My first batch was apparently a success. My neighbor is originally from New Orleans and his Grandmother was Creole. He sampled my gumbo made with the first andouille and said it was some of the best ever. I gave him a big link and he made his Grandmother's Jambalaya recipe with it and it was fantastic. The sausage is very spicey but mellows a bit after smoke and a day in the refrigerator. Here is another batch I finished smoking today.....Gumbo this weekend.