Big Fork – Hickory and Applewood Pork & Uncured Bacon Sausage


We’re back with a fresh new review, this time from the Big Fork Brands company based out of Chicago, Illinois. Big Fork has a line of bacon sausages based on the premise that bacon makes everything better. I tend to agree with this sentiment, so I was excited when a shipment of several varieties of the bacon sausage arrived at my doorstep.

This review is the first in a series of reviews for the Big Fork bacon sausages. I have a lot of sausage to go through so it will take a bit of time, but I’ll review each sausage on its own and give separate recommendations. 

Today I’m going to discuss the Hickory & Applewood flavor.

The sausage arrived in a very-well-sealed and sturdy styrofoam box. The sausage inside was very cold – just the way it should be when getting shipped from across the country. No problems at all on this front and it appears that Lance and team over at Big Fork take the customer experience very seriously. So far, so good!

One thing to note about this sausage is that it comes shipped to you precooked. Once you get it, it’s just a matter of heating it up using your preferred method. I decided to heat the sausage up on the stovetop. Only took a few minutes to get up to temperature and warm all the way through.

Before I dive into how it tasted, let me hit you with some nutrition facts specifically for this Hickory & Applewood variety. Each sausage link weighs about 3 ounces. 

So how did it taste? I’m a big bacon guy so I was pleased to detect it in my first bite. Bacon truly does add a little something extra to whatever dish you’re eating. I cooked up two links and proceeded to eat one on its own and one in a bowl of pasta. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect but was pleasantly surprised with this sausage. The filling was robust with lots of flavor packed into each slice of the meat. I didn’t detect and grit and extraneous “filler” and the sausage didn’t last long on my plate.

The sausage kind of brought me back to my childhood. It reminded me a bit of the thick, juicy hot dogs I used to eat with friends. This Big Fork sausage was like a high-quality hot dog – and that’s not a bad thing. The bacon taste was there but certainly not overwhelming. It still felt like I was eating a solid sausage made of quality ingredients. Was I greedy for even more of a bacon taste? Yes, but I also realize that this is sausage and the combination of subtle smoky flavors along with a structurally-sound casing is what makes a good cut of meat like this.

It didn’t take me long to finish those two links. I had to keep myself from going back to the freezer to cook up the last two of this variety. It’s a good sausage if you’re looking for a no-frills experience with quality ingredients and complemented my pasta quite well. Overall, I’d recommend the Hickory & Applewood variety and I’m looking forward to trying the other offerings from Big Fork. Stay tuned because more reviews are coming. As always, let me know if you are interested in having me review a sausage. 

You can learn more about Big Fork at The company was started by husband and wife team Lance and Ann Avery back in 2011 and has grown to offer not only sausage, but also burgers, hot dogs, sauces, jerkies, and other items. Lance is a professional chef and you can tell that he puts care into the food he produces. I’m a midwest guy and it was great to see that Lance and team used vegetarian raised and fed hogs from that area.

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