New Braunfels has been around for more then 70 years and has a great reputation in Texas and beyond. They recently sent me a nice variety of their sausages for review.
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!