Specialty Sausage & The Budweiser Big BBQ Show
Weekly Blog Post - Specialty Sausage & The Budweiser Big BBQ Show
Find out what's going on at Walton's and Meatgistics this week. We will have a loose schedule for soon to be released videos, what we are working on long-term and maybe a few quick tips and tricks that are on our mind!
What Videos are being released soon?
Meatgistics University - Specialty Sausage 101, 102 & 103 - These will be an overview of Specialty Sausage, How to Make Lebanon Bologna and How to Make Landjaeger. The Bologna and the Landjaeger both came out excellent, we are in the process of trying to make Blood Sausage as the 104 for that section!
What Projects are we looking ahead at?
We are looking forward to the 20(x) videos for all of the categories. These videos will focus more on the science behind why we recommend doing things the way we do as well as tips, tricks, and additives for making better products. Generally these processing videos are going to be pretty long, we might cut some of that time by not showing the basic processing tips but at the same time I would like people to be able to watch the 20(x) processing videos and not have to watch previous videos to be able to make high-quality products!
What’s on our Mind?
I was scheduled to call into The Budweiser Big BBQ Show, which is a weekly show where they talk about BBQing. It was a nice visit where I talked about some of the science behind smoking meat and I talked about you all as a community as well. So if you want to listen you can head on over to their Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/thebigbbqshow/) or http://www.extraordinarybbq.com/the-big-bbq-show/. It was a good time and they seem like some pretty good guys!
We’ve got two new Sausage Seasonings coming in from Excalibur. First, the Salsa Brat and @gadahl was looking for a recreation of a Sausage they had while on vacation so we found the Hawaiian Sausage Seasoning to see if that will work! As soon as we get those in stock I will be making them and see what they taste like and I will let you all know. I am especially excited about the Salsa Brat, I can just imagine how good it would be with Chicken Thighs!
I do it all the time. Still remember my mom saying it’s not a good idea. I’m sure if you are buying a nice steak and intend it eat it as a grilled T-bone you might notice some flesh cell break down (texture change). If you are going to use it in sausage you will not notice any difference. Made brats last night. Once frozen pork and elk. Refroze the brats. I do it time and time again.
Here is a link to a website that has a handy Excel spreadsheet. It is, as it says a free non-commercial site.
As for Waltons dropping the ball, I vote they are doing a great job.
I think for all of us there are general guidelines, but unless you have a temperature and humidity controlled environment, both for the preparation, cooking (if you cook them) smoking, hanging etc, the results are bound to vary from batch to batch.
Personally, I am searching how to get my home made smoked and dry cured pepperoni to the exact texture and firmness of Margarita pepperoni from the store.
Through trial and error I have the flavor where I want it, but not the texture or firmness. I know time, temperature and humidity are all crucial, but the best I can do is in the basement and then subject to the environment that is there.
I figure as long as I am not killing anyone or making anyone sick I am making progress. Thanks Waltons for all of the great information so far.
Having said that, it would be nice to have your chart in an Excel spreadsheet.
Thanks Jonathon! One question tho! You eluded to 178 being high for a temp! Don’t you guys recommend setting the temp at 175 during the final stage to completion to internal temp? Three degrees shouldn’t make that much difference should it??
Sounds reasonable. Thanks for your input. Pulling the meat at 152 will make a big difference I bet! Thanks again.
@Kinger Thanks for the information. Your process, other than going to 178, is on in my mind. The only thing I do differently is an ice bath for 20 minutes. Showering for 10 minutes, if you are running a cycle and a fan in your smoker can work, but I still think an ice bath would bring it down faster and more. Last time I did thick summer sausage it was down to 110 in 20 minutes, I also tried showering it at 2 minutes on 2 minutes off for 20 minutes and it was only down to 136 (ish) but i did not have a fan running on them.
One more thing you might want to try, if you are stalled towards the end you can finish them up by putting them in a vacuum bag (I have done then hot, right from the smoker, some condensation in the bag but it still gets a good vac) and get some water going at around 165, it should get up to temp in under an hour depending on the thickness.