Bierschinken, or Schinkenwurst (in Austria and Switzerland Krakauer) is a form of sausage or cold cut particularly common in German-speaking countries.[1][2]

Contrary to the name, Bierschinken does not contain any beer, but rather, is eaten as snack with beer. It is a fine Brühwurst of pickled pork, beef or poultry meat (and sometimes mixed), plus bacon and spices with a coarse deposit of pork pieces or cooked ham. It may be slightly smoked. It is usually sold sliced in delicatessens, but it can also be found preserved in cans.

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  1. ^ International Food Information Service (26 May 2009). IFIS Dictionary of Food Science and Technology. John Wiley & Sons. p. 46. ISBN 978-1-4051-8740-4. 
  2. ^ Leo M. L. Nollet (28 February 2008). Handbook of Meat, Poultry and Seafood Quality. John Wiley & Sons. p. 595. ISBN 978-0-470-27654-9.