Having recieved several Cabela's gift cards for Christmas, I decided to take advantage of the boxing week sales. I picked up te Weston #5 500watt meat grinder for 50% off and put it to work right away for some Texas Hot Links.
I started with a 4lb picnic shoulder and 1lb 70/30 ground beef. After trimming the picnic shoulder, it came out to 4 pounds, so I added 1lb of pork loin to get the 5lbs for Willie's recipe. I modified Willies recipe slightly as follows:
12 ounce Bud
2 Tbl black pepper
2 Tbl crushed red pepper (pizza pepper)
1 Tbl cayenne*
1 Tbl chipotle powder*
1 Tbl paprika*
1 Tbl smoked paprika*
3 Tbl coarse salt
2 Tbl mustard seeds
¼ cup garlic, minced
7 1/2 tsp Morton Tender Quick (The correct amount for 5lbs ground meat)*
1 tsp ground coriander
I used a 32mm collagen casing and tied these links with butcher's twine.
Smoked in my Big Chief with whiskey chips, slowly raising the temp by adding layers of insulation until IT of all links were above 165*F.
The new toy.. er.. tool.
Added the pork loin chunks after weighing trimmed picnic meat
Initial coarse grind of pork
The second finer grind of seasoned pork with the beef
The next day was stuffing and smoking day. Here's the first few
All tied and ready to smoke
Into the Big Chief
All in all I have to say these turned out amazing. The Weston #5 was a great pickup, however the sausage horn included was a little big and tapered, I went to Weston's website right away and ordered the rest of the sausage kit which included 3 smaller untapered horns which will come in handy for sure.
Was a fun smoke and can't wait to do more. Next up; kabanosy sticks!!
Thanks for looking!