First time--plain old breakfast sausage

Discussion in 'Sausage' started by becky3086, Feb 13, 2012.

  1. becky3086

    becky3086 Fire Starter

    Besides smoking and bread I made sausage this weekend for the first time. Nothing special just breakfast sausage. I used collagen casings and a mix (Eastman Outdoors) this time hoping to make it easier for myself. I could not for the life of me figure out how to twist the sausage afterwards to make links so I tied them all ([​IMG]). We have already had one meal from these and they were pretty good. I can't wait to try making more. I have some hog casings that I need to do something with, just looking for that perfect recipe...




  2. smokinal

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

    Your sausage links look very good Becky. If you twist every other one 3 twists in the same direction. It is very easy. Some guys twist each one in opposite directions, every other one twisted the same way is much faster.
  3. becky3086

    becky3086 Fire Starter

    I tried twisting in different directions and I tried the same direction, they just untwisted.
  4. alblancher

    alblancher Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Nice looking sausages becky3086

    They will unravel if you cut them immediately after twisting.  Keep them twisted and cook them as a link till they set up and then you can separate them.  Collagen casings do not stay twisted as well as natural casings.  You may also need to fold them onto themselves to keep the twist.
  5. becky3086

    becky3086 Fire Starter

    Ok, I understand. Thanks. I was just looking over a video about it. Tying was a real aggravation.
  6. sam3

    sam3 Smoking Fanatic

    Great job Becky, they came out fantastic.

    I generally use hog casing, so I pinch and fold the casing at the desired length I'm looking for. After a dozen or so links, I go back and twist in the same direction and form a ring. Then I do the process over again.
  7. becky3086

    becky3086 Fire Starter

    I have got to see some more videos. I just can't get what is going on from a description. I think I will try natural casings next time though.
  8. Your gonna be a pro in No-time:)
  9. upinflames

    upinflames Fire Starter

    Becky, would you please post a link to the video tutorials.

    Thanks, UIF.
  10. johnnie walker

    johnnie walker Smoking Fanatic

    Becky, the sausages look good! Collogen casings don't like to stay twisted. I just tie mine off with string like you did.
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  11. Fantastic looking links! Great job.
  12. Your sausages look very nice!!!!

  13. sound1

    sound1 Smoking Fanatic

    Nicely done, Are you sticking with the package mix?
  14. uncle_lar

    uncle_lar Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    nice looking  sausage for the first time for sure
  15. becky3086

    becky3086 Fire Starter

    No I won't be sticking with the packaged mix--not that it wasn't good--it was but I like to do things as self sufficiently as possible so I want to try several different recipes.
  16. couger78

    couger78 Smoking Fanatic

    That's great! Mixes are a great convenience, but I'm a big believer in 'creating your own' as much as possible. It takes a few trial & error episodes with spices and amounts of ingredients, but part of the joy of making homemade links is the "thrill of the unknown" before reaching the final destination.

    nice job!

    Last edited: Feb 13, 2012
  17. boykjo

    boykjo Sausage maker Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member


    I'm not a twister myself..........................................

  18. uncle_lar

    uncle_lar Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    I just tried the Jimmy Deen! clone recipe from the Len Poli sight and it is very good. I usually use the recipe from Ryteks bbook which i also like but I add a little garlic to both.

    I use allot of Ryteks recipes but I have tweaked them to meet my taste. which most of the time is adding half again the seasoning  except for the salt
  19. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Wow Becky you had a busy weekend. Congrats on all the great things you did.  Ribs, bread and sausage is a lot even for some of us old farts that have been doing it for a while.  

    So my guess is that you do embroidery or cross stitch by the looks of what you tied the sausage with. Mrs Scar has won awards for her counted cross-stitch carousel horses.  Am I close?
  20. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Great looking sausage!

    The collagen casings can be hard to work with.  Try the sheep casings sometime.  They are much easier to work with.

    Heck, for breakfast sausage, you don't even need a casing?

    Good luck and good smoking.

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