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Discussion in 'Sausage' started by lowcountrygamecock, Feb 18, 2010.
What's the estimated time and smoker temp for smoking fresh/raw sausage or bratwurst?
If by smoking you mean cooking the sausages with smoke to an internal temperature of 150* or so, about 10 to 12 hours should do it. Smoker temps are around 160* to 170*F. That is not fresh, but has to have nitrite cure included in the spice mix.
If you mean cold smoking for flavor, but still not cooked, I do mine about 4 hours. But it still gets nitrite cure added to the spice mix. Smoker temps reflect the heat generated by whatever method is used to generate the cold smoke. I like to see mine running around 70* to 80* F.
In both cases, it helps to let the stuffed sausage hang at room temps for a couple hours or so to dry out the casings. They don't take smoke if the casings are not dry.
The danger when smoking is botulism poisoning. The spores go active and start producing poison when temps are between 40* and 140* F in combination with a moist, oxygen free environment. Exact conditions found inside a sausage smoker when cold or hot smoking sausage. Nitrite cure stops the spores from going active. You don't smoke sausage without it.
+1 on the Warden.
If it is truly a fresh sausage mix without any cure, they should be either frozen right away or cooked/grilled/boiled. No more than 1-2 days in the fridge before doing one of the above.
I have hot smoked sausage in the smoker at around 225 and if its pork I usually take it to 160 and this normally takes about an hour and a half give or take for a hog casing sized sausage. This sausage was not cured but had been frozen then defrosted.
Or if it's fresh sausage without any cure in it, you can cure that fresh sausage just like you would bacon. Then smoke it as low and slow as you want.
It works great.