Brats for today and the start of Labor Day Weekend on Mini WSM!

Discussion in 'Sausage' started by texas ray, Aug 30, 2013.

  1. texas ray

    texas ray Smoke Blower

    Beginning of Smoke!

    Just about ready!

    Supper is served!

    Brat on Hoagie - Wish I had remember to add the Provolone!

  2. That's a fine looking meal man  [​IMG]   Did you make the brats?
  3. texas ray

    texas ray Smoke Blower

    I bought the Brats at Schnuck's for 1/2 price ($5.65 for package of 10; purchased 2 packages).  I also bought two Pork Butts at .99 cents a pound.  We had planned to have Sour Kraut, but the jar in our daughter's refer was bad.  

    I plan to try sausage making in the future and SMF will be a great educational resource for that.  We have a German friend at home in Texas who was raised in East Germany and left when President Reagan's action resulted in the wall coming down.  Hagan brought us a some of his homemade Brats and Sour Kraut last year and both were outstanding.  He also has a WSM Bullet 22.5", so maybe I can introduce him to this forum. Thanks for your comments! [​IMG]
    Last edited: Aug 31, 2013
  4. Good plan  [​IMG]   Once you start making your own sausages you won't wanna go back to the store bought stuff  [​IMG]    [​IMG]
  5. texas ray

    texas ray Smoke Blower

    OK!  I ordered a Waring Pro Meat grinder today from J.C. Penney.  It is on Labor Day sale for $79.99.  I am looking for some good beginner sausage recipes.  This meat grinder has a 300-watt motor,  reverse function, repositions any trapped ingredients to maximize output and make cleaning easy, and includes 2 sausage attachments and 3 cutting plates. Die-cast metal hopper and brushed stainless steel housing. Imported.  I hope this is a good one for small home sausage making and meat grinding.  Thanks!

    BTW:  Great looking sausage on your Labor Day post --
    Last edited: Sep 2, 2013
  6. Thanks Ray  [​IMG]    There are lots of great recipes on here if you do a quick search. Any specific type you are wanting to start with? Also if you have anything you're not sure about feel free to send me a PM  [​IMG]   Welcome to the sausage making club  [​IMG]
  7. texas ray

    texas ray Smoke Blower

    I am thinking a breakfast sausage would be good to start with.  My father and father-in-law used to make sausage using the old antique manual grinders.  We still have one of them - it has "Climax 55" on the side.  That thing has to be at least 70+ years old.
  8. Here is a great proven recipe to start with   I make it on a regular basis & it is good fresh sausage. Try a small batch & see what you think then customize it if you need to so that it is awesome for your tastes  [​IMG]
  9. jckdanls 07

    jckdanls 07 Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    I agree... this is a good recipe... adjusted it a lil to my taste... a little less salt and a little more sage.... Ray, cut this recipe in half for your first run as it makes quite a bit....
  10. texas ray

    texas ray Smoke Blower

  11. texas ray

    texas ray Smoke Blower

    I will definitely do this and thanks much!
  12. You're quite welcome!  [​IMG]
  13. texas ray

    texas ray Smoke Blower

    I tried this recipe and it was good, but for my taste needed to add some more spices.  To the same I added oregano, cumin, red pepper flakes, and fennel seed. It was an outstanding blend as far as my taste goes.

    I also made my first Bratwurst and will post the pictures on a new thread.  Thanks for your suggestions.

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