NFDM in Breakfast Sausage Links?

Discussion in 'Sausage' started by mickey jay, Jun 14, 2016.

  1. mickey jay

    mickey jay Meat Mopper

    Hi All,

    I've got a breakfast sausage recipe that I've been using for years that my family loves, but I've only ever made it bulk.  Tomorrow I'm going to attempt to link it up for the first time using 22-24 sheep casings.  I've started using NFDM in my brats and kielbasa, would you recommend also adding NFDM to the breakfast links?  I'm using Costco pork butts with fat cap included, so fat content should be good; for bulk I normally trim it down to 1/8" or so, but left the fat cap intact this time and included it with the grind.  I've never added NFDM to my bulk recipe and it turns out pretty good, but I know it's a generally good idea for linked sausages to add it, just not sure if anything is different for breakfast links.

    Thanks for any insights!
  2. crazymoon

    crazymoon Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    MJ, I think you will have a nice juicy sausage w/out adding NFDM. It sounds like you'll have plenty of fat in your mix.
  3. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    I agree the sausage will have enough fat,I would not add it. Try the Fassets Breakfast sausage mix

    8 oz. salt
    2 oz. black pepper
    1 oz. sage
    put in ziploc and shake thoroughly, then use ½ oz. per lb. of meat

    However, this time, for those that don't have scales, I also dumped the contents of each into appropriate measuring cups and come out with:

    ¾ cup salt
    ½ cup black pepper
    ½ cup sage
    put in ziploc and shake thoroughly, then use 1 tbsp. per pound of meat

  4. mickey jay

    mickey jay Meat Mopper

    Thanks for the replies; I took your advice and did not add it and they turned out just right!

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