I love a good, well made high quality smoked sausage. If you mix in a nice cheese and maybe some jalapeno, I’m in heaven. On the other hand, it’s hard to beat a fresh sausage made with high quality pork and subtle spices. The experiences are very different and I’m not sure I could choose between one or the other if it came down to naming my favorite.
Formerly known as Hartmann’s Old World Sausage, the Artisan Meats company has changed names, but they have not missed a beat when it comes to producing fine products.
In business now for 53 years, Artisan Meats offers a full line of Brats, Wursts, and their version of regional favorites like Smoked Chorizo and Andouille as well as Ham, Liverwurst and Cold Cuts.
We recently requested some products from this 100+ year old meat company and they were kind enough to oblige.
Let me start by saying that boudain is one of my favorite things on this planet and if you know what boudain is, you probably know Zummo’s. If you’ve never had boudain or you live outside of the territory and would love to have a source for some great boudain, you’re in luck because Zummo’s brand boudain is available in no less then 40 states at Walmart. You must absolutely get to your local Walmart and get some on a regular basis. If they don’t carry it, ask for it by name OR splurge and grab a case online at Zummo.com. It freezes well and you will love having extra.
Our friend Stan at Simply Sausage sent over a few varieties of some of his products to try and just like our past reviews, these sausages were simply amazing. Let me just say that nobody I’ve come across produces a better variety of excellent sausages..period.
Surry County Va is a place where life is just a little bit more relaxed and many things still get done the same way our Grandparents did them many years ago. It’s this setting that we turn to for our next review of Hickory Smoked Sausage from Edwards of Surry. Long known for their excellent ham products, Edwards also offers other pork products including various types of bacon, barbecue, and a couple of seafood products like crabcakes (if you haven’t had Blue Crabs, you haven’t had the best). We requested and received a sample package of some of their link sausage products and today we will be reviewing a couple of them.