using pork chops for sausage

Discussion in 'Sausage' started by el gallo, Jul 10, 2014.

  1. When to the store today and found a good deal on pork chops. Can i use chops over pork shoulder to make sausage. The only thing i can think of is i might have to add fat because they are alittle lean. Any thoughts. Thanks
  2. genek

    genek Smoke Blower

    It works great, like you said it may need more fat. I sometimes use salt pork if I don't have enough fat put aside from other projects.

  3. darwin101

    darwin101 Meat Mopper

    Sure you can, but as you said you will need extra fat, 20% to 30% depending upon preference.  A few months back I found pork sirloin roast on sale but I could not find any fat-back. I made the sausage anyway and they came out too lean, I should have added bacon or waited.
  4. szynka

    szynka Fire Starter

  5. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I too got a good deal on loin ends, even with more fat it is a drier meat. I used a course grind as its my favorite, you'll need a smaller grind.

    Best sausage I ever made was when I caught sirloin roasts on a sale. I think it must have been a mistake, the butcher never has done that again. LOL
  6. reinhard

    reinhard Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Most pork loins that stores use to cut their chops come in "pre-trimed".  Some stores just sell pre-packaged meats.  The loin end of the pork loin is the leanest part.  The rib end [where the assorted chops come from for example] has the most fat.  The chops from the rib end would not need much added fat, but the loin end and the center part would need additional fat.  Like others have said, it depends what type of sausage you are making as well.  Reinhard

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