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Hanging sausage

Discussion in 'Sausage' started by shellbellc, Feb 9, 2007.

  1. shellbellc

    shellbellc Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I haven't done sausage or jerky yet, but why does everyone hang them instead of laying them down?
  2. Dutch

    Dutch Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member OTBS Admin SMF Premier Member

    Shelly, you can get more meat in the smoker by hanging the meat vertically from the racks. If you had a strip of jerky 5 inches long laying on a rack, you could hang 4-5 strips of jerky (depending on spacing) in the same space.
  3. larry maddock

    larry maddock Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    that makes appearance of sausage without grill marks.

    most pro's do it that way...
  4. deejaydebi

    deejaydebi Legendary Pitmaster

    Guess I can't be a pro I have lines ...

  5. larry maddock

    larry maddock Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    hello hello d j ,
    i hope i didnt make you think that you are not an expert..
    the pics of your brats -would prove other wise.

    when i said pros--i meant commericial packaged sausage.

    i am getting a couple of recipes almost to what i want them to taste like..

    slowly , a few people are wanting my sausages...

    instead of hanging them.
    i lay sausages on my wire grill racks in timex..

    i am looking at and maybe doing a mod to my smoker timex..

    between the 2 "stock"grills..
    there is 8 inches room...
    i want to/might do a additional rack between the 2---
    leaving 4 inches between each level...[​IMG]
  6. cheech

    cheech Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Doesn't hanging the meat get better circulation of the air and smoke too?
  7. larry maddock

    larry maddock Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    hello hello cheech,
    articles i have read on smoking SAUSAGES...
    do not let sausage touch each other..

    i believe this is for 100% air and smoke circulation....

    i think that laying the sausages on grills --
    not touching each other--
    has the same effect...--at least 98% of it

    its seems to work on the stuff i do..[​IMG]
  8. deejaydebi

    deejaydebi Legendary Pitmaster

    Larry -

    I was just teasing. I am definately no expert! I experiment every time I make something and love it. I'm to much of a rebel to follow a recipe exactly - it just isn't in me! I figure a recipe is the guide not rule.

    The hanging sausage thing is what has kept me fromcomitting to buying a new smoker for the last month or so ... verical for hanging sausages or horizontal for everything else. I think I'm going horizontal just for ease of use.

  9. shellbellc

    shellbellc Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Thanks, I assumed that it was just a space thing, but you know what they say about assuming!!