Fresh on the heels of our review of their 1882 Smoked Sausage, we jumped right back in and tried out their Garlic Pork Sausage variety. Continue reading “Southside Market – Elgin Garlic Pork Smoked 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. Continue reading “Savoie’s Andouille 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!
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.
I saw this product as I was walking through my local Kroger grocery store so being a fan of Guinness and a fan of brats, this product made perfect sense to me. I quickly picked one up and headed home to give them a try.
A pork sausage with a strong beer flavoring, I thought these were ok. Their main competition is probably the Hillshire Farm Miller Beer brat that we reviewed some time ago.
The Guinness brat had a stronger beer flavor and in fact was a little strong for my taste. I think the Hillshire product was better seasoned and had a milder beer taste.
If you like Guinness and you like brats I would say give these a shot (maybe even as a hair of the dog). I probably won’t buy them again but would rate them a 2.5 on a scale of 5.