New to sauseege making

Discussion in 'Sausage' started by kadoka, Feb 1, 2012.

  1. kadoka

    kadoka Smoke Blower

    For a rookie, what kinds of sausage would you recommend I try and make first? Either fresh or smoked, eventually trying both. I will soon have most of the equipment needed for both. Intrested in venison SS with cheese and pork brats & italian.         
  2. jrod62

    jrod62 Smoking Guru Group Lead OTBS Member

    What to do first ? That hard one .
    I did fresh breakfast links first. Then jump right into summer sausage.
  3. thoseguys26

    thoseguys26 Master of the Pit

    I'd say your on the right track. Venison SS & Italian pork sausage are both winners. You can buy SS seasoning packs and you won't go wrong but making it from scratch is pretty awesome. You can always add more spices but you can't take them out so start simple, test & tweak. Good luck!
  4. gersus

    gersus Smoking Fanatic

    I think summer sausage is the easiest. The bigger sticks seem more forgiving. Fibrous casings are probably the easiest to handle, collagen and natural casings aren't bad either though, IMO.  Other than that a lot of the procedures are very similar.  Grind, take pix, mix, take pix, stuff, take pix, smoke, take pix! :)  Getting a taste you love is sometimes difficult, but when its good, its good!

    Dry curing on the other hand.... is a different ball game! I leave that up to solaryellow and nepas. 
  5. bmudd14474

    bmudd14474 Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Fresh Breakfast or Italian
  6. danmcg

    danmcg Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Breakfast Patties  and Italian,,,,,,,,,But ultimately what would you like to make
  7. couger78

    couger78 Smoking Fanatic

    Got my feet wet doing italian. Pretty straight-forward, and I did learn quite a bit from my mistakes (blow outs, working with nat. casings for the first time).


  8. boykjo

    boykjo Sausage maker Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    every time I see that pic I'm in awe kevin......

  9. Kevin are you a photographer for a magazine? or do you just get damn lucky with all these great pics?    oh and by the way the sausage looks awesome too

  10. sprky

    sprky Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I think Kevin hires a pro to take his pics......lmao[​IMG]
  11. couger78

    couger78 Smoking Fanatic

    Harry, 'no' to your first question—but I've worked with enough REAL photographers for years while serving as art director. I saw what 'worked' in shots, particularly when it comes to food.

    And, 'yes' to your second question. I use my wife's nice little Sony camera for taking all the shots. Almost idiot-proof.

    I decided from the start I was going to make a photographic record of everything I make ('sausage-wise'), both good & bad. It's a lot of extra work, but having a visual record of everything really helps whenever I revisit a recipe.

    And I was pretty happy the way the first batch came out. Definitely got me hooked.

    — Kevin
    Last edited: Feb 1, 2012
  12. scrappynadds

    scrappynadds Smoking Fanatic

    You don't know how much that helps us rookies.........  by you taking pictures...........Really really good pictures I might add.......
  13. nepas

    nepas Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Ya should go with fresh this way you get the hang of the process without having to worry about the cure and smoke time.

    Mix, stuff, eat and double wrap and freeze the rest ya aint cooked yet.......OR bbq it all up and share with family and friends
  14. nepas

    nepas Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Your right

    Take pics of everything. Good, in tween, so so, not so good and failurs. This way you can go back to it all. One thing i still aint learned is keeping logs on paper of what i put in, times and notes.

    I have 3 photobucket accs and the 3rd is almost full.
  15. Go exotic!

    Make Butifara Crua - a Catalan staple:

    1 pound ground pork
    1 teaspoon kosher salt
    1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    2 oz. water

    Dissolve the salt in the water, combine ingredients until all the water is absorbed. Stuff into hog casing or make patties.

    The recipe scales easily and there is something special about the ratio of salt to pepper.
  16. As others have said...breakfast or Italian are a good place to start.


    Here are my recipes for Rustic Sweet and Hot Italian Sausage.

    Rustic Sweet Italian Sausage

    1 Kilo (2.2 lbs.) well-fatted pork butt
    2 tsp. Kosher Salt (or to taste)
    2 tsp. Fresh Ground Black Pepper
    2 tsp. Crushed Fennel Seed
    2 tsp. Coarsely Ground Coriander
    2 tsp. Crushed Anise Seed (This is essential.)
    1 Tbsp. Dried Parsley Flakes
    1/2 tsp. Garlic powder
    1 tsp. Sugar
    1/4 cup Ice Water

    For Rustic Hot Italian Sausage add 2 Tbsp. Sweet Paprika and 1/2 a tsp. Ground Cayenne (or to taste).

    Grind through a 3/8 plate, grind half of the freshly ground pork through the same plate once more.

    Mix to combine the meat, salt and seasonings, refrigerate overnight, then mix well until sticky (test the saltiness) and stuff into hog casings.

  17. sam3

    sam3 Smoking Fanatic

    I would do the same. First time I made sausage links was with Sweet Italian. After I finished, it went right into the freezer. I bought the Sausage Maker Sweet Italian mix and followed the directions on the label. It was easier than I thought.

    Good luck!


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