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!
@parksider Thanks for the follow up!! I was really watching the internal temperature when they were in the rolling (HOT) water and making sure to pull them right at the 165. And then right into the ice water bath.
You guys got a great job! Im pretty passionate about this kinda stuff. I enjoy it a lot and love doing R and D stuff! Keep up the fun work!
@Jonathon Yes Jonathon-it’s in your head
@mikeihuntr My only advice is to keep the water around 170F, not a rolling boil. If the casing are too tight they WILL explode then you have a really big pot of bad soup! A nice simmer is the way to go, take them out 155-160 and into a water bath. Here is a pic, we just use the turkey fryer with the basket. It makes it really easy to remove from the water and rinse. I will also recommend keeping a temp probe right in the meat you can see the wire going into the water. Good luck!!
This was a big topic of conversation because we do freeze/thaw/process/refreeze venison and pork, never an issue. As a former restaurateur and certified food handler here is what Dept of Agriculture has to say. I’ll defer to the experts:
Author: Alice Henneman, MS, RDN
The U. S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) advises:
Once food is thawed in the refrigerator, it is safe to refreeze it without cooking, although there may be a loss of quality due to the moisture lost through thawing. After cooking raw foods which were previously frozen, it is safe to freeze the cooked foods. If previously cooked foods are thawed in the refrigerator, you may refreeze the unused portion. Freeze leftovers within 3-4 days. Do not refreeze any foods left outside the refrigerator longer than 2 hours; 1 hour in temperatures above 90 °F.
If you purchase previously frozen meat, poultry or fish at a retail store, you can refreeze if it has been handled properly, according to USDA.
DO NOT thaw meat at room temperature, such as on the kitchen counter.
Safety will depend on whether the raw product was handled properly before it was frozen, refrozen shortly after it was thawed, cooked to a safe temperature when it is eaten and handled safely if there are any leftovers.
What temperature should I pull my cured and smoked bacon out of my smokehouse?
@jonathon it is printed on the Box. I’m looking for a bag that has a evoh barrier. Does Waltons carry a four or five mm evoh High barrier bag?