My meat grinder is on the way

Discussion in 'Sausage' started by redwood carlos, May 1, 2013.

  1. I made some of pops sausage from rib trimmings over the weekend with my grandmother's manual grinder. VERY GOOD BTW!!!  It was quite time consuming and messy (maybe I was doing something wrong)

    As I am sure you all know it feels great to know what you are eating in your ground meats. Never being one to want to buy an entry model only to have to upgrade soon after, and based on suggestions I read here, I went straight for the 3/4 hp Cabela's. [​IMG]Looking forward to a good BBQ and grilling season of experimentation.

    Thanks to all of you who have taken the time to share your processes and Qview so that I felt comfortable trying this out. I am so happy I did, my wallet not so much. [​IMG](I did get it on a sale that apparently is over)

    I do have a few questions that I was hoping to get some opinions on.

    Any suggestions on specific casings that work well for you or you like using?

    I see many of you use a stuffer. What are the benefits if any to this, as opposed to stuffing from the grinder?

    Which tubed meat should I attempt first based on success rate?

    I read alot about toughening up of casings. Any personal tips to keep the casings from getting hard?

    Oh and one more thing any recipes of course would be great.

    Links to any threads on the above questions work well too.

    Thanks again,

  2. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Carlos, morning.... Congrats on the new grinder.....  You will love it.....    

    Stuffer, I have the Grizzly 5# vertical... LEM makes a good one... and Sausage Maker, a sponsor on this site, has very nice vertical stuffers...  

    When I make sausage, I prefer natural casings for that "Old World" sausage style... I love the "snap" you get from natural casings... 

    I mostly make Andouille Sausage.... a spicy Cajun sausage for jambalaya..... we eat that alot... 

    Using a vertical stuffer, makes sausage making easy... using a grinder/stuffer can be a PITA when it comes to making sausage....  If you plan on making large batches of sausage, a 15#  electric stuffer with a foot switch would be handy.... 

    There are many neat tools to make you life easier.....

  3. Thanks for the reply Dave. I'm looking forward to making plenty of goodies. I will have to add anouille to the growing list. Not sure I will be able to swing the stuffer quite yet, but if the grinder doesn't gather much dust, I may have to get one. I can see how the stuffer would help any man without three arms.

    Supposedly it will be showing up Friday, just in time for some burgers. I plan to try the 1/3 sirloin; 1/3 brisket; 1/3 oxtail mix.
    Last edited: May 2, 2013
  4. boykjo

    boykjo Sausage maker Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Dave's got you covered..............[​IMG]
  5. woodcutter

    woodcutter Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Oxtail in burgers sounds good.
  6. It was PDG but a PIA. ;)
  7. You will love the cabelas grinder I had th 1/2 hp and now sold it to get the 1 hp, they are the best out there. If you want some recipes I would get the sausage book by rytek kutas it has a lot of good info for making sausaage
  8. jp61

    jp61 Master of the Pit ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Congrats on the new grinder! I'm pretty sure you'll love it, it's solid and powerful.
  9. I am happy with the grinder. Finding a good place to store it is a different story. I will look into that book. I have two friends that want to get some sausages made asap. Funny how people just start letting you know what their favorite sausage is when you bring up the fact that you own a grinder. I was over at a friends family BBQ, and the dad says I really like a good garlic sausage, not too much heat though I can handle that anymore. Seems I am making some garlic sausage amongst the first batch. [​IMG]
  10. you will love your grinder!!  I use a LEM 3/4hp and love it!!

    as far as recipes and general info I found this book excellent:

    I ended up getting the 5lb LEM stuffer.  Once I figured out what I was doing it was simple.  The first attempt was pretty pathetic.  but you'll learn

    there are also great recipes on here too.  Enjoy!
  11. That is the one weinnmann recommended. Anyone with that name must know his tubed meats so I ordered it on his recommendation. Glad to see a second recommendation to back it up.

    Like I said I have friends that are ready to get grinding asap.
  12. It really is a great book that will teach you not only about recipes and different styles of sausage but about safety when making sausage.

    Here is a simple recipe we use for sausage

    5 lbs meat

    1 table spoon salt

    1 table spoon black pepper

    3/4 teaspoon sage, this will have to be adjusted to taste

    1 clove of garlic minced

    1/2-1 cup water depending on your stuffer, if using a horn stuffer use 1 cup if using vertical stuffer or stuffing with a grinder use 1/2 cup.

    add cure if smoking, cant remember the amount off the top of my head like the rest of the ingredients.

    And always disolve the cure in the water if you are using it. I also measure out the water from boiling water then add the minced garlic and put in the fridge to cool it back off, this seems to help get the garlic taste all through the meat.


    we use the cure even if we are not smoking it because it gives that nice red color and makes it more appetizing

    1/2 pound of high temp cheese, don't try the normal cheese at the store it turns to liquid and is not as good

    usually we go a little heavier on the garlic because we like garlic, 2 cloves per 5 pounds is right for us.

    from there its all in what you want, Cayenne pepper to spice it up, red pepper flakes jalapenos just don't add the juice if they are store bought ones that are cut up already some can be really salty and leave a weird taste.

    As far as the book goes try the bratwurst recipe and the breakfast sausage recipe they are both good. The brat recipe is spot on johnsonville taste to me.

    AI know where you are coming from with friends asking for sausage last year we did over 300 pounds for friends and family and we turned some of them away because we did not have time. It can be very fun and very rewarding when someone asks where you got the hot dogs at a bbq cause they wanna buy some and then you tell them you made them. Biggest thing for us is we try new things in very small batches to see how we like it, nothing worse than throwing out 10 lbs of meat because it tastes much different than you thought it would.

    Any other questions just ask and we will try to help you out
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  13. Oh and one last thing my name is a full German name and they have been known to make a decent tasting sausage over the years, some of the recipes we have are passed down for many years and if it wouldnt have been for me some of them would have been lost. No one else at my age in the family has wanted to keep it going but I still make some for the family.
  14. Oh boy! The fact that it is a family name gives you far and beyond the credit a screen name gives. Thank you for your posts, and recipe.

    A few quick questions:

    1. I plan to just grill these fresh, so I do not need the cure right?

    2. 5lbs meat. Any meat?

    3. I live just north of Gilroy (Nickname: Garlic Capital of the Nation and World) So, I am a bit partial to garlic. I have been known to double and triple recipes, and heck some of them I go off the scale with the garlic. What would you recommend the max amount of garlic to put in these?
  16. Sounds good I'll probably add a bit of loin.

    I have a WSM 22.5" I could smoke it in, with the mini weber as a smoke box, or an amps. Hopefully I can get up to speed on curing/smoking meats in time for my camping trip in August.
    Last edited: May 8, 2013
  17. Its really a taste preference but I think it can really change how a sausage tastes sometimes good and somtimes not as good. I prefer this sausage fresh but I do most of my brats smoked, no casings just a meat log smoked to form a skin and they are great.

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