When we decided to partner with Austrian master sausage maker Josef Bruner to create our Bark dogs, we knew we had found something special in this New York state purveyor.
Bruner built his company around the principle that quality always comes first; which is why just like us, they only use the finest ingredients when making their hot dogs.
It all started like this, after years of training in his native Austria, Bruner became a certified Master Sausage Maker. Soon after, he began working with other artisans in Germany and the US where he honed his craft and learned even more about modern ways to make sausages. While developing his skills, Josef never lost sight of his dream to one day own a place where he could create truly authentic Austrian and German-style franks that showcased the true art of sausage making past and present. Therefore, when Hartmann’s Sausage, then owned by Mrs. Hartmann, was looking for a passionate sausage maker to purchase her business, Bruner knew he had to jump at the opportunity.
Once he purchased the facility he quickly updated many aspects of the operation; adding a
natural smokehouse and a vacuum-pack machine so that he could guarantee the freshness of his frankfurters. Once the equipment was to his liking, he felt the next step was to develop strong relationships with regional growers. “This is how it is done in Europe,” he says. “We would bring together ingredients that were local so we could create a truly unique flavor that represented the area and it’s farmers”.
Using refined versions of classic recipes, all Bruner’s sausages are made by hand, not mass produced. Select pieces of meat are trimmed, ground, and seasoned with authentic ingredients. You won’t find any fillers, artificial ingredients, additives, or MSG in their products. Each small batch is smoked over apple and hickory woods, and a blend of wood imported from Alpine forest, therefore the smoky flavor is genuine.
Josef combines traditional production techniques and handmade care with modern precision. They are still making their links the way it’s been done for hundreds of years, which in turn produces items truly worthy of the title “artisan”.