27 pounds of trimmed pork butt = Sausage Sunday!!!!

Discussion in 'Sausage' started by dward51, Jan 31, 2016.

  1. dward51

    dward51 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    The other day, Kroger had pork butts on sale for $0.99 a pound.  I snagged 4 of them, about 9 pounds each.  Wife wanted to make roast pork with one of them but the other 3 are all mine!  I tried to bribe her with a pork loin, but she was not buying it.

    Started by taking out my fillet knife and running it through the Ken Onion knife sharpener I got for Christmas.  If you have never used one of those sharpeners, they are awesome.  I put a hair shaving edge on that fillet knife.  I also ran a couple of other knives through the sharpener since it was out and set up.  But back to the sausage fest....

    Trimmed up, I ended up with 27 pounds 10 ounces.  I'm going to make 10 pounds of a modified version of Fassett's Breakfast Sausage (POP's recipe), and 5 pounds of Italian Sausage. The rest I will vacuum pack and freeze to make sausage with later (already trimmed and cut into strips for grinding).

    So here we go.  Trimming in progress.  Ended up with 27 pounds 10 ounces (approx).

    Fassett's Breakfast Sausage (base mix) - Courtesy of Pop's

    • 8 ounces of Salt (I used Kosher)
    • 2 ounces of Black Pepper
    • 1 ounce of Sage
      • Use 1/2 ounce of this base mix per pound of pork for the original recipe  (all measurements are by weight)
    For 10 pounds of breakfast sausage I'm using the following today.  I'm making a "Pop's meets Jimmy Dean Clone" for lack of a better description.  I keep Fassett's on hand already mixed and just added to it to get today's mix.
    • 10 pounds of ground pork butt
    • 5 ounces Fassett's base mix (by weight - see above)
    • 5 teaspoons dried parsley
    • 2.5 teaspoons dried thyme
    • 2.5 tsp crushed red pepper (I ran it lightly through my Kitchen Aid spice grinder to break up a little)
    • 2.5 tsp ground coriander
    • 2.5 tsp MSG (Accent flavor enhancer)

    Started with 10 pounds of pork butt, trimmed and cut into 1.5" square strips (rough dimension, just something that will fit in your grinder neck).  Some people same make cubes, I go with long strips.  I drop them down and the auger pulls most of them all the way in with no further assistance.  The only time I use the push stick is if I cut one a little too thick and it needs a nudge.  First grind is through the 3/8" course plate.

    Put the 10 pounds through the course plate, added my spices, and then moved to the meat mixer to blend.  You can mix by hand, but I've got two batches of cold sausage to mix and it's so easy in this crank meat mixer.  No frozen hands.  Once mixed, I will let it sit in the fridge overnight so the flavors can meld a little.  Plan is to then grind through a medium plate before forming into patties, freezing and vacuum packing for later use.  I did a small test fry and flavor is spot on excellent.

    Italian Sausage

    (this is a modified version of Stan Marianski's Sweet Italian Sausage on the Len Poli website)

    For 5 pounds of Italian Sausage, I'm using the following today.  I will stuff into natural hog casings tomorrow.  This is a fresh sausage and does not have any cure added.
    • 5 pounds of ground pork butt (2,272.7 grams)
    • 4.5 grams black pepper
    • 40.9 grams salt
    • 4.5 grams white sugar
    • 6.8 grams cracked fennel
    • 1 gram whole fennel (I like fennel)
    • 2.3 grams ground coriander
    • 2.3 grams cracked caraway seed
    • 2.3 grams cracked anise seed
    • 7.5 grams of red pepper flakes.

    I ran the first part of the fennel, the caraway seed, the anise seed, and the red pepper flakes lightly through my Kitchen Aid spice grinder to lightly break them up (cracked). I used a little un-cracked in the final spice mix. The main variation from Stan's recipe here is the use of red pepper flakes instead of cayenne (I used no cayenne as the wife does not like hot), and the addition of anise seed.  I think this is an important flavor missing from most Italian sausage recipes I've seen. 

    Again, first grind in through the 3/8" course plate.  I mixed the spices with the meat in the meat mixer and will regrind through a medium plate tomorrow.  I'm letting this rest in the fridge overnight for the flavors to meld and the meat to be ice cold when I regrind and stuff it into natural hog casings tomorrow.

