Liver Sausage

Discussion in 'Sausage' started by lcruzen, Feb 7, 2008.

  1. lcruzen

    lcruzen Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I was cleaning out my freezer over the weekend and found some old freezer burnt liver sausage from a place in Roger City, Michigan called Plath's Meats. I was so dissappointed that I forgot it was in there and lost it. This stuff is incredible and folks who don't like liver like this stuff.

    Anyway, got to thinking about trying to make my own and also how it would taste smoked. Anyone out there with a tried and true recipe and experience with making liver sausage?


  2. gooose53

    gooose53 Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    I'm one of those people who can't eat liver but love liver sausage. I'm going to try to smoke some since you asked the question....let us know if you try it and how it went.
  3. richtee

    richtee Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Liverwurst, Farmer's style, braunschweger or <Sorry Gooose> Goose liver sausage? Rytek Kutas' book has these four. I recommend it to all sausage making fans, "Great Sausage Recipes and Meat Curing" 3rd edition is current, but any edition is awesome.
  4. lcruzen

    lcruzen Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Plath's just calls it liver sausage so I'm not sure what catagory it would fall under. It has a very gray color to it and a rich taste. Very smooth tasting like it has cream cheese in it. Actually, the closest product I've found to it is Koegels liver sausage.

    Next time I'm in a book store I'm grab one of those publications. Thanx for the info!

  5. richtee

    richtee Smoking Guru OTBS Member

  6. white cloud

    white cloud Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Me to, Cant stand liver, when I was a kid my mom would make it and make us eat it. I always cut mine into swallowable sized bits and downed with milk. I must have the first edition from Rytek Kutas. It was a gift in the early 90's. I should get it out again.
  7. geek with fire

    geek with fire Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I just threw up a little bit in my mouth....sorry guys, the only use I've found for liver is bait for the catfish. yuck yuck yuck. I guess my opinion is even further swayed by the fact that the liver was designed by God to rid the blood system of toxins. Sludge is the first thought that comes to my mind....oops I just threw up a little again.

    Of course, if you are then taking the mix and stuffing it into a hose that was originally connected to the hog's hoo-ha, toxins become a moot point.

    Just my gross 2 cents.
  8. richtee

    richtee Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Two words Geek Poop Tube.

  9. white cloud

    white cloud Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    My sediments exactly
  10. pitrow

    pitrow Smoking Fanatic

    lmao... that's how I feel about it too!
  11. funh2o

    funh2o Meat Mopper

    Oh Hahaha. I just finished reading the replies to your post and I was laughing so hard I almost choked on my chew. I myself love liver sausage but try not to eat it to often because it is just packed with cholestrol like any organ meat. Regular liver I can take or leave. I might have a meal or two of it a year. I think the best liver I ever had was from a freshly shot deer. Rolled in flour and fried in butter. It was pretty tasty.
    Now if someone wanted a real challange, maybe take about a two pound piece of Lutefisk and try smoking it. [​IMG] The wife's father loves the stuff and I just can't handle it at all. I would almost bet that someone on this forum has tried smoking it though...hehehe

    Happy Smokin

  12. lcruzen

    lcruzen Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I just got caught up on the posts and you guys are killing me![​IMG]

    I always refered to natural casings as the poop chute also. Sorry to gag you Geek!

    Gotta tell this story though. Back a bunch of years ago when I was in culinary school we had liver and onions on the menu one day and I was tasked with skinning and portioning it. When the chef brought it out and plopped it on the table in the prep area it looked like a 20lb blood clot sitting on my cutting board. To that point I'd never eat any kind of liver but all the time and effort I put into it I had to try it. I have to say fresh, skinned steer liver pan fried quickly to a medium well doneness is excellent.

    Steve, never heard of lutefisk. Anything like haggis?

  13. geek with fire

    geek with fire Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    eek gad. I saw Lutefisk on TV last year. Dehydrated then pickled fish just doesn't do it for me. It makes you wonder what the heck people were thinking. Had to be spawned from shear bordem, a bet, or copious amounts of alcohol (or a combination of a couple)
  14. richtee

    richtee Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Or a need to eat in the dead of a hellish winter. Amazing motovator, hunger is.
  15. funh2o

    funh2o Meat Mopper

    For all you folks wondering what Lutefisk is, I'm hoping to send a link with this thread because I know inquireing minds want to know...hehe

    Here it is...... Lutefisk - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Hope this explaines it for you

    Happy Smokin

  16. erain

    erain Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    here is a liver sausage recipie that has been in the family at least 3 generations. it calls for a hog head but i use som misc trimmings instead.
    if you want to use the hogs head you need to put in a canner and start boiling in water .
    trim heart and liver and cut in chunks, after head has boiled for an hour add liver and heart chunks and boil for one hour more.
    remove meat and refigerate, also refrerate broth left overnight. next day all the fat in liquid will have risen and solidified to top. lift off and discard.
    grind the cooked meat through 3/16 grinder plate.
    per 6# of meat add:
    3 tbl salt
    3 tea pepper
    1 tea minced garlic
    2 quarts of the broth reserved
    stuff in pork casings and tie off in rings, put in boiling water for about a minute and then dip in ice water(i think this tenderizes the casing???)

    i make some every couple years just to remind me of the old days. we bake it in the oven until casing is dark brown and just to the point where one could almost call it burnt. serve on buttered toast-great stuff.
    i know this does not involve smoking and may not be appropriate for here but thought i would put it in any way. if anyone trys this i hope you enjoy!
  17. lcruzen

    lcruzen Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Thanx for the recipe. I'll give it a try sometime in the spring when I can do it outside.
  18. Never had liver sausage, but since living in the south I have been introduced to liver pudding. Tastes great

  19. crockadale

    crockadale Smoking Fanatic

    This is what I found

    The Scandinavian delicacy known as lutefisk - which means, literally, "cod soaked in plutonium"- dates to the Viking era. ...
  20. walking dude

    walking dude Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    my grandfather was from sweden.......come over as a boy.......he LOVED lutefisk...........when my grandparents would visit, my mom would cook it for him.........MAN the SMELL..........*gag*......stunk up the house for DAYS.............ugh......makes me want to unchuck just remembering

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