Summer sausage fail

Discussion in 'Sausage' started by chewmeister, Dec 16, 2014.

  1. chewmeister

    chewmeister Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Not sure what went wrong here. Made a batch of summer sausage last weekend with same recipe I've used before except decided to ferment the sausage rather than use Fermento. Used the recommended amount of FL-C and fermented for 24 hours in 85% humidity at 86 degrees. All looked fine, so into the smoker they went. 130 degrees for an hour and then gradually raised temp to 170. Smoked for 12 hours to IT of 150. Problem is the sausage started to render the fat and although the taste is excellent, they are a little dry and somewhat shrunken. Same method of smoking as I always have, but never had them shrink and dry out. Any thoughts?
     
  2. danmcg

    danmcg Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Sounds like a thermometer issue to me. Might have been higher then the 170° it was reading. Well that's my guess.
     
  3. If it's an electric like the MES it can fluctuate above the set point a little bit. I'm definitely looking at the thermometer and temps on this one. Use a high set point of 155 max. You can still cook them safe at longer times and lower finishing temps. Got any pics?
     
  4. chewmeister

    chewmeister Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    I am using an electric smoker with a PID. Temps have been spot on in the past. I'll recheck to see if something is out of whack.
     
  5. PID controllers can sometimes need infrequent reautotuning but that still shouldn't be a larger over shoot for you. although it's still a couple degrees usually. Maybe just the set temp itself was too high? I usually don't set the smoker above 160 when doing sausages. I just hold them at temp alittle longer to be sure of safety. Good luck!
     
  6. hoity toit

    hoity toit Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Do you use a couple of probe thermometers stuck in the summer sausage while it is cooking to monitor the internal temp ? Thats what I do on mine. The fat should not render unless you hit 170* or the bottoms of the chubs are too close to the heat source.

    Below is a pic showing probes.

     
  7. chewmeister

    chewmeister Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    My PID has dual probes, one for cabinet temp and one for meat temp. When not inserted into meat, they both read the same. I've verified meat probe temp with my instant read and always spot on. Next time I'll reduce cook temp and see if that helps.
     
  8. elginplowboy

    elginplowboy Meat Mopper

    Did u ice water bath back down to 100 when pulled from smoker?
     
  9. chewmeister

    chewmeister Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Yes, cooled down after smoking. They had already pulled away from the casings by then.
     
  10. Well I'm just stumped [​IMG]

    All this time spending talking could be time spend making more [​IMG]
     
  11. chewmeister

    chewmeister Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    True, but don't want the same results.
     
  12. Well I will report back to you how my SS comes out with FLC this weekend then. I've got 10 lbs of meat chopped and curing in the fridge. Planning on stuffing and hanging to ferment tonight and then smoke in 24-48 hours. Hopefully better results but we'll see.
     
  13. hoity toit

    hoity toit Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

     Sounds almost like a loss of too much moisture may have caused the shrinkage. I would say go back to using the fermento or use some non-fat dry milk in the mix. That will retain the moisture and binding capabilities. I use either of them in mine and haven't had any issues except when I didn't do the ice bath.
     
  14. chewmeister

    chewmeister Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Maybe don't need to go to 150 IT? My original recipe called for 150 IT, however this one after fermentation called for 140 IT. Want to be safe.
     
  15. hoity toit

    hoity toit Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    I think the general rule of thumb is 152*

    I always take mine to 165* ,but very slowly until right at the end after the stall.
     
  16. chewmeister

    chewmeister Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Let me know how it comes out and what temps you smoke it at. 24-48 hours is a long smoke.
     
    Last edited: Dec 17, 2014
  17. I sure will. The smoke won't be that long...the ferment will. Planning a 24 hour ferment them a smoke the night after after for about 8 hours.
     
  18. Stuffed 5 lbs of the SS and it's currently sitting in the chamber at 80 degrees. I'll pull it tomorrow afternoon for the smoke and stuff the other 5 lbs.


     
  19. crazymoon

    crazymoon Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Anytime  my sausage lost fat was because they  cooked too long or too hot. ??
     
  20. chewmeister

    chewmeister Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Will they get up to IT in 8 hours? Mine took 12 hours and seemed like the smoker temp may have been too high.
     

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