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Nothing says ‘Sacramento Kings’ like a purple brat

Dirk Müller of Morant’s Old Fashioned Sausage Kitchen with purple bratwurst that were made to honor the Sacramento Kings.
Dirk Müller of Morant’s Old Fashioned Sausage Kitchen with purple bratwurst that were made to honor the Sacramento Kings. apierleoni@sacbee.com

Stopped by Morant’s Old Fashioned Sausage Kitchen to see what owner Dirk Müller was up to. The surprise in the cold case was a tray of just-made fully cooked Sheboygan bratwurst dyed purple with beet juice and red cabbage (and a touch of food coloring). A sign said, “The Kings are back, and so are the purple brats.”

“They’re in honor of the Sacramento Kings (whose team color is purple),” Müller explained. “Back in 2002, I was telling everybody that if the Kings made it into the NBA playoffs, I was going to make a purple bratwurst. Sure enough it happened (against the L.A. Lakers) and the atmosphere around town was crazy. Word got out about the purple brats, and they sold like gangbusters. Pretty soon every news outlet was here (including the Sacramento Bee). Customers still ask me if I have the purple brats.”

What’s the occasion now? “It’s a new beginning for the Kings in the new arena with new owners, so I thought I’d give it a shot.”

So, why aren’t they being sold in the Golden 1 Center? Just askin’...

You can show your Kings color for $6.50 a pound at the butcher shop, 5001 Franklin Blvd., Sacramento; 916-731-4377, www.morants-sausage.com.

Allen Pierleoni: 916-321-1128, @apierleonisacbe

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