Author Topic: Making Sausage First time  (Read 2845 times)

Offline ghosttown

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Re: Making Sausage First time
« Reply #15 on: January 29, 2016, 07:20:34 pm »
I totally missed the curing process as this is my first time doing sausage and even learning all about it. I found a great site that does explains the important steps http://www.deejayssmokepit.net/Cureornot.htm,

Only option left is to BBQ what I have when I want some sausage and on my next attempt will follow the steps for making smoke sausages. I just went based on that YouTube video and to tell you the truth I was just excited how they turned out and didn't notice I had to add some cure if I want to smoke them.

One question I have for you guys is next time I do this, can I prep the sausages and put them in the fridge for a day or so until I am ready to smoke them?

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Re: Making Sausage First time
« Reply #16 on: January 29, 2016, 07:22:28 pm »
Fresh sausage (sausage without cure) can be cooked and eaten immediately or refrigerated for a day or two and then cooked or lastly frozen immediately and then thawed later to be cooked and eaten. It is not safe to smoke it because without cure the casings and the warm environment are the perfect conditions for bacteria to grow. Could be the last sausage you ever eat if you try to smoke it without cure.
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Re: Making Sausage First time
« Reply #17 on: January 29, 2016, 07:24:36 pm »
Yes, you can refrigerate them prior to smoking however I would not leave them in the fridge for more than 24 hours. That's just me though.
It's going to take a lifetime to smoke all this.

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Offline ghosttown

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Re: Making Sausage First time
« Reply #18 on: January 29, 2016, 07:28:56 pm »
What cure stuff do you use? I assume it's not alot of it.

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Re: Making Sausage First time
« Reply #19 on: February 04, 2016, 01:34:27 pm »
You can get some smoky flavor when you cook the fresh sausages by cooking them over coals, with wood chips, etc or if you happen to have a pellet burner of any kind.  I cook my fresh sausages on the pellet grill, however this is NOT the same as "smoking" which would be low and slow for several hours.  I roast mine on the pellet grill at about 300 degrees until meat thermometer reads in the safety range for the meat involved.  This generally does not take long- 20-45 minutes max, but does add some smokey flavor to a non-cured sausage.  Otherwise, it is just not safe, as some of the others have already explained.
As far as cure- the type of cure you use is generally specific to the recipe.  Some use cure#1, also known as Prague.  Others use Morton's tender-quick which is a completely different product, and it can NOT be interchanged with the Prague cure part for part.
When working with smoked and cured sausages, it is best to follow a safe, tested recipe for your first time to ensure success and safety. 
There are many recipes on this forum and on the web that are instructional and safe.  You can pick one and run it by the knowledgeable folks on this board to get suggestions. 
Your fresh sausages look great, once you eat your own homemade sausage, you will never want another store-bought...ever.  I just finished up a bunch of lamb with feta and pork/garlic/red wine which are both fantastic. 
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