On Got It?

Before you got it, you have to get it … and in Cincinnati, it’s Goetta (get-uh). Goetta? Yep … Goetta, which is actually another original Cincinnati dish.

Goetta is a local breakfast sausage whose roots go back to Cincinnati’s German heritage. Many of the local German immigrants were peasants, so to make to get more out of their beef and pork; they added oats and spices as salt, pepper, rosemary, and thyme into a sausage mixture. Today, Glier’s Meats is the largest manufacture of Goetta, producing over 1 million pounds annually of this local culinary treat.

I’m not a life-long local, so I didn’t grow up with Goetta – nor has it been part of our household. Therefore, this past weekend we attended our first GoettaFest, a 3-day festival held along the Kentucky side of the river that features all-things Goetta.

Sponsored by Glier’s Meats, each food vendor must offer three Goetta dishes, two non-Goetta dishes, and one dessert – and there’s the additional challenge of no duplicates among vendors. In the end, GoettaFest offerings include Goetta Wraps, Goetta Gyros, Goetta Kabobs, Goetta Fish Tacos, Goetta Gumbo, Goetta Goobers, Goetta Brownies, Goetta Shepherd’s Pie, Goetta Pizza, Goetta Coney, Goetta Steak and Eggs Sandwich, Goetta Hoagie, Goetta Egg Roll, Goetta Hash, Goetta Nachos, Goetta Rueben, Fried Goetta Balls, Goetta Mac’n Cheese, Goetta Fried Rice, Goetta Corn Dogs, Goetta Sushi, and more!

Along with past-post features Skyline Chili and Graeter’s Ice Cream, you can add Goetta to local Cincinnati culinary treats. Because Cincinnatians want to take care of their own who have moved away and spread the word to others who want to know, these local products and others are part of packages that can be purchased through Cincinnati Favorites.

Consider Cincinnati Favorites as a possible gift for that hard-to-buy-for person. After all, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) is a Cincinnatian, and that’s the recent birthday present he sent President Obama.

Now that you’ve got it, learn more about Goetta below.

Enjoy this short news report about Goetta.

Enjoy this report about GoettaFest.

47 thoughts on “On Got It?

  1. I’d try some. When we were in Ireland, our B&B host served black pudding sausage. From the wikipedia…
    “Black pudding, blood pudding or blood sausage is a type of sausage made by cooking blood or dried blood with a filler until it is thick enough to congeal when cooled. The dish exists in various cultures from Asia to Europe and the Americas. Pig, cattle, sheep, duck, and goat blood can be used depending on different countries.

    In Europe and the Americas, typical fillers include meat, fat, suet, bread, cornmeal, sweet potato,[citation needed] onion, chestnuts, barley, and oatmeal. In Spain, Portugal and Asia, potato is often replaced by rice.”

    I need to get going and have some breakfast. Golfing with a buddy today. Beautiful in IA this morning. No, I don’t have any Goetta to eat with breakfast. Have a good day, Frank. 😎


  2. I knew all those cute, lovely and beautiful pigs sitting around Cincinnati were destined for something delicious. Now I know. If/When I return to Cinci next summer, I will have to add goetta to the list.


    • Georgette,
      Goetta is both uniquely regional and different all to its own. Ask at the hotel desk if any place serves it nearby. However, in my opinion, it is a step below Skyline and Graeter’s.


    • Tim,
      The first video mentions the Colonial Cottage on the other side of the river. Research required for other places. Meanwhile, congratulations for making the 30,000th comment here!


  3. I wonder how I lived 80 miles away for much of my life and never heard of this sausage sensation. I’ve certainly had the chili and the ice cream, but not this. How do I miss these things? Oh well, the next time I’m “home” I have to try it. Take care, Frank.
    Hugs from Ecuador,


  4. Goette Goober? Why does this not sound appealing? Can you explain this one please?

    There are somethings in life I am better of not knowing, I am going to guess this might be one of them, but tell me anyway.


  5. I was just in Ohio last week visiting family(Go Bucks!) and it occurred to me as I passed by multiple pig farms with their signs listing all the different types of pork products, just as the inuit language has 50 words for snow, and the Japanese language has 42 words for the color blue, I believe Ohio has at least 23 words for pork. Does that sound about right?


  6. Somewhere I’ve heard “Gotta Get a Goetta,” but I didn’t have any idea what that meant! I really enjoy food festivals and this must have been so enjoyable. I’ve never forgotten Cincinnati Style Spaghetti…it’s great fun to learn of these regional dishes!


    • Debra,
      I’m with you regarding regional dishes. For me the ultimate lunch remains the Chili Spaghetti followed chased with mint chocolate chip from Graeter’s. That is 5-Star combo!


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