A Kansas Hot link is my version of a good ol' hot link, mixed in with some home-state pride.
I refined my recipe over the years to what it is now, and am completely satisfied with the final version.
I use two slightly different versions, depending on whether, or not, I intend to smoke them after stuffing the casings. If so, then I have to add a cure to the mix, and a bit less salt. Smoking seems to concentrate the salt flavor somewhat.
The casings shrink a bit during the smoking process, but a short trip into some boiling water cures them of this. Get it? Short CURE?? Ha!