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Breakfast Sausage

Discussion in 'Sausage' started by Recon1, May 15, 2019.

  1. Recon1

    Recon1 Newbie

    Trying to make a breakfast sausage. The recipe I tried had too much sage in it. It had 3 teaspoons of sage for 2 pounds of ground pork butt. But it was missing that "sausage" taste I was looking for. The spices used were thyme, brown sugar, kosher salt, crushed fennel seeds, red pepper flakes, black pepper, garlic powder, and smoked paprika. Kinda looking for a recipe that tastes like Swaggerty hot sausage. What spices am I missing? I don't know enough to "adjust" as most recipes call for. Any help would be appreciated.
     
  2. tx smoker

    tx smoker Smoking Fanatic

    Here is a great recipe for breakfast sausage. I went through a ton of different things before dialing this one in. Not sure about the Swaggerty sausage as I've never heard of it. You could amp this up with a 1/4 t of black pepper per pound or perhaps 1/8 t of Cayenne, or just some additional red pepper that's in the recipe already. We just love the balance of this and truly enjoy it. I do also have a recipe for spicy Italian sausage but I'm afraid that wouldn't make the flavor profile you're looking for in a breakfast sausage. Look this over and let me know if you have any questions. It's a tried and true recipe and I bet we could make it work for you with just a minor tweak or two.

    16 ounces ground pork
    1 teaspoon salt
    ½ teaspoon Garlic powder
    ½ teaspoon dried parsley
    ½ teaspoon fresh coarse ground black pepper
    ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
    ¼ teaspoon ground coriander
    ¼ teaspoon Accent
    ¼ teaspoon Oregano
    ¼ teaspoon onion powder

    Robert
     
  3. Recon1

    That recipe sounds more like an Italian sausage recipe with some sage thrown in. Not what I would call
    a breakfast sausage either. This might work for you.

    2# ground pork butt
    2 tsp salt
    1 tsp black pepper
    1 tsp rubbed sage
    1 tsp ground ginger
    1 tsp ground thyme
    1 tsp ground coriander
    1 tsp ground red pepper (optional)
    2 tbl maple syrup

    Cal
     
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  4. Don't know about the smoked paprika...
    Our go-to family fresh sausage for making B&G: pork butt (or deer burger with 30% pork fat) and smoked bacon ends (if the local IGA has any) ground up together, sage, white pepper, maple sugar, whole fennel, cayenne, marjoram and ground clove. Fresh sage is much better if you've got some.
     
  5. 5GRILLZNTN

    5GRILLZNTN Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Here are 3 of my go-to's for b'fast sausage. Adjust to your liking.

    SAGE
    16 ounces ground pork
    1 teaspoon salt
    1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
    1/4 teaspoon rubbed sage (or more)
    1/4 teaspoon fresh coarse ground black pepper
    1/4 teaspoon dried thyme (or more)
    1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
    1/4 teaspoon coriander
    1/4 teaspoon msg (such as Accent flavor enhancer)
    HOT
    16 ounces ground pork
    1 teaspoon salt
    1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (or more)
    1/4 teaspoon rubbed sage
    1/4 teaspoon fresh coarse ground black pepper
    1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (or more)
    1/4 teaspoon coriander
    1/4 teaspoon msg (such as Accent)
    MAPLE
    16 ounces ground pork
    3 tablespoons maple syrup
    1 teaspoon salt
    1/2 teaspoon msg (such as Accent)
    1/4 teaspoon coriander
     
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  6. tx smoker

    tx smoker Smoking Fanatic

    "That recipe sounds more like an Italian sausage recipe with some sage thrown in. "

    With all due respect, that is absolutely not an Italian sausage and there is no sage in it whatsoever. I have no idea where you came up with that one. This is the quintessential breakfast sausage and every person that has tried it agrees and loves the stuff.

    Perplexed,
    Robert
     
  7. chopsaw

    chopsaw Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Robert , I thought same as you , but I think he is talking to the op .
     
