Posted by: Kath Usitalo | August 5, 2010

Homemade: Nowicki’s, Home Of The World’s Longest Sausage*

A freshly made brat on a bun in Alpena's great outdoors: a perfect summertime lunch

Sometimes the simplest meals are the most satisfying. The Brat In A Bun I enjoyed at Nowicki’s in Alpena falls into that category.

While cruising the town, diligently looking for tips to share with you dear readers, I came across Nowicki’s Sausage Shoppe located in a stunning building in a residential neighborhood several blocks from Alpena’s Old Town.

Nowicki’s was closed for the evening, so the next day after my Island Park hike and visit to the Great Lakes Heritage Center (which I’ll write about soon—please stay tuned!) I headed back for a lunch of a freshly made, huge and delicious potato brat on a bun topped with chopped onions, sauerkraut, mustard and a dash of hot sauce. Washed down with a can of Vernor’s it was a hearty self-serve meal for the sum of $3.50.

Historic Arbeiter Hall, home of Nowicki's Sausage Shoppe

I sat outside at one of two tables in front of the building enjoying the sandwich and the light breeze and sunshine, and thanking my lucky stars that the house across the street wasn’t for sale because I would have been tempted to move in just to live a mustard squirt from Nowicki’s.

The products of this family’s Polish-German heritage have been a part of the Northeast Michigan diet since 1917, and the fifth generation operation still adheres to the commitment to “select meats, fresh spices and nothing else.”

No cures. No fillers. No preservatives. Just the good stuff. The “trademarked” Potato Brat, for example, is 25% potato and 75% lean pork.

First established in Rogers City, Nowicki’s relocated to Alpena’s historic Arbeiter Hall, a turn-of-the-century former German cultural center where the family turns out some 80 meat products from traditional Polish sausage to Chicken Cordon Bleu sausages made with Leelanau Winter White Wine.

Friendly and knowledgeable employee Sherri McFalda wears a "Home of the World's Longest Sausage" T-shirt

*It was 33 years ago on August 5, 1977, that Phil Nowicki III led the charge to earn the Guinness World Record for the World’s Longest Sausage—a fact emblazoned on the T-shirts worn by employees and sold on site.

At 8,773 feet long the gigantic sausage, made with the family recipe, was reportedly deliciously edible—something you might not expect of a mile-and-a-half-long meat product.

My sausage sandwich was so delish I returned the next day on my way out of town to stock the cooler with potato brats, sauerkraut and buns for the family.

They were so very glad I had.

(Would also taste great hot from a grill at a Lake Huron beach.)

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Souvenir for the family: a dinner of Nowicki's potato brats (photo by TJ)


  1. More fun things to eat – that must be one of the bestest parts of your job, hey? Being ‘forced’ to find good things to eat and fun things to do in our great state!

    I’d have loved to see a brat a mile and a half long though the ones they make today look pretty darn fabulous!

    • Yes, I had to climb to the top of a lighthouse to make up for that sausage!

  2. From your post: “(Would also taste great hot from a grill at a Lake Huron beach.)”
    Is that a hint that you wanna stop by our cottage? You know you don’t need an invite! Just bring those brats and we’ll supply our favorite Oscoda-made bacon plus some beer to wash it all down. Ahhh!

  3. […] in a Bun (or pick up a variety for a picnic).  To see related Great Lakes Gazette story click Homemade: Nowicki’s, Home of the World’s Longest Sausage. […]

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