halftime.

Tableside around Town

Celebrate Oktoberfest around the region and look for our sausages and specialties at the prost german pubs in Seattle, Portland and Boise, at bruno’s european restaurant in Lakewood, at the oktoberfest german restaurant in Billings, Montana, and…well, it practically goes without saying but at many of the restaurants in leavenworth!

Next edition of Hot Doggin’ It? November 2018. In the meantime, follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter…or hot dog it to the deli and grab some convenient meat!


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Seattle’s Hometown Bacon Since 1961

Bacon Slab.
Seattle’s Bacon.
Award-Winning Bacon.
The Best Bacon.

Bavarian Meats Bacon Sticks

Call it whatever you will but here at Bavarian Meats we call our bacon a delicious family legacy.
You see, the bacon we crank out each week here in Belltown on Western is the same bacon that Grandpa Max started making for our shop in 1961.

Bavarian Meats Bacon Sticks

Made from fresh local pork bellies delivered every week, our bacon is hand trimmed, dry rubbed, dry brined under refrigeration for two days, and smoked over alder in our fifty-year old smoker for more than twelve hours. Other bacon makers nationwide often inject their pork with a brine, but we have never done that. And, we never will.

Bavarian Meats Bacon Sticks

And, for those Emerald City bacon lovers with an adventurous palate, we recently introduced a hometown bacon sibling– the Bavarian Meats Whiskey Bacon. Developed by our Production Manager Jamie Simmons and infused with locally crafted Fremont Mischief Distillery whiskey, the results are dynamic, rambunctious and down-right award winning.

A ramped up tweak of Grandpa’s original, it made its boozy debut at last year’s Bourbon & Bacon Fest at the Seattle Design Center and later snagged Champion in Specialty Bacon Cured Meats Category at the Northwest Meat Processors Association Annual Convention in 2017.   This year it will be featured at our booth at both Bourbon & Bacon Fest on March 10 and at Bacon and Beer Classic at Safeco Field  on April 28.

So, whether your choice of the hometown bacon is classic or whiskey, rest assured our family legacy is rooted in Seattle.

Bavarian Meats Bacon Sticks

Both bacons can be purchased in slabs or sliced at our deli in the Pike Place Market and at the Golden Steer in Bellevue.

And, for those who want to try it at one of Seattle’s restaurants, look for it on the menu at the following:

Geraldine’s Counter

Frank’s Oyster House

The Tin Table

Honest Biscuit

Café Campagne


Bis on Main

Tom Douglas Restaurants


            Dahlia Lounge


            Seatown Seabar

            Carlisle Room

            Palace Kitchen

            Tom Douglas Catering

Heads Up: Bavarian Meats Welcomes Andrew Zimmern

American family business you say? Well, for some folks that conjures up iconic imagery. For others, it conjures up that imagery and a whole lot more. Family dynamics. Long hours. Short vacations. Good years. And, not so good years.

You see, here at Bavarian Meats, we’ve been a family business ever since Grandpa Max opened shop in the Pike Place Market in 1961. And, yep, you better believe this family business has seen it all in our fifty-six years. We are still at the same location in the Market and are now a third-generation gig, being run by my identical sister and me. We have 28 employees, an authentic German deli, and we make more than fifty wholesale products in our small warehouse weekly.

To put it simply, we are jacks of all trades and never quite know what’s gonna be tossed our way. It’s like a reality show 24/7. Just when we think we can tackle something in one sitting or finally launch that new product, a pipe springs a leak in the warehouse or someone is stuck in traffic and late for work. And, when it comes to managing the fourth-generation leaders at Bavarian Meats…now teenagers…well, we won’t even go there.

That being said there are good days and deliciously great days. In early September, we had a great day.

Andrew Zimmern of “Bizarre Foods” was in Seattle. He was scouting around for his new show, “The Zimmern List,” which will launch this fall. We had heard he might stop in but nothing was definite. Then around 1:30, he walked into our little deli with his crew and a sincere curiosity.
Like any other day, we had all arrived for work prepared to crank out the wieners, the brats, the bacon and the hot lunches. Only this day was different because our brand new spicy head cheese took center stage while we stood on the sidelines. The limelight was on the legacy and not the drudgery.

Sitting on a stool overlooking the parade of people outside, Zimmern sampled our classic blood and tongue and our recently introduced spicy head cheese, which is a twist on our Old World classic. Photos were shot. Energy flowed.

We are pretty sure we’ve made the cut, but for us that isn’t the meat of the story. The real story here is that Andrew and his crew are exploring small unique places like ours. They are investing time and energy into celebrating those foods made with heart, hand, head and a hell of a lot of grit.

Before Andrew left, he looked at me and simply said, “Thanks for keeping a place like this going for so long. “

At that moment, Grandpa Max roared.

Andrew Zimmern with the crew at Bavarian Meats in the Pike Place Market, Seattle, September 6, 2017

Andrew Zimmern at Bavarian Meats in the Pike Place Market, September 6, 2017

Andrew Zimmern and crew scouting for his new show, “The Zimmern List”, September 6, 2017

Andrew Zimmern and crew at Bavarian Meats in the Pike Place Market, Seattle 6, 2017