  8. Yes, I was replying to Recon1
     
  9. tx smoker

    tx smoker Smoking Fanatic

    "Yes, I was replying to Recon1"

    I that case, my sincere apologies. Your post was right after mine and I thought you were referencing my recipe.

    OOPS!!
    Robert
     
  10. chopsaw

    chopsaw Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Not many ,,, I think you're adding too much . For me breakfast sausage is salt , black pepper and sage for regular , then the same with red pepper flakes for hot . Never had Swaggerty so not sure how that compares .
    This is Pop's family recipe ,
    https://www.smokingmeatforums.com/threads/fassetts-breakfast-sausage-seasoning.83939/
    read thru that , but take note of post #4 .
     
  11. indaswamp

    indaswamp Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Recon1, add coriander as others above me have mentioned....
    I use 12g sage per 25lbs. of meat. Using weight in grams is preferred for measuring a strong herb like sage. You can pick a gram scale up on Amazon for about $10 bucks that will weigh in 0.01g up to 500g. This is plenty accurate enough for all home sausage making needs....
     
    Last edited: May 16, 2019
  12. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Epic Pitmaster Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

  13. Recon1

    Recon1 Newbie

    Here's the recipe I used: https://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/ba-breakfast-sausage I used 2 pounds of ground pork and modified the sage as I used dried sage. I see a few using coriander and Accent or MSG. Does the MSG change the flavor profile that much? I have that. I can see that I need to drop the fennel. And my conversion from fresh to dried sage was way off. It will be awhile before I try this again. I'm going to try to make a cheddar brat with the rest of the pork. This will be my first attempt with making links.
     
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  14. daveomak

    daveomak Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Spice Usage guidelines.jpg Spice conversion 001.jpg
     
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  15. Recon1

    Recon1 Newbie

    Thanks! That will come in handy. Right now I can't find savory and mace in this town.
     
  16. daveomak

    daveomak Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

  17. talan64

    talan64 Meat Mopper

    Here's the recipe I use, which is a culmination of multiple recipes, just taking the "best" of the best. It is NOT a hot breakfast sausage by any means:

    4lb Pork butt
    1 1/2 tbl Salt
    2 1/2 Tsp Dry sage
    1 tsp marjoram
    1 tsp black pepper
    2 tsp Red Pepper flake (adjust to taste)
    1 tsp Ground Mustard
    1/3 c Maple syrup.

    Grind pork butt with coarse blade
    Add spice mix
    Grind with fine blade
    add maple syrup and mix (you will need your hands).

    I vacuum seal enough for 2 omelets in each bag, flattened out for quick defrosting.
     
  18. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Epic Pitmaster Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Does MSG make a big difference? Not really but yes it does. Let's say, you and I make your favorite recipe. I add MSG and you don't. Next we have our families taste them both. Although no one will be able to put their finger on it, Everybody will tell you My dish is better.
    I tested this with my crew. I mixed S & P, only, into 2 pounds of Ground Beef. I split the batch then added 1 teaspoon MSG to half. I then made Sliders, seared on a CI griddle. Each had one slider, plain, one With and one Without MSG. It was unanimous, the Slider with MSG was just Better. It tasted Beefier and more full flavored.
    Glutamate is a naturally occurring Amino Acid. Our bodies naturally crave it not only because it contributes to Protein Building but it Tastes Good! Our very first taste of Glutamate is at Mother's Breast, or drinking any Milk for that matter, and we are Hooked. A thousand generations of Italians have been boosting Glutamate in food for centuries. Pasta with Garlic and Extra Virginia Olive Oil tastes great. Add cooked Tomatoes, high Glutamate, and it taste Better. Add 2 year Aged Parmaggiano Reggiano, SUPER high in Glutamate and the Flavor Explodes!!!...JJ
     
  19. indaswamp

    indaswamp Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    ^^^^^^wish I could double like that post chef jj.....
     
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  20. bill ace 350

    bill ace 350 Smoking Fanatic