Smoked sausage is one of my favorite summertime foods. It’s even better when it’s freshly made with my own hands. I know exactly what’s in it (no unpronounceable preservative ingredients), and I can tweak the recipe to make it exactly fit my taste buds. If you make your own sausage, you might be interested in trying out my favorite smoked sausage recipe.
- 32mm Collagen Edible Casings
- 3 Pounds Pork Shoulder
- 2 Pounds Beef Fat Trimmings
*Note: I save trimmings from steaks and brisket to mix with the pork shoulder for making sausage, but you can substitute 2 pounds of beef, or just use 5 pounds of pork shoulder.
- 1 Tablespoon Salt
- 2 Tablespoons Mustard Seed
- 1 Tablespoon Ground Mustard
- 1 Tablespoon Ground Pepper
- 1 Tablespoon Curing Salt
- 1 Teaspoon Majoram
- ½ bulb garlic (10-12 cloves) minced
Step 1 : Preparing The Sausage Mixture
- Cut the meat into 1×1 inch cubes and place in a large non-reactive bowl.
- Mix all dry ingredients, and mix with 8 ounces of water
- Pour water/dry ingredient mixture into the meat cubes and let sit for several hours in refrigerator
Step 2 : Grinding And Stuffing The Sausage
- Using a meat grinder, grind the meat using a coarse grinding blade
- Stuff the sausage mixture into the 32mm collagen edible casings
- Let sit overnight in refrigerator
Step 3 : Smoking The Sausage
- Preheat your smoker to 225 to 250 degrees
- Put sausage links into smoker
- Smoke using your favorite wood (I prefer a hickory/mesquite mix) until the internal temperature of the sausage reaches 165 degrees
Step 4 : Serving The Sausage
Uses for homemade smoked sausage is limited only by your imagination. Some of my favorite uses are:
- Appetizers : Cut the sausage into small pieces and serve with toothpicks
- Shrimp Boil : Homemade sausage an ingredient for a shrimp boil is a great way to share what you’ve made with all your friends and family
Many seasoned backyard BBQers are intimidated by making their own sausage, but like any other skill, it becomes easier every time you do it. One of the hardest things of making your own sausage is finding a great recipe. This tried and tested recipe is sure to tickle the taste buds of you and your friends and family all summer long!
How about you, Clever Friends, have you ever made your own sausage? How did it turn out?