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venison sausage - which wood?

gkainz

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I've pretty much always used apple wood chips for smoking venison sausage. My kids bought a couple of bags of wood chips for me to try - which do you think I should try first? The Apple, Cherry or Maple?
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salmonclubber

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hello gkainz

i use cherry mostly for poultry and fish and i use apple for bacon poultry and i have not used maple but i would try it for the sausage or i would try the apple i mainly use hickory on all my sausage i like it best just use what ever you like
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pigcicles

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Howdy gkainz. Everyone uses hickory, cherry is good on lighter meats, you already use a lot of apple. I think if I were wanting to try something new, I'd go with the maple.

Just my opinion

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gkainz

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Thanks, guys. It's a sort-of breakfast blend of sausage. Sort of, because I took an old standby family recipe and threw a few more spices into the mix, like Monterey Steak Spice instead of just black cracked pepper, a little red pepper flake and some bbq rub. The meat is 30% venison, 20% elk and 50% pork.

I took the familiar way out and grabbed the apple, but maple is next on the list to try. Right now I'm trying to smoke the sausage in a freakin' blizzard, as the winds kicked up and is swirling snow all over the yard. I'm having a heck of a time keeping the temps regulated - guess I'm going to start draping tarps up for wind blocks ...

Greg
 

cheech

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For breakfast sausage I would have gone with the apple too. Good choice
 

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