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Hi all,


Just a quick background. I grew up in the midwest where my grandfather worked at a large meat packing facility in their smokehouse. I remember the smell of hickory all over him when he came home from work. Fast forward 40-50 years and I started smoking my own meats just about 4 years ago using a side charcoal/stick burner (the Char-Griller Duo with the smoker attachment) on pork butts and brisket. I've since graduated to a vertical gas burner and doing my own bacon. Tonight (using some inspiration from this site) I smoked my own bologna, summer sausage, and a jalapeno/cheddar summer sausage. Total was 5x 1lb sausages. Major lesson learned: use a leaner ground beef and add some pork.



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Hi Jake!


Welcome to the forum!


Glad to have you with us!



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Thank you very much.


The sausages all came out very tasty, but a little crumbly. Not fall apart crumbly, but enough that it doesn't slice cleanly.

Also, as I said, it probably would have helped to use a slightly higher lean/fat ratio beef and then added some pork.


I did adapt my own progressive recipe, so if anyone has any recommendations here is what I did:


Bologna "Base" Recipe:

5# Ground Beef

7.5 tsp TQ

1 tsp Onion Pwdr

1 tsp Garlic Powder

1 cup NFDM

1 tbsp Cultured Buttermilk


I used 2 lbs to stuff a couple LEM 1-1/2" fibrous casings and then added the below to make a Summer Sausage base:


Summer Sausage Recipe:

3# Bologna "Base"

1 tsp coarse ground Pepper

1 tsp Mustard Seed

1 tsp Fennel Seed

1/2 tsp Cayenne Pwdr


Again stuffed 2 lbs into a pair of 1-1/2" fibrous casings and then with the last pound, I added 1/2 cup chopped fresh jalapeno from the garden and about 3/4 cup of sharp white cheddar (shredded).


I put that all together on Sunday, let its sit in the refrigerator overnight, and smoked it last night (Monday) for about 4 hours until the largest of the 5 sausages hit 155 degrees internal temp. Tossed them all into an ice bath for 30 minutes and then my daughter and I "sampled" a few (a lot) of bites from them. If I can get my daughter to email the photos she took on her phone, I'll post them up here.



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