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Fresh Italian Sausage. First sausage attempt.

post #1 of 20
Thread Starter 
I have been dragging my feet for a while on getting a meat grinder. Finally got one this week and tried my hand at sausage. I just made a 5 lb batch of sweet italian sausage. Nothing fancy, just wanted to get aquainted with the process a little.

5 lbs of pork butt cut to about 1-2 inch chunks

Added the seasoning, sugar, salt, pepper, fennel seed per Rytek Kutas recipe. Then got ready to grind. Here is a pic of the meat and grinder getting to know each other.

All ground up then added water per the recipe

Stuffed into natural casings and then they took a nap in the fridge overnight.

Threw them on a hot grill with a few chunks of apple the next day for dinner.

All done

My plate, italian sausage, a stuffed pepper and a little pasta

All in all is was great. Texture, flavor all excellent. I need to work on my link twisting but that will come with a little more practice.
post #2 of 20
post #3 of 20
Nice! PDT_Armataz_01_34.gif Doesn't look like a first attempt.
post #4 of 20
Looking like a seasoned sausage maker to me.

points.giffor a great first outing.
post #5 of 20


You have inspired me to track down the no good for nothing... low down scoundrel who borrowed my grinder and has failed to return it as promised. PDT_Armataz_01_36.gif
post #6 of 20
Looks awesome nice job PDT_Armataz_01_37.gif
post #7 of 20
Yummo, great first attempt.PDT_Armataz_01_34.gif
post #8 of 20
Thread Starter 
Thanks everyone. It was bad enough that I have an ever growing smoking "to do" list with all the great stuff I see. But now I have a sausage to do list as well. Gotta make breakfast sausage, bratwurst, kielbasa, .....etc.....
post #9 of 20
Hey wutang you look like an old pro at sausage. I bet they taste better than store bought. Everything taste better homemade from scratch. PDT_Armataz_01_37.gifSausage is on my want to do list too but I don't own any machines.
post #10 of 20
Very well done. First time? You coulda told us this was yer 9 thousandth time. Looks great!points.gif
post #11 of 20
Looks perfect to me. You sure this was your first time? LOL
post #12 of 20
Great batch of sausage! Yes, the list grows long on the varieties, but each one is a labor of love! (I love makin' it all because I LOVE eatin' it all!). Now... go for 100 lb batches!

Pops ยงยง
post #13 of 20
That's right! Ya done good!
post #14 of 20
Excellent! The hot Italian on my list for sure. Good job and pnts. to ya.
post #15 of 20
Nice job Wutang
post #16 of 20
Wu, yer an old pro allready after your first try! You had me pinin' for a meat grinder all over again and my family had though I'd forgotten all about it. No way, Jose.....

Big points to you for some beautiful sausage and that plate with pasta was excellent. Thanks for sharing and look forward to more of your creations!
post #17 of 20
Thread Starter 
Thanks again everybody for the comments & points.

Hey Rivet, Go get that grinder. I would love to see what you come up with. I got plans for some breakfast links this weekend but I am thinking about doing something a little different with some of them....stay tuned. biggrin.gif
post #18 of 20
Great work Wutang... I am honestly not too familiar about grinders. Do they also allow you to stuff your sausage casings or is that another tool I would need to buy?
Also, how much did the grinder set you back?
post #19 of 20
Thread Starter 
Yes it does come with attachments to also stuff the sausage. Mine came with two sizes, one larger for italian, bratwurst, etc. And a smaller one for making breakfast sausage, snack sticks, slim jims, etc. This particular grinder was $169. I saw some similar ones for a little cheaper online, but since there is a Cabela's close to my house I was able to check this one out "hands on" and really liked the construction. So far I am happy with it.
post #20 of 20
Great! It looks like I know what's on my list for next big purchases...
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