Best sausage for smoking?

Discussion in 'Sausage' started by dixiedog11, Mar 20, 2013.

  1. I am fairly new to smoking.  I am smoking a chicken tomorrow night and thought I would smoke some sausage while I was at it.  I am not into making my own.  What would be the best kind to get from the grocery to use?

  2. kathrynn

    kathrynn Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I love to smoke brats....and use the Johnsonville brand.  Take about 2 hours....or less....and they are so good.  You won't grill them ever again after smoking them.

    My 2 cents!

  3. I am a fan of mild Italian on the grill. Might have to try some in the smoker next time.
  4. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    I have done Brats as well, they are tasty. I think just about any sausage is good with some smoke on it, even Hot Dogs!...JJ
  5. double rr

    double rr Fire Starter

    i like the hillshire farm beef smoked sausage its really good
  6. boykjo

    boykjo SAUSAGE MAKER Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Hey DD. Please fill out your location in your profile. its times like these where members in your area can steer you in the right direction for some local sausage that are available


  7. tjnamtiw

    tjnamtiw Fire Starter

    Unless your sausage is pre-cooked, make sure when you smoke them that they get to 152 degrees or more to kill the trichinosis that WILL be in them.  Usually, when you are making sausage to smoke, you put in some dry milk or soy protein concentrate to cut back on the shrinkage but there's nothing you can do about store-bought sausage.

    Now you made me hungry again!
  8. Can you inject sausage?
  9. boykjo

    boykjo SAUSAGE MAKER Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Not a common practice injecting sausage. What are you trying to accomplish....You can pickle sausage just as long as it has been cured and cooked.
  10. I was just wondering about drying out. I read that others inject meat, I just wondered if it was true for sausage.
  11. s2k9k

    s2k9k AMNPS Test Group

    Good sausage should have enough fat content that it won't dry out as long as you don't overcook it.
  12. donr

    donr Smoking Fanatic

    I have smoked Both mild & Hot Italian sausage links.  As well as Mexican Brand Chorizo (Sold at the grocery around here).  All are still juicy and have their flavor enhanced.  

  13. boykjo

    boykjo SAUSAGE MAKER Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    I would assume others inject meat to add different flavers, not just to add moisture. even with injecting, meat can become dry if improperly cooked. The leaner the meat the easier it would be to dry out with less fat content. Sausage usually is 70/30 lean to fat ratio so there is enough fat content to keep sausage moist and it also acts as a binder. If you want to make/cook fresh lean sausage and not dry it out I would hot smoke it (180 degrees smoker temp) take IT to 130 then steam to 160. Fresh sausage needs to cooked from 40 to 140 in 4 hrs.
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  14. Fresh sausage and hot dogs are awesome smoked. You should remember to adhere to the 40-140° in four hours rule to keep from getting sick. Wieners do have cure #1 in them already I think but the fresh sausage does not and should cook above 140° internal temp within 4-hours....I like using hickory and cherry chips or pellets on my sausage....I made 40# last weekend. Will be posting pics when I get around to it..[​IMG]
  15. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Used to smoke two or three whole chub bags at a time of venison breakfast sausage when in W.Texas. Slice it, eat it on a bun with BBQ sauce...... Excellent with some cold longnecks!

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