Welcome to SausageReviews.com – Much like beer, the national sausage market in the US had become boring as large conglomerates pushed out mostly bland and boring products with little taste and imagination. But also like beer, the sausage has become the darling of craft(y) chefs and small producers who are developing fabulous artisan products locally, regionally, and even some for the mass market. After all, what goes better with your favorite craft beer then a great well made craft sausage?
I love a good, well made high quality smoked sausage. If you mix in a nice cheese and maybe some jalapeno, I’m in heaven. On the other hand, it’s hard to beat a fresh sausage made with high quality pork and subtle spices. The experiences are very different and I’m not sure I could choose between one or the other if it came down to naming my favorite.
Formerly known as Hartmann’s Old World Sausage, the Artisan Meats company has changed names, but they have not missed a beat when it comes to producing fine products.
In business now for 53 years, Artisan Meats offers a full line of Brats, Wursts, and their version of regional favorites like Smoked Chorizo and Andouille as well as Ham, Liverwurst and Cold Cuts.
We recently requested some products from this 100+ year old meat company and they were kind enough to oblige.
Let me start by saying that boudain is one of my favorite things on this planet and if you know what boudain is, you probably know Zummo’s. If you’ve never had boudain or you live outside of the territory and would love to have a source for some great boudain, you’re in luck because Zummo’s brand boudain is available in no less then 40 states at Walmart. You must absolutely get to your local Walmart and get some on a regular basis. If they don’t carry it, ask for it by name OR splurge and grab a case online at Zummo.com. It freezes well and you will love having extra.
The good people at Bobak’s recently sent over a few of their products including cooked bratwurst, a pack of maxwell polish, and a smoked polish ring. Bobak’s is a nearly 50 year old purveyor on the South side of Chicago and they produce a nice variety of products for sale both online and in their store.
I recently received a nice package of products from Dearborn Brand up in Michigan. In business since 1946, Dearborn produces a wide variety of products including hams, condiments, and of course sausage.