Tommyknocker Beer Brats

It can be interesting when companies combine their products/efforts. Sometimes it works…sometimes it doesn’t.

For example, Budweiser and Nascar. Now I recognize that many Nascar fans enjoy a Bud from time to time but the whole drinking and driving thing just doesn’t mix well. Or Dodge and the Lingeria Football League. A fine idea for about 3 minutes until somebody at Dodge gets a clue. Unfortunately that was about 2 minutes too late for the press release to be stopped. Continue reading “Tommyknocker Beer Brats”

Snow’s BBQ Smoked Jalapeno Sausage

I’ve made a couple of trips over the years down to Texas for a run at some of the best BBQ in the country. From the well known joints to mom and pop places in every small town, Texas has some great BBQ! Unfortunately, this isn’t a blog about BBQ. Fortunately though, many of the best places in Texas also have great beef sausage. Continue reading “Snow’s BBQ Smoked Jalapeno Sausage”

Boar’s Head Hot Smoked Sausage

I love it when I’m able to find a decent sausage product at my local grocer but unfortunately, those finds are few and far between. That said, Boar’s Head Hot Smoked Sausage is one of my go to products when I’m in between reviews and looking for a nice afternoon of spicy sausages and beer.

This is a fine grind, skinless, pork and beef product and as the label says, it contains crushed chili peppers which are clear to see even through the packaging. There is an adequate amount of the peppers and they provide a great subtle heat unlike some hot sausages that try to overwhelm you with cayenne.

At $5.19 a pound for 5 links, the price is reasonable and Boar’s Head products are widely available in grocery stores so if you see these, pick up a pack and give them a try. I’m sure you’ll like them!

Nueske’s Applewood Smoked Kielbasa

If you’ve been around the world of sausage, the Nueske name is one you’ve heard before. Purveyors of fine smoked meats for close to a hundred years, Nueske’s is a Wisconsin family tradition and now you can purchase their fine products online. They were kind enough to send us two products to review including their traditional applewood smoked Kielbasa so let’s get on with it!

While the word kielbasa refers to a general family of various sausage products from European countries, the term here in the U.S. generally refers to the Polish variety and that’s what we received from Nueske’s.

I received a package of 6 large links which appears to retail on their site for $22.95 and proceeded to grill them with indirect heat for about 20 minutes until the skin was just starting to split.

These had a fabulous aroma both going on and coming off the grill, sweet and smoky pre-grill and sweet and porky coming off. Knifing my way through a medium thick casing into a relatively fine grind, there were flecks of spices with the pepper standing out the most in this pork and beef sausage. The flavor was spot on for the variety and they were smoked perfectly. Not too heavy but enough to satisfy the olfactory senses on each bite.

This was a fine sausage, free of grit, bone, or anything else that might detract from the firm well seasoned meat. Nueske’s is paying attention to the details and if you’re a fan of kielbasa, I highly recommend you pick some of this up for now and to store. Nueske’s Applewood Smoked Kielbasa was great by itself and I’ll be using it in some bean soup later this week.

Johnsonville Italian Sausage Four Cheese

This is our first review of a fresh Johnsonville sausage product, the Johnsonville Italian Four Cheese Sausage.

I was not a fan of the Johnsville 3 Cheese pre-cooked sausage, finding it both confusing and bland but this is a different beast altogether. I pan fried this for about 12 minutes and it browned up very nicely. My first reaction when slicing this sausage open was, that’s a lot of cheese, but I’ve been fooled by a lot of tasteless cheese in past reviews so did this cheesy Italian make the grade?

No doubt. This sausage was fresh, porky, and cheesy and it was a very nice cheesy that provided good flavor and nice texture and mouthfeel. In fact, I would say that this is one of the top 5 commercial sausages I’ve ever eaten. Quite frankly, I was shocked at how good this was!

This would be a great sausage for eating straight up or on a nice bun. I wouldn’t bury it in anything simply because the flavors do just fine on their own.

If you haven’t tried this Johnsonville sausage I recommend you pick some up.