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Lay it or hang it?

Discussion in 'Sausage' started by 12ring, Jan 11, 2019.

  1. 12ring

    12ring Meat Mopper

    I killed a elk in September. Got a 5lb LEM stuffer for Christmas. Killed a deer last week. I can’t wait to make some summer sausage. I built a stick burner but sold my propane stick burner. I would have to build some type of hanging contraption to hang it. Can I just lay it on the rack or do you have to hang it? Thanks.
  2. oberst

    oberst Meat Mopper

    With my MES 30 I gave up hanging sausage and now just lay whatever I’m doing in the racks. Doesn’t seem like any compromise to me.
  3. chef jimmyj

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

    No taste quality issues as long there is room all around for Smoke contact. Only other minor issue is the grate will leave contact lines in the sausage. Shifting around, periodically, helps...JJ
  4. oberst, those red snappers are a beauty! I fish off the Florida panhandle for red snappers every year and by the time you pull 2 or 3 from 150 ft of water my arm feels like it's going to fall off.
  5. oberst

    oberst Meat Mopper

    That’s a fact Humo! Pound for pound they have to be one of the toughest fighters there are. Last time in Louisiana we blew a motor so haven’t had any for a while; dang!
  6. HalfSmoked

    HalfSmoked Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Yup as said as long as the smoke can get around them laying will be just fine if you can put up with the grate marks. Which has no effect on the finish product.

  7. 12ring

    12ring Meat Mopper

    Thanks for the replies. I can’t wait to try some.
  8. crazymoon

    crazymoon Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    12R, Stainless steel angle iron makes good hangers if you ever want to build on your stick burner.
  9. Bearcarver

    Bearcarver SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Group Lead OTBS Member

    Personally I've found I can get more sausage or Sticks in my MES 40 by laying them on my racks instead of hanging them, and I don't have to worry about them touching each other & getting spots that aren't smoked.

    My 2 Piasters,