1st Summer Sausage

Discussion in 'Sausage' started by chopper1, Mar 8, 2016.

  1. Made a 10 lb. batch on Sunday.

    I used 8 lbs. of 90/10 Ground Beef & 2 lbs. Pork Butt.

    I thought for my first time I would rely on a premixed kit & went with PS Seasonings Garlic Summer Sausage.

    I did add about 3 T. of freshly ground Peppercorns in the entire meat mixture and about 3 T. of chopped Jalepenos in half

    of it. I also added 1 C. of NFDM to the 10 lb. mixture.

    I soaked the casings (LEM Fibrous) for an hour or so in hot water and Vinegar. I read that will help keep the casing from sticking to the meat and whether that was it or not it works perfectly. Casing peels off nicely after slicing sausage.

    This was also the first time using my Weston Realtree 7lb. Stuffer and it worked tremendously.

    Overall I'm very happy with how it turned out. I do prefer the Hi Mountain Garlic/Black Pepper mix that a friend of mine used a couple of months ago, but this still resulted in a better tasting sausage than many I've bought in stores.

    Put sausages in the smoker at 120* for about an hour with no wood chips.

    Then I added Hickory chips & bumped it up to 140* for an hour.

    Then 160* for an hour with smoke followed by 175* for the remainder which took longer than I had expected.

    Into an ice bath for an hour, then hung them in the garage to bloom for a couple of hours.

    Very little shrinkage. No Fat Out. It exceeded my expectations for my first attempt & now I think I'm hooked.

    Looking forward to trying out flavors & methods. My wonderful wife helped throughout the entire project & it was really neat.

    I have to thank a lot of you people on this Forum because without me having read many, many posts of successes & failures I couldn't have had this turn out this well the first time and I really appreciate this website & the people that are on here.

    Here are a few pics:

    tropics, kepner and smokinal like this.
  2. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Nicely done Sausage looks great,the added spices really show.points

  3. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Great job !!!!   Congrats........  [​IMG]
  4. bkleinsmid

    bkleinsmid Smoking Fanatic

    Chopper........very nice. Looks like a winner.

    I just got that same seasoning mix last week. I haven't even opened the box yet. I noted your additions in seasoning.......now that you have tried it, would you do anything else?


  5. Thanks guys!

    Forgot to say that I also added a T. of Mustard Seeds.

    Brad, I think the only thing I'd do different (besides make more) would be to have added more chopped Jalepenos.

    I think some small cubes of Hi-Temp Cheese would have been great in there too.

    I see a lot of people use 80/20 Beef but I actually like the lean (yet not dry) way this turned out.

    You won't be disappointed with the PS Seasoning in my opinion.

    Good Luck, can't wait to hear about your results!

  6. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Awesome job with the SS, and getting the wife involved!


  7. Thanks Al!
    Yes....its always more fun doing this kind of stuff when the wife is on board with it.
  8. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Looks great
  9. whistech

    whistech Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Great looking summer sausage Chopper1.

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