Italian Sausage, My second smoke! HELP?

Discussion in 'Pork' started by bigheadz, Apr 11, 2011.

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  1. bigheadz

    bigheadz Newbie

    So Saturday evening spring was in the air and I decided to smoke some Italian Sausage to take for a picnic on a hiking excursion we went on Sunday down in Shawnee National Forest!  This was kind of a last moment idea and I got a late start, so no prep work was done here, what you see is what you get.  I decided on Hickory Wood Chips this time.


    I had read some earlier posts about smoking ground sausage, so I made some patties as well.


    The smoker was loaded up around 7:30 pm, with the heat being regulated anywhere from 275-300 degrees.  My target temp was to be 170 degrees with a estimated cook time of three hours.  


    After 1:45 I had the sausage patties on the bottom at 170 and pulled everything out!

    I was a little concerned that it didn't take the full 3 hours.


    The Italian sausage links, appeared to be done and had a good smoky flavor.  I had read that they would turn red like a hotdog.


    This is where I become concerned, they Italian Sausage patties turned out to have a real red color as well.  I was not expecting this.  When I tore them apart they also appeared to have a red tint to them as well.  I am assuming that the smoking process does not turn the sausage to the sausage the same color as say frying them. I am also concerned that by actually probing ground sausage on the bottom rack that I wasn't getting an accurate temperature reading.   I did taste one and it had great summer sausage type of flavor, and had a done texture.  Please note there is no marinade or seasoning on these patties.


    Do Sausage patties always turn out with this color?
  2. adiochiro3

    adiochiro3 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Yep.  That's the smoke ring we all strive for -- it just looks a little different in ground meat.  Many people think the meat is not done because it looks pink/reddish.  Common concern with smoking, but absolutely unfounded if you hit 170*.  Enjoy without concern!
  3. smokinal

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

    Yep, X2
  4. fpnmf

    fpnmf Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looks good to me! 

  5. realtorterry

    realtorterry Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

  6. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    The look perfect to me...

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