My first Crack at breakfast sausage

Discussion in 'Sausage' started by allingamer, Mar 20, 2017.

  1. allingamer

    allingamer Fire Starter

    So apparently I thought today was a good day to do up breakfast meats. Made my first ever batch of breakfast sausage. Flavor came out great, can't wait to try some more. Was also my first experience with sheep casings, kind of a pita, but thinking it's because of my lack of knowledge with them. Ended up with 9 bags of 6 4" links.



    Also had a pork belly I had been curing since the 9th. So figured today was a good day to get some smoke on it. I think I got some pretty good color on it.



    Thanks for looking.

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  2. crankybuzzard

    crankybuzzard Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Looks great from here! Sheep casings are a bit of a pain, but after a while you get the hang of it.

    The bacon looks good, when's the first fry?

    Points for your first breakfast sausage making!
     
  3. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Looks great, remember that the bacon really benefits from a day or two's rest in the reefer to mellow after smoking.

    I have breakfast links on tap for tomorrow. Small batch 4 pounds, anytime I see pork under a dollar a pound I gotta make something.

    Don't know how experienced you are but yes, sheep can be the pits. I so Highly recommend you rinse them out and allow a day or two in water to loosen before attempting to stuff. LOL.... ya know I just put the mojo on me for tomorrow. Will no doubt now be the worst sheep casing I ever try and load and/or stuff.....  but it is all about having fun! Its how we learn and have fun. AND we can drink at home while playing and not need to drive home...LOL

    Looks great to me, I hope mine stuff as well.

    Oh, and thank you for your service. [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Mar 21, 2017
  4. crazymoon

    crazymoon Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    NH
    AIG, Good looking sausage and PB!
     
  5. smokinal

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

  6. allingamer

    allingamer Fire Starter

    @cranky-Thanks for the point. Bacon will get nice rest in fridge for day or two before slicing

    @foam-thanks. My biggest issue was that I couldn't get them untangled. Felt like a big knot.

    @al-thanks for the tip. I have read the thread, maybe my issue was not soaking them long enough.

    Even with the issues I had, I want to make more. The more I use them the better I'll get with them right
     
  7. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    @foam-thanks. My biggest issue was that I couldn't get them untangled. Felt like a big knot.

    I loved mind puzzles as a kid, heck even as an adult, but sometimes after a long bout I have been known to "trim" back the casings....LOL

    I usually find when its a bad birds nest that there is more casings in the knot than I think. They hide so well together and you don't notice 'em, then at some point they'll seperate and cause all the problems.

    <knock on wood> I seperated out some yesterday AM and I was happily relieved without a single problem. That being said, I am about to go and stuff 'em and now I'll no doubt have blow outs...LOL

    Now when ya get really frustrated think about your Pop or your grandpa gutting the pig and having to clean those casing out out. LOL..... I become much less frustrated when I have a smile on my face.
     
    Last edited: Mar 21, 2017
  8. danmcg

    danmcg Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Great looking links!
     
  9. allingamer

    allingamer Fire Starter

    So finally got the bacon sliced and tasted it. Yummmm. I had forgotten how much better home made bacon tastes compared to store bought. I so need to invest in a slicer.



     
    Last edited: Mar 26, 2017
  10. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    Those slices look great for being Knife sliced

    Richie
     
  11. allingamer

    allingamer Fire Starter

    Thanks. The blister on my finger says I need a slicer before I make another batch of bacon.
     
  12. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

  13. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Good looking bacon!

    Where that blister like a badge of honor! Its like the calluses you develop on your finger tips when playing guitar! 
     
  14. crankybuzzard

    crankybuzzard Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Great slices for sure! Patience must be strong with you!

    You're correct, homemade is a lot better than the stuff at the store.
     
  15. Those look good! They look similar to the ones I make at work. Sheep casing can be a pita for sure. The tear and twist very easily.
     
  16. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Both look great but to give an accurate appraisal of your efforts, tasting is required. Send me some and I'll get back to you!

    No need to thank me, I am glad to help.

    Disco
     
  17. To avoid blisters put on some medical tape when you feel it getting just a little sore. Not a bandage, just tape.  

    If the knife has a little ridge from the mold seam try sanding or trimming it just a little.  Finger nail files/emery boards work pretty well.

    You did a very good slicing.  I'm not as good at getting them so even.  
     

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