Summer Sausage Experience

Discussion in 'Sausage' started by cheryl1949, Jul 11, 2010.

  1. cheryl1949

    cheryl1949 Newbie

    I descided to make some venison summer sausage.  Friday night I ground the venison and pork butt and added the seasoning and cure, stuffed in 2 x 20 inch casings and put in the refrigerator over night.  I had purchased an electric hot plate to use in a Brinkman Electric Smoker to control the temperature.  Saturday morning I got up and let the took the sausage out of the refrigerator and let set at room temperature for 2 hours.  I stuck a thermometer in the smoker where the top goes on the base.  I used fish hooks to hang the sausage from the top grate and turned on the hot plate.  I left the sausge for 1 hour at 120 degrees then added wood chips to a pie pan I sat on the hot plate.  It did not seem to put out that much smoke.  I smoked at 120 degrees for 1 hour then bumped the temperature up to 140 for 2 hours.  I then added more wood chips and found out he highest the hot plate would get the smoker was 160 degrees.  I smoked until the temperature reached 140 degrees internally and it seemed to stall.  I then put the sausage in the oven at 175 dgrees until the internal temperature reached 152 degrees.  I gave the sausage an ice bath until the internal temperature dropped to 100 degrees.  Hung sausage for 2 hours and put in refrigerator overnight.  My wife and I tried it with some crackers this morning and it was very good.  My observations.

    1.  I need to get a sausage stuffer

    2.  I need to make a smokehouse

    If anyone has any suggestions to help it would be greatly appreciated.

  2. mossymo

    mossymo Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Sounds like you did perfect with the equipment you have available to you. You would be surprised the increase in temp you would have gotten just by adding 2 or 3 pre-lite charcoals to your wood chip pan and the additional smoke they will provide. Glad to hear of your success with your first summer sausages !!!
  3. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    Sounds like ya'll did a great job  [​IMG]I've had to put summer sausage into the oven before too the weather got me in the middle of a large summer sausage smoke.

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