Fresh Italian Sausage. First sausage attempt.

Discussion in 'Sausage' started by wutang, Jul 28, 2009.

  1. wutang

    wutang Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    I have been dragging my feet for a while on getting a meat grinder. Finally got one this week and tried my hand at sausage. I just made a 5 lb batch of sweet italian sausage. Nothing fancy, just wanted to get aquainted with the process a little.

    5 lbs of pork butt cut to about 1-2 inch chunks


    Added the seasoning, sugar, salt, pepper, fennel seed per Rytek Kutas recipe. Then got ready to grind. Here is a pic of the meat and grinder getting to know each other.


    All ground up then added water per the recipe


    Stuffed into natural casings and then they took a nap in the fridge overnight.


    Threw them on a hot grill with a few chunks of apple the next day for dinner.


    All done


    My plate, italian sausage, a stuffed pepper and a little pasta


    All in all is was great. Texture, flavor all excellent. I need to work on my link twisting but that will come with a little more practice.
     
  2. waysideranch

    waysideranch Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Money!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  3. irishteabear

    irishteabear Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Nice! [​IMG] Doesn't look like a first attempt.
     
  4. the dude abides

    the dude abides Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Looking like a seasoned sausage maker to me.

    [​IMG]for a great first outing.
     
  5. tacman

    tacman Meat Mopper

    You have inspired me to track down the no good for nothing... low down scoundrel who borrowed my grinder and has failed to return it as promised. [​IMG]
     
  6. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    Looks awesome nice job [​IMG]
     
  7. ronp

    ronp Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Yummo, great first attempt.[​IMG]
     
  8. wutang

    wutang Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Thanks everyone. It was bad enough that I have an ever growing smoking "to do" list with all the great stuff I see. But now I have a sausage to do list as well. Gotta make breakfast sausage, bratwurst, kielbasa, .....etc.....
     
  9. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Hey wutang you look like an old pro at sausage. I bet they taste better than store bought. Everything taste better homemade from scratch. [​IMG]Sausage is on my want to do list too but I don't own any machines.
     
  10. fishawn

    fishawn Smoking Fanatic

    Very well done. First time? You coulda told us this was yer 9 thousandth time. Looks great![​IMG]
     
  11. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looks perfect to me. You sure this was your first time? LOL
     
  12. pops6927

    pops6927 Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Great batch of sausage! Yes, the list grows long on the varieties, but each one is a labor of love! (I love makin' it all because I LOVE eatin' it all!). Now... go for 100 lb batches!

    Pops §§
     
  13. slanted88

    slanted88 Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    That's right! Ya done good!
     
  14. shooterrick

    shooterrick Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Excellent! The hot Italian on my list for sure. Good job and pnts. to ya.
     
  15. cajunsmoke13

    cajunsmoke13 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Nice job Wutang
     
  16. rivet

    rivet Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Wu, yer an old pro allready after your first try! You had me pinin' for a meat grinder all over again and my family had though I'd forgotten all about it. No way, Jose.....

    Big points to you for some beautiful sausage and that plate with pasta was excellent. Thanks for sharing and look forward to more of your creations!
     
  17. wutang

    wutang Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Thanks again everybody for the comments & points.

    Hey Rivet, Go get that grinder. I would love to see what you come up with. I got plans for some breakfast links this weekend but I am thinking about doing something a little different with some of them....stay tuned. [​IMG]
     
  18. bigtrain74

    bigtrain74 Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Great work Wutang... I am honestly not too familiar about grinders. Do they also allow you to stuff your sausage casings or is that another tool I would need to buy?
    Also, how much did the grinder set you back?
     
  19. wutang

    wutang Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Yes it does come with attachments to also stuff the sausage. Mine came with two sizes, one larger for italian, bratwurst, etc. And a smaller one for making breakfast sausage, snack sticks, slim jims, etc. This particular grinder was $169. I saw some similar ones for a little cheaper online, but since there is a Cabela's close to my house I was able to check this one out "hands on" and really liked the construction. So far I am happy with it.
     
  20. bigtrain74

    bigtrain74 Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Great! It looks like I know what's on my list for next big purchases...
     

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