Summer Sausage End Results Would appreciate some feed back please

Discussion in 'Sausage' started by turkey mama, Dec 11, 2011.

  1. Okay so started at 120 degrees for 1 hr, then to 150-160 for 4 hours, had trouble keeping heat down, then bumped up to 176 for hours, end results bumped up to 200 and finished 10 1l2 hrs later.  About 9 lbs of beef and pork with PS Seasoning.  The temps dropped to 15 degrees.  So long cook, chilled in cold water and then hung to dry for 2 hrs.  Question, can anyone tell me how to keep the end that hangs down from shriveling.  Sausage was great and the texture was also great.  Has anyone laid their sausage down on the grates to smoke.  Also I left the water pan out, should I have left it in, but with no water to defuse the heat:  Using a Brinkman upright gas fired smoker.[​IMG] Thanks[​IMG]
  2. nepas

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

    Looks really good.

    The end shriveled from a slight fat out causing the meat to shrink some. From being close to the heat......No worries cuz it looks good.  WTG

    PS Seasoning is good kits, they make the Cabelas smokehouse line also.
  3. mossymo

    mossymo Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    nepas nailed the answer perfectly. To fix this you can shorten the casing length, get a bigger smoker or try having a heat shield in place to difuse the direct heat to the sausage. I personally like the bigger smoker fix (any excuse to get another...[​IMG]).

    Great looking summer sausage by the way!
  4. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Great looking sausage. I have seen several people lay their SS on the racks to smoke them instead of hanging them.
  5. I just did some laying down cause I was using the tinny electric cook shack and it turned out good. 
  6. smokinal

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

    Your SS looks great! I think the only problem with laying it on the grate is you will have grate marks on it. I think I would rather have a little shriveling.
  7. fpnmf

    fpnmf Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I have had the same issues..

    I made the length  shorter and it fixed it..

  8. Thanks everyone for the help, will leave the water pan in without liquid and shorten the length of the sausages.  MossyMo, we are in agreement.  Hubby and I were just talking about a little larger one. Maybe a Christmas present to us. [​IMG]

    Thanks again fellow smokers.  Dried Beef Curing and More Canadian Baccon Curing for this next weekend.
  9. Yes the sausage was to close to the heat source however you also are cooking way to high. Never go above 170* Max.

    I myself set temp only at 165* for my finish cooking.

    Yes it takes longer but it is well worth it.

    The fat out on your sausage is all through the whole sausage even though the damage is only shown on the bottom

    It still is good eaten but you will realy enjoy it by keeping the temp down.

    I also use a heat shield.
  10. danmcg

    danmcg Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Yo Mama , nice looking Sausage!

    Like Karl (ExhaustedSpark) mentioned kept the heat under 170-175 and although I don't do it, after you're done with the smoking phase of the sausage you can add a water pan and it will cook the sausage faster at the same temp, moist heat conducts heat better then dry heat.
  11. roller

    roller Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    Looks real good to me...
  12. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    Your chubs look fine to me and the ends are what they are. So like Craig said next time just make them alittle shorter. You could try to raise then away form the heat source and that will also work.
  13. shortend

    shortend Meat Mopper

    Turkey Mamma, I think your summer sausage looks pretty darned good. Ya, what the other guys said about holding the heat down a little to keep from getting that fat out. Another possible solution to help, would be to add hanging loops when you tie off the other end of your SS, and "flip 'em" occasionally to keep the heat a little more evenly distributed top to bottom. I do that when I'm going to give it to others for presentation purposes, otherwise, if it's just for myself, I'm not bothered by a little imperfection and just let'er rip.

  14. michael ark

    michael ark Master of the Pit

  15. africanmeat

    africanmeat Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    It looks great and yummy
  16. papagreer

    papagreer Meat Mopper

    Looks good! Cant really add anything to what the other fellas have said, but give me some crackers, some smoked gouda and a frosty cold one and Im a happy man! Good job.

  17. boykjo

    boykjo Sausage maker Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Yeah........ I got some feed back.... You didnt make enough..................[​IMG]


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