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Last weekend's sausage and brats

post #1 of 15
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Went to nearest butcher (40 min away) last weekend and bought four nice butts at $1.89/lb. Total 37lb. 


Ground it all up, saved three pieces for BBB, mixed most of it up but saved some for later sausage use.


I did a small batch of Legg's Tuscan fresh sausage. Just mixed it as bulk and froze it.


8lb batch of Legg's SS stuffed into 11/2'' x 12'' casings. 


2lb of lpoli's Johnsonville brat clones. http://lpoli.50webs.com/index_files/Bratwurst-Wisconsin.pdf


and.... a small batch of an experiment sausage bwahahaha :)


Oh, and I got to try out my new toy, a Maverick ET-732 I bought from Todd! 





Here is the mix of the "experimental sausage" 


pickle mix.JPG



and here is the secret ingredient...




yep, I chopped up some awesome tasting home canned pickles! Man they are good so I thought maybe they'd be good in a sausage! The dilemma was what type of sausage to mix them with. I didn't want to take away from the nice pickle flavor so I did a basic non-spicy snack stick type of mix. Just garlic, a little mustard seed, some sugar, and a little chipotle. 




The casings in the above pic started out as clear. I love the finished color!


As always, I let them hang in the smokehouse at 120 or so to dry, then bumped it up to 140 for a few hours then finished at 170. Took about 8 hours. Put the sausage in an ice bath for about 20 min, then in the fridge for two days, then vac sealed. 





ss sliced.JPG


With the Legg's SS mix I added high temp cheese and 3tbs of cultured buttermilk powder.




I had a pic of the brats all browned up and on the plate but it got lost somehow. They were sure good though! I call my wife the brat nazi because she is super picky and only likes J-ville brats but she loves these!!! I'm glad, I wasn't looking forward to trying a dozen recipes before finding one she approved of.


The pickle sausage.... wasn't bad. Needs some fine tuning though.


The SS was really good. I'm not much of a SS guy but it was really good. 


BBB is still in the fridge curing. I'm antsy to get it in the smokehouse!!!!!!


Thanks for looking!

post #2 of 15

77.gif       Just awesome!!!    I bet the brat nazi got your pic of the browned brats too!!

post #3 of 15

Wow I think I've seen it all now pickle and sausage stix!!     I would defin, try them though.  Everything looks really good.  Nice job.

post #4 of 15

looks very yummy

post #5 of 15

Great looking sausage gers....................... icon14.gif



post #6 of 15
Looks great!!
post #7 of 15

Having trouble finding buttermilk powder. Is it mail order or found in grocery stores? Thanks

post #8 of 15

That is some great looking sausage 

post #9 of 15
Thread Starter 
Thanks everyone!

Kadoka- I bought it at my local grocery store. It was near the dry milk etc.
post #10 of 15

Gersus, now that's something different, pickles in beef stix. It does sound good! That's thinking outside the box.

post #11 of 15

Nice job! I like the outside the box thinking on the pickle sausage. Maybe an all beef sausage with pickles, bacon, and high temp cheese for a bacon cheeseburger sausage?

post #12 of 15
Them look good!
post #13 of 15
Originally Posted by gersus View Post

Thanks everyone!
Kadoka- I bought it at my local grocery store. It was near the dry milk etc.

X2, I found it at Walmart.
post #14 of 15

I was wondering what i was going to q today........Brat's it is.......Yours look great.

post #15 of 15
Thread Starter 

Ya never know, Solar. Might be good!


Thanks everyone!



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