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Unread 07-01-2008, 12:34 PM   #10
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Short answer to your question, "if I were to smoke my sausage in the gator pit or WSM would it be safe" is yes and no.

Yes if you are serving the sausage immediately afterward. No if it's going to be cooled, and pacakaged for retail sale.

I might be confused on your question, but I think the reason why brisket, butts and ribs can be safely smoked and packaged for retail without nitrites is because they're solid muscle meats, not ground meat.
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