First Try at Fresh Sausage

Discussion in 'Sausage' started by couger78, May 10, 2011.

  1. couger78

    couger78 Smoking Fanatic

    Picked up about 16lbs of boneless pork butt from Costco for a first time go at sausage making.....

    The Meat: 


    Making 3 type of sausage; Italian, both hot and sweet varieties (in casings), and a bulk breakfast sausage.

    The Stuffer:


    Got a chance to finally use my muzzle-loading "Kirby Cannon" stuffer — Here it is prior to the workout. The nice thing about this stuffer is it is quite easy to control the speed of the meat flow—a very important consideration especially for novices like myself

    The end result:  


    A good learning experience for both me & my sons. Tasty, too!

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  2. dutch

    dutch Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Everything looks great Kevin.  I'm going to have to break down and build me one of those stuffer one of these days. My boys keep wanting me to make some home made Brats but they don't want to help pay for the meat or help with the stuffing. Oh well-all the more for MEEE!! [​IMG]

    I fixed your post by adding your photobucket URL's into the 'Insert Image' icon on the 'reply' tool bar. 
  3. boykjo

    boykjo Sausage maker Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Awesome job Kevin for your first time...... Your sons will cherish these memories or you may have scarred them for life...[​IMG]   You also must have photography experience because your end result pic looks great the way you have the back ground set.....

    Happy smoking

  4. couger78

    couger78 Smoking Fanatic

    Thanks, Joe. The three of them enjoyed the whole process—we all had a good laugh together throughout the whole

    Good news is—whether they're scarred or not—they've put in a new request for BOCKWURST! Gotta go find some veal.....

    Re: background set— Here's the 'secret' art direction tip: move all the appliances (coffee maker, kitchenaid mixer, etc) to the far end of the counter because the cabela grinder is HUGE!! [​IMG]
  5. they look great and I quoted this post cause I had to look twice cause he is right that looks like a brochure pic for a butcher lol nice work
  6. couger78

    couger78 Smoking Fanatic

    One of the things I DID do before starting was buy a large HDPE cutting surface.

    I used a 1/2" thick sheet, cut approx 2' x 4' to place over the 'uneven' tile counter. You can see it better in the photo of the stuffer.

    Gives a broad, even surface to work on; moveable (indoors & out); easy to keep clean & butcher on it with plenty of elbow room. A good investment if you're short of room, or like me, want a smooth, even surface upon which to cut, grind, mix & stuff.
  7. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    -Great looking sausages Kevin...
  8. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Nice job Kevin- you and Nepas can have a duel with your water stuffers
  9. werdwolf

    werdwolf Master of the Pit OTBS Member

  10. chefrob

    chefrob Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    nice lookin links!
  11. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Sausages look great.  And then there is that water cannon? Maybe the fire department could borrow it.

    Good luck and good smoking!
  12. smokinal

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

    Great looking sausage! Did you build the water stuffer?
  13. danmcg

    danmcg Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Very nice looking sausage, especially for your first attempt. [​IMG]
  14. fpnmf

    fpnmf Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Very nice!!


  15. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Sausages look great, Couger!!!!

    Cannon looks real nice too!

    Don't get into a duel with NEPAS though----I think he has a 105 Water Howitzer under Camo in his back yard.

  16. couger78

    couger78 Smoking Fanatic

    Some assembly required. Keeps the cost down. Most of the heavy lifting (& manufacturing) done by the designer.

    Thing is a kick to use. I havent tested it to see how fast it'll stuff out of fear....[​IMG]
  17. realtorterry

    realtorterry Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    wow awesome for a first try. Way better than I did
  18. Sausages look great. I need one of those stuffers. I've made sausage a bunch of times and they don't look that good.
  19. chef willie

    chef willie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    great looking batch of links and a neat toy you have there....i"m getting inspired to make some sausage
  20. boykjo

    boykjo Sausage maker Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    And as bear always says ... It will be three against one.......

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