Hillshire Farms American Craft Jalapeno and Cheddar Smoked Sausage

That’s a big ol’ long name for a sausage!

We have reviewed some of Hillshire’s past attempts at making a sausage that would compete with some of the better regional brands. Unfortunately as you can see here and here, their Gourmet collection fell short of being a good product so how did their new series called American Craft fare in our taste test? Quite well actually.


I purchased two different varieties at my local Kroger grocery store and decided to give the Jalapeno and Cheddar a try first only because it has been awhile since I reviewed a spicy cheesy sausage of any kind.

This sausage had a nice casing, little to no grit, bone or gristle, and the ratio of jalapeno and cheese to smoky pork was just about perfect. If I had my druthers, I’d add a little more jalapeno but opinions on heat vary so this product walks a pretty decent line between hot and mild.

Overall this was a fine sausage and one that I would certainly buy again. At $4.99 for almost a pound (5 links), the product was priced spot on and although I ate these sans bun, this would be very nice grilled and on a bun.

If you can find these, I would pick up a pack and give them a try. I’d rate them a solid 3.75

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