Differences between sausages??

Discussion in 'Sausage' started by dougmays, Nov 16, 2011.

  1. dougmays

    dougmays Limited Mod Group Lead

    Ok as someone who cooks alot, knows a decent amount about foods and recipes, i feel alittle dumb not knowing this...and it's something i've wondered for YEARS!

    What is the difference between sausages....ok broad question...but "breakfast sausages" which i think are the same as "Italian sausage" and kielbasa (sp?) have never suited me proper...usually i'll eat one link and i'll feel a little sick to my stomach or just plain wont each another.

    On the other hand "hickory smoked sausage" that you buy at the store (johnsonville and other popular brands) i absolutely love!  For some reason the before mentioned "types" of sausages have a tangyness (for lack of a better term) that i dont like.  This type of sausage does not have that.

    Also what is summer sausage? is that another term for pepperoni? because i also love this kind! 

    most sausages are pork (unless you specifically buy turkey) correct? so is it all about the spices and herbs? Maybe it's the "Italian" or "herby" flavor i do not like and maybe i like the kinds with less "seasoning"

    ok not sure if my ramblings made sense but this has been a burning question on my mind for atleast 20 years haha
  2. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

  3. smokinal

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

    Sounds like JJ has you covered.
  4. shoneyboy

    shoneyboy Master of the Pit OTBS Member

  5. nepas

    nepas Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    What JJ said
  6. fpnmf

    fpnmf Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Hey Doug!!

      The summer sausage that I brought was venison and pork with an AC Leggs mix and smoked with hickory. Fairly simple.

    Here is a great site that lists lots of different recipes and why they taste like they do!!


  7. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    JJ gave you excellent info and Craig sent you an excellent link.

    The sausage trail is long and winding, but it sure is a fun trip.

    Good luck and good smoking.
  8. dougmays

    dougmays Limited Mod Group Lead

    Thanks JJ....

    so i guess my preference is Cured and Smoked haha

    when i said tangy that was just a bad word choice...not spoiled.  maybe i'm mildy allergic to a certain ingrediant in those types of sausges that i do not like...beacause the taste gets to me and i feel a little sick in my stomach when i eat it...even italian sausage on a pizza hut pizza. haha

    great info here!
  9. dwolson

    dwolson Fire Starter

    I recommend Michael Ruhlman's book Charcuterie.  I think he does a pretty good job exploring the basics of the craft.
  10. boykjo

    boykjo Sausage maker Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    If your talking pizza hut sausage or store bought then you must never had good sausage...... I'll pm you with some ideas.......

  11. Watch for MSG. There are, at least, 10 different names for MSG, so do a search. I have the opposite problem. I think the nitrates nauseate me.

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