Made Some Willies Texas Style Hot Links

Discussion in 'Sausage' started by reinhard, Aug 10, 2015.

  1. reinhard

    reinhard Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Wrote that recipe down awhile back and sure enough a friend wanted some hot sausage.  Brought over 5 pounds of pork butt for me to use and he wanted it lightly smoked.  I told him, "What do you think this is a drive up window like McDonalds"? LOL  Oh, well, I had another recipe with jalapenos but  I think Willie's looked hotter and it was.  He was happy with it anyway and that's what it's all about. I thought the links had some heat but also flavor.  For those who do not like much heat, this is not for you.  Here is the recipe again and what I did and a few pics.  Reinhard

    5 pounds pork butt

    12 oz of good beer

    2 T black pepper

    2 T crushed red pepper

    2 T cayenne

    2 T papricka

    3 T kosher salt

    2 T mustard seeds

    1/4 cup diced garlic

    1 tsp cure #1

    1 cup dry'd powdered milk [I added this to retain moisture]

    I ground the pork once with a medium plate.  Spread the powdered milk and mustard seeds over the meat.  Put the rest of the ingredients and cure in the beer and mixed it up and poured it over the meat and mixed it all up good.  Put the sausage mix in the fridge overnight for the spices and cure to meld.  Next day I stuffed it all into hog casings.  Let the casings air dry for a spell and then put them in the smoker with a temp at 130 deg for awhile.  Then I put the temp up to 190 deg with only one load of oak/maple mix for smoke since he only wanted a light smoke.  When the internal was at 155 or so I pulled them out and put them in cold water.  Then took them out when they cooled and let them dry on the counter until they cooled further.  In they went in the fridge again overnight and the next day I vac sealed them.


    Pork ground once.


    Everything is in the mix and all mixed up.  Even looks spicy.


    Didn't take long to link up 5 pounds of these fire sticks.


    That's what a light smoke looks like I guess.


    And the money shot!!!
     
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  2. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Looks good to me.

    Nice job
     
  3. Looks great! Thanks for sharing
     
  4. cal1956

    cal1956 Smoking Fanatic

    nice looking sausage ...great job !!!
     
  5. driedstick

    driedstick Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I will take the same with heavy smoke and a beer please, [​IMG]

    Great looking snausage there - [​IMG]

    DS
     
  6. crazymoon

    crazymoon Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    RH, excellent looking sausage , well done sir ![​IMG]
     
  7. reinhard

    reinhard Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Thanks everyone.  This recipe came from this forum.  The only thing I changed was adding the powdered milk.  If you like it hot then this is it.  Reinhard.
     
  8. driedstick

    driedstick Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Reinhad how do you think this would be in a snack stick?? 

    DS
     
     
  9. Nice sausage, wishing I had a link and a slice of light bread. You did good. Thanks for the photos and recipe. CF
     
  10. waterinholebrew

    waterinholebrew Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Very nice job, I've made them before & they are awesome ! Yours look really good ! Thumbs Up
     
  11. reinhard

    reinhard Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Thanks again everyone!!! Driedstick, I think they would be great as sticks.  I would like to try it with 80/20 ground beef with sticks.  Reinhard.
     
  12. danmcg

    danmcg Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Nice lookin hot links Reinhard!
     
  13. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Nice looking sausage, but I would expect that. So 5 pounds of meat with 2T of flake and another 2T of cayenne?

    The powdered milk and the beer is to start putting out the fire before you eat it?  I know, I know....LOL

    I can't wait for some cooler weather, I can make sausage and hang 'em from the patio awning and cook 'em right now.

    <copies the recipe in case of nuclear holocaust>

    Nicely done.
     
  14. reinhard

    reinhard Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Thanks Foam, and yes those measurements are correct.  When I first saw them I thought it was a typo but that recipe hasn't changed and that's how I made it.  It had more heat on my taste test pattie, but that's without it being smoked.  Smoking does temper it a bit but there is heat but it has flavor.  Didn't mind it a bit. Reinhard
     
  15. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Reinhard They do look tempting,I would have to cut back on some of the heat.

    Richie
     
  16. crankybuzzard

    crankybuzzard Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Looks great, and the juice running shows how well the moisture was retained!
     
  17. nepas

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

    Looks real good.

    Nice job
     
  18. driedstick

    driedstick Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I think I may try this recipe this weekend also, but in a snack stick form, 

    You said 12oz of good beer?? is there any bad beer?? [​IMG]  

    What flavor beer did you use? 

    Thanks

    DS
     
  19. reinhard

    reinhard Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I had some Bud Light on hand. Reinhard
     

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