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!
This is our second review of a Sunset Farm product with a couple more to go.
This is very much a Southern variety smoked sausage, the kind you’ll find on every backyard grill all summer long. And rightly so. Sunset Farm does a great job with this product by incorporating a subtle amount of jalapeno flavor and a little heat into their already fine smoked sausage. This rendition is smoked perfectly, has a clean list of ingredients, and a nice casing.
One thing I really like about their smoked sausage products is the overall meatyness that seems to come from the grind and the packing of the sausage in the casing. The texture is perfect and their line of smoked sausages are great off the grill, in sandwiches, or even in your favorite soup or pot of vegetables. They hold up well and don’tbreak down in any cooking environment.
In short, you can’t go wrong with this product and I highly recommend you pick some up for your next cooking session. If they are not in your local grocery store, you can order online at their website. They have a great selection and I plan to order some different varieties for future reviews.
Sunset Farm Brand is out of Valdosta Ga and has been making fine meat products, smoked and otherwise, for many years. They were kind enough to send me a very nice sampler pack of their sausage products.
Today were going to start out with their Hot Smoked Sausage product. As you can see by the label, this is a pretty clean product with a little color added. Southern hot (spicy) smoke sausage is the very sausage I was weened on and it was, in one form or another, present at every grilling or smoking session that took place in my youth. The quality of hot smoked sausage varies greatly and Sunset farms has some fine consistent products.
On the plus side, as mentioned earlier, the ingredient list is fairly clean. And if you prefer a looser fill in your sausage, this fits the bill. It’s hard to find a loose fill pork hot sausage and most of them are packed like a bologna. One last thing. No byproducts, gristle, or bone so the fine folks at Sunset are paying attention to the quality details which always adds to my enjoyment of a good sausage.
I would call this a 7.5-8 out of ten and recommend you give it a try on your next cookout.
I want four things from my Italian Hot sausage.
1) Fresh pork flavor
2) Nice heat
3) Nice fennel
4) No gristle or other non meat products.
While that seems simple enough, I’ve had far to many Italian Hot Sausages that failed to deliver on what would seem to be the fundamentals of a decent Italian sausage.
Just this week I received a shipment of various sausages from Nick Pontrelli at Maestro Sausage Company in Vernon California. His family has been in the business of making Italian sausage for about 90 years and let me say right upfront, they knock down the fundamentals and then some. I have several varieties of their sausages to review over the next month but I wanted to get started with their Hot Italian sausage so I broke out a few links for breakfast this morning.
This is a very nice mid-course grind with noticeable whole fennel seeds and flecks of red pepper flakes. Excellent fresh italian sausage taste and texture to this with perfect levels of fennel and red pepper so each bite is similar in flavor with just a touch of varience created by the amount of fennel seeds or red pepper flakes. I’m often disappointed in the heat level of hot italian sausage but the heat in this was just right to me. It was a fabulous natural heat that you get in different areas of your mouth instead of that un-natural, almost chemical like heat you get when to much cayenne is used in a sausage. Nice but very subtle mouth burn (I’d say a 5 on a scale of 10 which for an italian sausage is about right imo) even 10 minutes after finishing this one.
Slicing it open reveals exactly what you want to see in a well made fresh Hot Italian sausage. Plenty of fennel seed (I’ll take whole over ground any day) and red pepper flakes surrounded by course ground meat. It doesn’t get any better then that.
Hands down just a great example of what a Hot Italian Sausage should be. I would buy this again and highly recommend you give it a try.
Ingredients: Pork, Seasoning (spices, salt, dextrose, msg, flavorings, paprika, extractives of paprika), water