Pork sirloin roast for sausage?

Discussion in 'Sausage' started by zoahed, Jan 20, 2012.

  1. I'm new to this stuff but, I am wondering if a pork sirloin roast is ok to use for brats or bologna?  Local super market has them on sale pretty cheap and was thinking about grabbing a couple to give it a try.  
  2. dutch

    dutch Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Your pork sirloin may not have enough fat to achive a good 80/20 ratio.  If you can, find some additional back fat to add to it.

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    Enjoy the Smoke!
    Last edited: Jan 20, 2012
  3. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Sirloin Roasts are Tasty but lean...Think 4 to 1 Roast to additional Fat...JJ
  4. couger78

    couger78 Smoking Fanatic

    I've used lean pork loins (less than 10% fat) for sausage (not necessarily recommended as it's a bit $$ for making sausage), but as Dutch mentioned, your cut is TOO lean to not be supplemented with additional fat.

    For me, pork butts are ideal for sausage as the fat/lean ration is already present.

    - Kevin
    Last edited: Jan 20, 2012
  5. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Way too lean and usually more expensive than the butt which is nearly perfect for sausage.

    The sirloin roasts make excellent roasts, chops, and Canadian Bacon at a very reasonable price.

    Most of the respected sources recommend 25 to 30% fat for a standard pork sausage.  You could use the sirloin, but you would have to add fat.

    Good luck and good smoking.
    Last edited: Jan 20, 2012
  6. plj

    plj Meat Mopper

    You can make sausage out of anything, so if they're on sale cheap enough, go for it! 

    I do agree with the advice given above though, if butts are cheper buy them, and if the sirloin is cheaper then simply add some fat or use cooking techniques for ultra-low fat meats.

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