    More to come tomorrow......
    Last edited: Jan 31, 2016
  2. c farmer

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

    Oh yeah, I am watching this one.
  3. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    That's a ton of sausage! Looking good so far!
  4. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I hope he's got cooling water cut into his grinder......LOL

    I'm watching!
  5. tart

    tart Newbie

    I will have to keep up with this looking and sounding good.
  6. bdskelly

    bdskelly Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Awesome grind! Who Wee you've got a lot going on! b
  7. crazymoon

    crazymoon Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    DW51, I'm in .[​IMG]
  8. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    I'm in

  9. smokinal

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

    I'm in too!

  10. dward51

    dward51 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    And now for the finish of the sausage fest....

    Ran both the Italian and the breakfast sausage through a medium plate to final grind.  Spices were mixed yesterday and allowed to blend over night in the fridge.   Final grind looks like this for the 10 pounds of breakfast sausage.

    Instead of using the food saver vacuum bags, I opted to double wrap them in food service film (the wide roll from Sam's Club).  Wrapped several times, then turned the tails under and wrapped over those.  These will be eaten by the family in about 2 months, so I figured why use 10 of those expensive vac bags.  Weighed them into 1 pound batches and rolled them out like the tubes you buy in the store.  I wanted to get a photo of all 10 pounds rolled up, but the wife spirited them to the freezer while I was retrieving the camera.  So this is what a couple of them look like.

    Then I stuffed the 5 pounds of Italian sausage into natural hog casings.  Linked them up and I'm going to put 3 links per vacuum bag.  They are in the freezer now but I will vacuum them after the links freeze to prevent squeezing them out in the bag.  Did a test fry on the Italian and it is perfect.  The wife is not a huge fan of heat, and these have just enough to hit you on the back end.  If you are thinking of trying these, try them as is first before adding more crushed red pepper or cayenne (I used no cayenne in these).  I think you will be satisfied with the mix as is.

    The remaining trimmed pork butt was vacuum packed into 3 pound batches.  It's cut into strips so I can make more sausage later. Sorry, nothing was cooked up there than a test piece of the remaining in the grinder and stuffer.  So no cooked/smoked photos.

    I also have a calculator for the Pop's Fassett's original breakfast sausage recipe, the Pop's meets Jimmy Dean Clone version, and the Italian from this post.  Just input the number of pounds and your spices are custom calculated.  If there is any interest I will upload them.
  11. c farmer

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

    Where's this calculator you speak of?

    It all looks great.

    Great post . POINTS
  12. driedstick

    driedstick Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Yeppers great looking snausages,,, also curious bout the calculator 

  13. mr t 59874

    mr t 59874 Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Perhaps he is talking about one that I use." Kitchen Calc™"  It is very useful in converting recipe ingredients and numbers of servings.

  14. dward51

    dward51 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Sorry for the delay, but I had to work so I can buy more spices [​IMG]

    Here are the batch calculators for both the breakfast sausage & the Italian.  To use, just input the number of pounds in highlighted box.  The amount of spices to use will calculate in the yellow box area.  The breakfast sausage spreadsheet has both Pop's original version of Fassett's Breakfast Sausage (the 8/2/1 ratio) and the "Fassett's meet Jimmy Dean Clone" version which I made (and really like.  You use the Pop's version as the base and add to it for the clone version.

    Both are Excel 2010 spreadsheets in .xlsx format (if you have the older version of excel, get the free patch from Microsoft and you can still open the newer format files). Should work for any weight of meat you are using.

    Also a correction. 

    The Italian recipe I started with was not on the Len Poli site, it was from the Sausage West site. I had previously saved (it's a PDF), but I also have Stan's book (which I highly recommend). I think I originally found the link in the Wedliny Domowe forum (which is linked on the Len Poli site) to the recipe which is how I got confused on the origin. I had saved it in my notes listing it came from the Len Poli site (my error).  Here is the original PDF I started with and tweaked.

    Last edited: Feb 3, 2016
  15. redheelerdog

    redheelerdog Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member


    Sausage looks great! Very nice indeed. Thanks for the calculators and link, they will come in handy.
  16. whistech

    whistech Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    DWard, that is a lot of sausage and looks delicious.     I especially thank you for posting your "Pops Meets Jimmy Dean  Sausage Recipe".     I've got to give that one a try the next time i make sausage.

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