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Unread 12-07-2012, 12:15 PM   #1
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Default Favorite Commerically made sausage to smoke?

I know a bunch of you make your own sausage but I'm talking about already premade sausages like Brats. It needs to be in a casing so all fatties are out.

I smoked commerical italian sausages before and I honestly don't see an improvement with the smoke. I really enjoy eating Johnsonville Brats so I might give that a shot.

Anyone got a favorite sausage they buy from the butcher they like to smoke? Especially regional ones like German Bratwursts, English Cumberlands, Polish Kielbasas (though I never see them raw).
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My go to way of cooking Johnsonville brats is smoking them. I like the way they turn out a lot better than if you grill them.

There are a couple butchers in my area that sell different kinds of raw sausages and they turn out great as well.
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Out here, there is a company called Caggiano Sausage Company that makes all manner of fresh sausage in casings. All of them smoke up great, but, I really like smoked chorizo, smoked chicken apple and smoked garlic. I use a simple applewood smoke, usually over lump. Low temperature, around 225F.

I also like getting fresh bratwurst, Wisonsin bratwurst, and a couple of the other types of sausage from the Lockeford Sausage Company, which usually has a great selection of sausages.
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For raw sausages, my favorites to pick up at the butcher and put in smoke are brats and bbq sausage (that's what they call it and it's good but I don't know the recipe). For cooked sausages, I really love garlic knockwurst and kielbasa.

Can't forget about fatties either!
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Incidentally, kielbasas are never seen raw because they are, by definition, Polish garlic sausage that has been smoked. Unsmoked, they are not kielbasa.
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I haven't bought commercial in a couple years, but I did used to buy hot links - love those things!

And, I don't know if you can get them out your way, but when I lived in TX we'd get Elgin and New Braunfels sausage - it's been many, many years since I've eaten that stuff and I still remember how farking good it was. It doesn't seem to be available around here that I'm aware of, and I would buy that stuff if it were.
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Incidentally, kielbasas are never seen raw because they are, by definition, Polish garlic sausage that has been smoked. Unsmoked, they are not kielbasa.

Yep. And DOUBLE smoked they're even better.
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i'm a fan of Cajun sausages such as Manda, Savoie's & Richards ("Ree-Shards").
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Speaking of sausage, I used to be a big fan of Aidells Andouille sausage, but it seems as if they have changed the recipe, and it's not nearly as good as if used to be. Does anyone have a good replacement recommendation?
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I like Azars which I have trouble finding these days. I also like Nettles.
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Speaking of sausage, I used to be a big fan of Aidells Andouille sausage, but it seems as if they have changed the recipe, and it's not nearly as good as if used to be. Does anyone have a good replacement recommendation?
Dave, if you can find them, try Caggiano Andouille, they make a quality product. The Aidells stuff is not as good across the board as it once was.
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Manda makes good andouille but Conecuh is my favorite! http://www.conecuhsausage.com/default.aspx
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Incidentally, kielbasas are never seen raw because they are, by definition, Polish garlic sausage that has been smoked. Unsmoked, they are not kielbasa.
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I respectively disagree with that statement. Fresh kielbasa is quite common. Local grocery carry's it from here-http://www.stanleysmarket.com/ as well as here- http://www.tanksmeats.com/products-i-12.html

also see this link- http://easteuropeanfood.about.com/od/ip/g/kielbasa.htm
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Mike, I had that wrong, I will adjust my definition going forward. I was misinformed about the smoking part.
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There's a butcher here that has a linguica that smokes up pretty good.

Other than that I go with brats or kielbasa.

Tried ring bologna, but didn't care for it.
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