The sausage is just a spicy italian pork sausage. I don't remember exactly what all was in the seasoning but it was purchased from a local place and I thought I'd give it a try. Texture is just what I like, tender on the inside with just a bit of bite to the casing. I think going at 275 for an hour and then backing it down really keeps the texture nice and not too rubbery as I tend to get from cooking at higher temps.
As for the shine, we've been cooking and drinking it for a few years. It goes great on just about anything!
Chargriller Duo w SFB