Gary and I are determined to live life to the fullest. For us, that means that when an opportunity presents itself we go off the beaten path and see where life takes us. Our life has been filled with many unexpected pleasures because of this attitude.
Not all of our adventures are planned or ones that we seek out. Some we stumble upon and some just draw us in. Recently on a quiet romantic drive together we kept seeing these unique little billboards on wheels saying Nueske’s. After seeing several of them, we looked at each other and knew we had to take a detour and check it out. After all these unique little billboards took someone with real creativity to come up with the idea. Nueske’s little trucks were sure to hold an unexpected pleasure.
And what an unexpected pleasure these Nueske’s trucks lead us to! This charming store is not someplace you would normally find us venturing to during a romantic outing, yet it turned out to be so much fun and so nostalgic. This find is a great reminder to always live in the moment. Slow down and take your time. Just enjoy being together.
Stepping inside, we had to just stop for a moment and take it all in. It was like a trip back in time with modern touches. We loved the rustic old appearance.
At that moment you are hit with the sights and wonderful smells of goodness. Just enough to tantalize your taste buds.
Nueske’s is a family-owned business. The family ancestors came to Wisconsin in 1882 and brought with them the skills and recipes for Applewood smoking, spicing and curing meat.
In 1933 when the family couldn’t find smoked meat as good as home, the decision was made to take their smoked products to friends, family, neighbors and general stores in Wisconsin. Even though this was during the depression, R.C. Neuske was confident his smoked meats would sell. He was not only offering a great product but also something new and exciting to cheer them up.
So in a truck with a hand-painted sign, “Bob’s Fancy Meats” filled with Applewood smoked bacon, ham, poultry, and sausage, R.C Nueske took to the road. This was the start of what has now became known as Nueske’s.
As the business grew R.C. Nueske was diligent in passing down the secrets of Applewood smoking, spicing and curing meats. In addition to that, he took the time to make sure all of the little details were passed on as well. Right down to choosing the right cuts of meat, blending the spices and how to create the perfect glowing embers of Applewood for that perfect smoking of the meat.
The small family business and perfection of smoking meats were passed on from generation to generation. Even with generations from then to now, the most important thing that hasn’t changed, the smoked recipe. Spices are still imported and still blended by hand.
In 1970 a fire struck the company and the family had to make the decision to give up or start over. I’m sure many are thankful for their decision to build new. A large facility was constructed with the addition of a storefront. In 1980 they opened their door to the public and waited for people to find them. This being before the World Wide Web they had to rely on word of mouth. The customers that did find them thought Neuske’s was a restaurant. So Neuske’s started offering samples. This increased their word of mouth advertising.
Neuske’s has stayed a family-owned business, just the way I’m sure R.C. Neuske would have wanted it.
It is not surprising that we found so many things that day to fill our freezer with. The sampling still works. Being able to try and then buy, tantalized us to keep adding one more thing to our pile on the counter.
Before leaving, with arms full of goodies, we noticed this sign. “Build your own brats” Of course we had to give them a taste.
Sometimes life takes you down unexpected and unplanned roads. Gary is definitely enjoying every moment of this journey we are on together almost as much as he is enjoying this Nueske’s Brat.
Always be open and willing to go where ever those roads take you. Gary and I years ago, decided to go down one of those unplanned roads which brought us together. We are loving every minute of this life we are building. When you are on that road with the right person, every adventure is worth taking. Some may even get you some really good food. 😊 Be sure to check out their thick-cut, black pepper bacon. It’s one of our favorites.
This is one of our favorite recipes using Neuske’s Bacon
Bacon Stuffed Mushrooms
- Prep Time: 10 Min
- Cook Time: 30 Min
- Makes: Serves Serves 6-8
| Ingredients |
6 slices Nueske’s Smoked Bacon, diced small
10 large fresh mushrooms
3 oz cream cheese
1/4 C sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded
1 tsp garlic, minced (optional)
Fry bacon in a large skillet. Remove bacon and set aside. Clean the mushrooms and remove the stem. Mix the bacon, cream cheese, cheddar cheese (and garlic, if desired). Fill each mushroom cap. Place on a baking sheet or shallow pan and bake in preheated 350° oven for 30 minutes. Let stand for 5 minutes
Check out more of our Neuske pictures HERE
You can visit Neuske’s County Store at 1390 E. Grand Ave., Wittenberg, WI
Neuske’s products can also be found and ordered online shipped right to your door. Their products can be mail ordered HERE.
While you are there don’t forget to check out some of Neuske’s recipes.
Be sure to check out one of our exciting romantic trips to Milwaukee.
Gary & Michelle
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