Savoie’s Andouille Sausage

I love all things Cajun/Creole and as luck would have it, there are some fine styles of sausage that come out of Louisiana.  Unfortunately it can be difficult to find decent LA products in my market but from time to time I trip across one so I counted myself lucky one day as I was walking through Ingle’s market to find some Savoie’s Andouille Hickory Smoked Sausage.

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Southside Market Elgin 1882 Hot Recipe Sausage

Today we’re taking a bite of Southside Markets Elgin 1882 Hot Recipe Sausage. Here’s a quick blurb from their website about this product:

If you’ve been familiar with Southside Market for many years, you may think the sausage isn’t as hot as it once was. And you’re right! Many moons ago Ernest reduced the pepper so everyone could enjoy it. But after all these years, people keep asking for the old “hot” sausage. Thanks for your persistence. Here’s the old original recipe, with all the pepper you remember.

1882 Hot Recipe Sausage

Southside Market has a long and interesting history dating back to 1882 and has been owned continuously by the same family since 1968. They generously shipped one package of each sausage variety for our review so be sure to check back for more from Southside.

So on to the review of their 1882 Hot Recipe Sausage. Apparently the company removed some of the cayenne from their hot sausage recipe back around 1970. But with folks clamoring for it’s return, they brought it back. I heated 2 links of this sausage in a pan with a small amount of olive oil and then took the other 2 and placed them on the grill for about 20 minutes. Both cooking methods turned out about the same with the grilled sausages being a little leaner when finished.

This is a classic Texas beef sausage (some would say it’s THE classic Texas sausage meaning possibly the one that started it all) with a course grind and a thick casing. The meat was lean and there was just the right amount of fat with primarily juice instead of fat running on my plate when the sausages were sliced. This sausage had a nice beefy flavor and the seasoning was nice.

I had two small issues with this product. The first link I ate had two bits of bone about 1/4″ in length which I found to be quite large. I finished off an additional link with no more bone issues so I’m thinking it was just a fluke. If you eat enough sausage you’re going to get some links with bone and gristle from time to time so this isn’t a big issue.  In addition,  while the overall flavor was good, I didn’t find the sausage to be hot. I would have loved some more cayenne and more black pepper..probably almost twice as much as the sausage contained. I’m a big fan of the black pepper heat that you tend to get with Texas sausages.

So overall this sausage had a nice grind, nice seasoning, the perfect casing for a Texas sausage, and it was fabulously lean. With a little more heat I think this would be a 4 on a  scale of 5 but as is, considering “Hot” is in the name, I’ll give this one a 3-3.5

Pederson’s Natural Farms Sweet German Smoked Sausage

The fine folks at Pederson’s shipped us a suitcase full of their many different styles of sausages for us to review. Thanks!

Pederson’s is in Hamilton Texas and they specialize in all natural meat products including various sausages, bacon, and hams. Click here to read more about the company.

First up for us is their Sweet German Smoked Sausage, a single large link (or loop) sausage made primarily from pork. This sausage has a very clean and simple list of ingredients and it contains no nitrates, nitrites, hormones, or antibiotics. It’s good to see a manufacturer committed to proper and natural animal husbandry. I think it’s often easier (although more expensive) for smaller meat markets and butchers to commit to good natural products then a larger company so it’s encouraging to see Pederson’s leading the way on this issue.

Having said that, I found this sausage to be both underspiced and under smoked. I cooked this in an open pan, heating it through to 145 degrees.I sliced it open to reveal a nice medium to fine grind that was tightly compacted. Often a smoked sausage tends to be one note of either smoke or in the case of a spicy smoked sausage, heat. Unfortunately I found myself looking for (longing for actually) something…some unique or even standard smoked sausage flavor and just could not find anything that was sausage satisfying to my palate.

Now that’s not to say this sausage is bad because it’s not and if you often find your sausage to be to smoky or hot, this sausage is high in quality, has great texture, and would probably be perfect for you or dinner guests.

I’m looking forward to trying the rest of the Pederson’s Natural Farms styles!

Hillshire Farm Beer Brat (Miller Beer)

I’m always a little cautious about purchasing this type of product because as sausage goes, this is not a product for sausage snobs. And while I don’t consider myself to be a sausage snob, the facts of this particular sausage still make me feel uneasy.

hillshirefarms beer brat

Here are the facts:

  • This seems to have no casing. Which is fine but the sausage is so soft it’s like it has an anti-casing which is weird.
  • It has Miller Beer on the label. I am an admitted beer snob and Miller is something I haven’t tasted in at least 30 years.
  • This simply is not a brat in my opinion. It’s more like a mildly seasoned pre-cooked pork breakfast sausage that could serve as a hair of the dog on the morning after a binge drinking session when you’re looking for a plate of food and some red kool-aid to cool things off.

Ok, now that all the weirdness is out in the open, let me say that this mildly seasoned hot dogg’ish product actually has a decent flavor profile and I enjoyed the flavor. I didn’t like the feel of the product, I didn’t like the mouth feel of the product, I didn’t like the odd pre-cooked color. But somehow after all that hate, the “sausage like” product was decent. One more thing that concerns me. When reading the ingredients there was something called “Flavor”. Yikes.

I would buy this abomination product again. 😉

Ingredients: Pork, water, corn syrup, potassium lactate, beer, dextrose, salt, natural flavor, sodium phosphate, pork stock, flavor, msg, lemon citric acid, beef collagen casings.