Hi, I am a newbie here and to smoking! I received a Masterbuilt 40" electric smoker for my birthday and love it! So far I have smoked ribs, pork butt, and brisket, but want to try summer sausage next. I have looked over some of the recipes here and think I will try a jalapeno cheese sausage. I think I will try JJRokkett's recipe here http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/t/76925/jalapeno-cheese-smoked-summer-sausage. I have the meat grinder attachment for my Kitchenaid mixer that I received for Christmas and found the el cheapo 3lb stuffer at Cabelas in the bargain cave for $20 (after I bought it based on the reviews it may not have been such a bargain). I know this is probably bottom of the line equipment, but hope it will at least get me started. Now for some questions, is there any cut of beef that works better for summer sausage or do I just buy something cheaper like a chuck roast? I assume something like a pork butt will work well for the pork portion, but do I leave all of the fat on both the pork and beef? is it best to do a coarse grind, mix all my spices together, do a fine grind, mix in the cheese, and then stuff? What are opinions on seasonings, is it best to buy the ingredients in the recipe above, or should I purchase a seasoning mix? What does it mean to "bloom" the sausage? Sorry for all the rookie questions and thanks in advance for any advice!
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7/27/13 at 3:53pm