Last weekend's sausage and brats

Discussion in 'Sausage' started by gersus, Mar 24, 2012.

  1. gersus

    gersus Smoking Fanatic

    Went to nearest butcher (40 min away) last weekend and bought four nice butts at $1.89/lb. Total 37lb. 

    Ground it all up, saved three pieces for BBB, mixed most of it up but saved some for later sausage use.

    I did a small batch of Legg's Tuscan fresh sausage. Just mixed it as bulk and froze it.

    8lb batch of Legg's SS stuffed into 11/2'' x 12'' casings. 

    2lb of lpoli's Johnsonville brat clones.

    and.... a small batch of an experiment sausage bwahahaha :)

    Oh, and I got to try out my new toy, a Maverick ET-732 I bought from Todd! 


    Here is the mix of the "experimental sausage" 


    and here is the secret ingredient...


    yep, I chopped up some awesome tasting home canned pickles! Man they are good so I thought maybe they'd be good in a sausage! The dilemma was what type of sausage to mix them with. I didn't want to take away from the nice pickle flavor so I did a basic non-spicy snack stick type of mix. Just garlic, a little mustard seed, some sugar, and a little chipotle. 


    The casings in the above pic started out as clear. I love the finished color!

    As always, I let them hang in the smokehouse at 120 or so to dry, then bumped it up to 140 for a few hours then finished at 170. Took about 8 hours. Put the sausage in an ice bath for about 20 min, then in the fridge for two days, then vac sealed. 



    With the Legg's SS mix I added high temp cheese and 3tbs of cultured buttermilk powder.


    I had a pic of the brats all browned up and on the plate but it got lost somehow. They were sure good though! I call my wife the brat nazi because she is super picky and only likes J-ville brats but she loves these!!! I'm glad, I wasn't looking forward to trying a dozen recipes before finding one she approved of.

    The pickle sausage.... wasn't bad. Needs some fine tuning though.

    The SS was really good. I'm not much of a SS guy but it was really good. 

    BBB is still in the fridge curing. I'm antsy to get it in the smokehouse!!!!!!

    Thanks for looking!
  2. realtorterry

    realtorterry Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    [​IMG]        Just awesome!!!    I bet the brat nazi got your pic of the browned brats too!!
  3. slownlow

    slownlow Smoking Fanatic

    Wow I think I've seen it all now pickle and sausage stix!!     I would defin, try them though.  Everything looks really good.  Nice job.
  4. africanmeat

    africanmeat Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    looks very yummy
  5. boykjo

    boykjo Sausage maker Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Great looking sausage gers....................... [​IMG]

  6. Looks great!!
  7. kadoka

    kadoka Smoke Blower

    Having trouble finding buttermilk powder. Is it mail order or found in grocery stores? Thanks
  8. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    That is some great looking sausage 
  9. gersus

    gersus Smoking Fanatic

    Thanks everyone!

    Kadoka- I bought it at my local grocery store. It was near the dry milk etc.
  10. johnnie walker

    johnnie walker Smoking Fanatic

    Gersus, now that's something different, pickles in beef stix. It does sound good! That's thinking outside the box.
  11. solaryellow

    solaryellow Limited Mod Group Lead

    Nice job! I like the outside the box thinking on the pickle sausage. Maybe an all beef sausage with pickles, bacon, and high temp cheese for a bacon cheeseburger sausage?
  12. Them look good!
  13. X2, I found it at Walmart.
  14. scrappynadds

    scrappynadds Smoking Fanatic

    I was wondering what i was going to q today........Brat's it is.......Yours look great.
  15. gersus

    gersus Smoking Fanatic

    Ya never know, Solar. Might be good!

    Thanks everyone!

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