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Sausage Weekend Ahead: Suggestions?

post #1 of 12
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So I've ordered an electric smoker and will probably not get it in until early next week.

 

At home, the troops have been lobbying at home for MORE sausages! In response to this request, I picked up 15lbs of pork & about 10lbs of chuck. Also just received a new shipment of pork & sheep casings.

 

I've done the italians (big hit!), bockwurst (an even BIGGER hit), sage breakfast sausage (bulk) and some tasty garlic sausages over the past few weeks.

 

Since I will not be smoking this next batch, I'm looking for some veteran opinions on which variety of fresh sausage to tackle next.

 

I'm considering brats, chorizo (bulk or stuffed), but the Polish contingent in the house is vocal in their demands for kielbasa—albeit not smoked.

 

Suggestions?

 

 

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post #2 of 12

If they want kielbasa, then that's what they should have. However, without curing & smoking it I don't think it would taste the same as what they're used to.

post #3 of 12

I'd make the Brats & the Chorizo.  Love them both.  Save the Kielbasa for when you can smoke it.

post #4 of 12

Hmmmm

 

25+ pounds (+ is after mixing and it expands some)

 

5 lb fresh brats

5 lb choriz

5 lb basa

10 lb smoked basa

 

 

WOOO HOOO

post #5 of 12

Cougar, the best advice I can give, and I do believe I will get flack over this, is to to all three, and then kindly ship samples to me for my UNBIASED opinion of your endeavors.  I will in turn, post my results here for all to see, read and comment on.  Just PM me for the details.. heheheheicon_redface.gif

post #6 of 12
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Originally Posted by nepas View Post

 

5 lb fresh brats

5 lb choriz

5 lb basa

10 lb smoked basa

 

WOOO HOOO

I like the way you think! biggrin.gif

 

I'm a bit leery of doing the 'fresh' kielbasa, as Smokin' Al alluded to, the 'expectation' of what kielbasa should be is based upon the smoked variety. While 'fresh' kielbasa might be dern tasty, it may resemble a garlicky 'brat' more than the aniticipated 'basa profile.

 

I also got a request for a 'Jimmy Dean-style' breakfast links. I have some 19mm brown collagen that might work. Or maybe I should just use the sheep casings & save the collagen for some smoked sticks at a later date.

 

the plot thickens......

 

 

Kevin


 

 


Edited by Couger78 - 5/27/11 at 6:52am
post #7 of 12
Thread Starter 

Slight change of plans...

 

For one, I've 25lbs of pork butt in the fridge now (no beef). It seems the majority in the house want smoked kielbasa (!)—rather than fresh— just like my wife's polish grandmother used to make ("polska wędzona kiełbasa"). Since my new 40" MES doesnt arrive until next week, I'm going to attempt a controlled sausage-smoke in my trusty Weber smoky mountain. A bit more of a challenge as the WSM tends to run hot (200°+), so I'll have to give it my full attention for a 90-120 minute smoke @ 150-170°

Hopefully the results will do justice & resemble something from "Babcia Stella's" kitchen.

 

Should be a fun experience. Photos of the whole ordeal to come in a new thread....biggrin.gif

 

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Edited by Couger78 - 5/27/11 at 11:07am
post #8 of 12

Good luck and safe smoking

don't forget Qview

post #9 of 12

will be watching...........popcorn.gif  cheers.gif

post #10 of 12

Looking forward to this, I have been wanting to smoke some sausage in my WSM, but I think I'll have to wait until winter. It's so hot down here that the WSM heats up just from the sun.

post #11 of 12
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Originally Posted by SmokinAl View Post

Looking forward to this, I have been wanting to smoke some sausage in my WSM, but I think I'll have to wait until winter. It's so hot down here that the WSM heats up just from the sun.

forecast is calling for a mild 60° weekend here in the Bay area so that's promising. I've the WSM tucked in the shade of a large orange tree so sun is indirect.

 

I'll take plenty of pics documenting my struggles...err.....successesbiggrin.gif

 

post #12 of 12

This will be fun to watch

I like a good "experimental" smoke grilling_smilie.gif

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