Attitude SummerHook Brats, Garlic-ESB Brats, and Breakfast Links

Discussion in 'Sausage' started by mickey jay, Jun 14, 2016.

  1. mickey jay

    mickey jay Meat Mopper

    Finally getting some time to get back into the sausage game again, and decided to kick it off with a three all-pork sausage day.  I ground up meats yesterday and stuffed today.  First on the menu was some breakfast links.  I've been making breakfast sausage for years now but have never actually linked it up.  I decided to give the sheeps another whirl since I have a few more sessions under my belt now with hogs to strengthen my techniques, and it paid off big.  Whereas the last time I dealt with sheep casings I swore I'd never use them again, this time it went pretty smooth; there were no unexpected issues with blowouts or tangles etc.  Maybe it's the beer talking but they were almost a pleasure (even the smell seemed not as bad).  They stuffed just right; I only wish I'd pulled out more because I pulled out around 20ft for 5lbs and needed 30.  The 22-24mm sheeps are maybe a bit large compared to Johnsonville breakfast sausages.

    All linked up:

    Next up is a version of Shooter Rick's Attitude Brats; I'm calling them Attitude SummerHook Brats since I added a cup of RedHook SummerHook in place of the water, and NFDM for the soy concentrate.

    Attitude Summer Brat Hooks all linked up:

    Finally, this next sausage is inspired by wutang's 2010 post "Garlic + Beer = Sausage".  I excluded the bacon and included a cup of RedHook ESB.

    Garlic ESB Brats all linked up (with the only blowout of the day, a tiny pinhole in that upper link):

    They are currently sittin in the fridge melding up; taste test tomorrow evening (I'm being awful patient here; my garage fridge smells amazing).

    I learned a couple things today.  Linking has always eluded me for some dumb reason..  probably because I've seen the youtube videos of people slingin and twirlin and dancing around sausages to link them up.  None of that has worked for me.  But then I just read a comment on here about "link one, skip one, link one, skip one" and it just clicked and I used that today and it was so damn simple I about cried.

    The second thing was that an understuffed sausage can be fixed by just pinching off a wider space between links and massaging the meat (lol) so that a properly stuffed link forms, and then you just twirl it a couple more times than normal to pick up the slack.  Again, so simple I almost had tears.  It's better to have an understuffed link than an overstuffed because it's a lot harder to fix an overstuffed link.

    Plated shots and taste test forthcoming tomorrow evening!
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  2. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    I.m in nice job on the links

  3. crazymoon

    crazymoon Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    MJ. Nice job,looking good .Please keep us posted on your results !
  4. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    They look great!

    Nice job on the linking!

  5. mickey jay

    mickey jay Meat Mopper

    Cooked up a couple breakfast links this morning.  I gotta say, the sheeps are just perfect for these.  They taste and eat great but most importantly my wife loves them.

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  6. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Mickey they look great,we had home made links for breakfast today with toast only.Thanks for sharing Points


  7. driedstick

    driedstick Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Dang it man that looks great!!! Nice job and glad the wife likes them,,, that is what counts


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  8. mickey jay

    mickey jay Meat Mopper

    And the taste test is complete!  Both the Attitude SummerHook Brats, and Garlic-ESB Brats are excellent.  I could eat a lot of these.  Thanks to Shooter Rick and wutang for giving excellent bases to work from.

    Coming off the grill.. a couple of these burst open; I over stuffed these links but as far as I can tell it didn't really affect the texture from whatever loss of fluids.

    ..and the cut.

  9. bdskelly

    bdskelly Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I really like those links. point! B
  10. b-one

    b-one Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Those all look great! I don't want to start making sausage or bacon I'm afraid I would eat to much!
  11. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Super sausages, Sir!

  12. mneeley490

    mneeley490 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Those are so beautiful, they brought a tear to my eye!

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