While recently trolling the encased meats section of a large retailer, I ran across a couple of new sausages. One from Jack Links (yeah, the beef jerky people) and this one from Eddy Packing out of Texas. Harley Davidson Green Chili and Cheese Smoked Sausage. I figured with Harley attaching their name, this must be a pretty stand up product.
I was wrong. If this product was marketed as a smoked sausage (just a smoked sausage) it would receive a 3 for being a decently meaty, not fatty, and well smoked sausage. I didn’t experience any fillers, bone, or gristle and the casing was a nice slightly thick model with a good little snap.
The problem is with the green chilis and cheese. I’m a big fan of green chili and when I can’t get them freshly roasted I buy them by the can just to have some around for various dishes (especially morning eggs). I couldn’t detect even a hint of green chili here. Nothing. As we have discussed on several sausages in the past, the cheese was there in name only. The label said cheese. I could see pockets of cheese. But no cheese flavor and very little hint in the mouth feel that there was any cheese present in this sausage.
What remains after those two main ingredient disappointments is a pretty decent smoked sausage. But not a green chili and cheese smoked sausage. This one gets a 2 star for coming up short on flavor. I would not buy these again.