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Water bath, or don't do it?!?!


Meat Mopper
Joined Nov 23, 2016
Question for anyone willing to weigh in. Last time I made summer sausage, I lost a night of sleep because I forgot how long it can take......especially when putting 35 lb. in a smoker that probably shouldn't have that much in it at a time. I ended up finishing in a water bath after 14-16 hours.

Which leads me to my question, sausage turned out very good. I know the advantages of smoking for 2-5 hours and finishing in a water bath......time and a potential for a more consistent product (note I said potential, not guaranteed and this varies by each individual, smoker, etc.....some may be extremely consistent without it). So anyway, knowing the upside, what is the downside?

The one thing I can think of is that I enjoy thinking that I'm doing something the old fashioned way, however, I guess my propane smoker and Kamado Joe aren't really old fashioned, are they? Anyway, I'm open to any thoughts on the topic. Thanks for weighing in.


Smoking Guru
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Joined Jan 4, 2014
There isn't really a down side other than losing a little color on your casings.

It's all up to how one needs/wants to finish the cooking portion. I personally prefer to run mine the entire time in the smoker.

However, I do start and finish several of my sausages in water; chicken, boudin, and a rice based sausage that I make.

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