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Boykjo's Summer Sausage

Discussion in 'Sausage' started by boykjo, Jan 2, 2012.

  1. roller

    roller Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    This is really good. I have been making a close version of it for 30 yrs...
  2. boykjo

    boykjo Sausage maker Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Post #20

    I must say this stuff is pretty good

    Thanx for looking
    Last edited: Jan 18, 2015
  3. Those do look great!

    I'm going to be doing the same exact thing this coming Saturday:

    Making a 'salami' that is halfway between summer and salami. 

    My recipe is very similar, but I might add a couple of your ingredients. 

    I'll be adding a bit of 'encapsulated citric acid' to get the tang instead

    of buttermilk. 

    You probably know about this, but in case you don't, here is a

    little 'trick' we do when we make our summer/salami (I make

    about 100# a year of summer/salami; usually 2 different 50# batches).

    I usually buy 2.5"x20" or 2.5"x24" casings.

    Members of my family did not want to take a whole 20" or 24" stick

    out of the freezer and thaw it out.  Plus when giving samples away 

    to friends and rellies, a whole stick was giving away too much and

    it didn't look good to give them a cut stick (seemed like it was 'used').

    SO now when we make summer/salami, we make 2 chubs from each casing. 

    I don't like using the 10" or 12" casings because they waste space in the smoker

    and 2 10" chub casings costs more than 1 20" casing.

    With the 20" casing, you get two 1# chubs.  With the 24" casing, you get

    two 1.25# chubs.

    It's easy to make 2 chubs from one casing:

    When stuffing the casing, stop stuffing when there is about 4" of casing left.

    Twist that end and tie it off tight with string;

    Pinch the middle a bit by wrapping thumb and forefinger around it, and then

    twist each end in opposite dirs.  The casing will cinch at the pinch point. 

    Have someone tie a string there and you have 2 chubs. 

    It does take some experience to figure out exactly how much casing to

    leave unstuffed without leaving TOO much unstuffed.  4" is about right tho...

    When you cut the chubs apart after smoking, the string comes off easy

    and the casing stays 'stuck' 99% closed.
    wismoke and daveomak like this.
  4. boykjo

    boykjo Sausage maker Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Your right. Its a good idea to halve or even quarter the casings when giving them away...These were 24 inch casings cut in half to make them into 12's. I prefer the 1.5 diameters now. Makes the right slice size to add to the cracker and cheese..
  5. I've used the 1.5 for salami.  They harden up the sausage a LITTLE more in the smoker than the 2.5 do, which I like for salami.  I'll have to look into doing that for my summer too.  Not a bad thought to skinny them up too, and a little firmer isn't a bad thing...

    Where do you get 1.5x24" casings?  I presume you are using "fibrous" (ie: normal non-edible style)?

    The longest I have ever found is 18".  I'd love to find some 24" so I could make 2 chubs with each as usual...

    Last edited: Feb 9, 2015
  6. boykjo

    boykjo Sausage maker Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Butcher and packer carries a big selection
  7. driedstick

    driedstick Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Joe, have you ever tried cheese in this recipe? 

  8. SFLsmkr1

    SFLsmkr1 Legendary Pitmaster Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Looks good there Joe

    Salami salami Bologna
  9. gary s

    gary s SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster OTBS Member

    I love both

  10. daveomak

    daveomak Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Wasn't that Moe, Larry and Curley's lines.... ROFL...
  11. boykjo

    boykjo Sausage maker Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    No.. Never done cheese with SS. I dont see the point putting cheese in SS. I like a big hunk of cheese on my big hunk of SS on a cracker sandwich

    That stuff is long gone... I need to make some more... I have some bactoferm f-lc to get better tang this time so I'm ready
    Last edited: Feb 11, 2015
  12. crazymoon

    crazymoon Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Joe, please let know how the F-LC works for you.
  13. gary s

    gary s SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster OTBS Member

    Sounds good to me

  14. LOL, YES!  I have the same answer when people ask me about adding cheese to my summer/salami...

    I always answer similarly: If I want cheese with my summer, I add cheese when I eat it.  Then everyone

    can have their favorite cheese, instead of everyone having to eat the same kind.

    I am very interested in using the bactoferm.  I am making a batch of salami this coming Saturday, so

    might be too late to order online, but I'll check.  Currently I am planning to use ECA.  I know how to use

    that, but was wondering how to use the bactoferm:  I know the proper amount to add to the meat after 

    the first grind when I add my spices, but how long after that do you have to wait to smoke the meat?

    Standard 24 hour thing, or longer?
  15. tropics

    tropics Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Jo nice job on the Salami thanks for the que view. Another item on the list.
  16. roller

    roller Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    Making this today...
  17. boykjo

    boykjo Sausage maker Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

  18. driedstick

    driedstick Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Joe I am going to try to get some meat tonight and give this a whirl this weekend if not next weekend, Never used cultured buttermilk before. you said you wanted more tang, if you was to do this again would you increase the buttermilk? and if so how much?? 

    I am going to double the recipe and make 10lbs just in time for elk camp 


    Last edited: Aug 13, 2015
  19. boykjo

    boykjo Sausage maker Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    I would leave it as is. this stuff was really good..... Dont want to stray you way from something I hadnt tried. As for tang I would want a culture added rather more butter milk or eca.........

    My 2 cents
  20. pc farmer

    pc farmer Epic Pitmaster Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Something else for me to try.