Alright people. The wait is over! Here are some final shots. Finished up at 160 at 1am last night, so it got about 5 hrs of Pittmaster dust smoke. I just love the color that blend gives to sausage!
The money shot pics are this morning after hanging out in the fridge after the water bath in the early AM. It's a very good sausage. I really do like the spice blend. Nothing overpowers anything. I would like some more heat, so I'd use 2 tsp instead of the 1 tsp that I added to the blend. Otherwise, it was an easy stuff and an easy smoke.
Edit: I wanted to add that the fibrous casings I used worked amazing. They are 2.5" by 20" and are advertised to fit 2.5 lbs. They clearly can fit closer to 3lb considering this was a 5 lb batch and the chubs aren't similar in length. I peeled off some casing to bring some into work and the smoke penetration was perfect. Under the casings is the same exact beautiful red smoked color and flavor.