Cured sausage turning brown
Had a freind make cured country style sausage and it usually stays pink but turned brown this past time. It’s a bag of seasoning and a bag of cure ground 60% deer and 40% pork mixed it all together and in 5 minutes it all turned brown inside and out ???
@angel4us How was it cooked, what temperatures were used and what was the final temp? What additives were used? The pink color is set during the thermal processing phase when it starts it will have the brown color and once the nitric oxide interacts with the myoglobin (what gives blood its red appearance) and heat is applied that is when the pink will appear.
Could it be that the cure was left out? I’ve had it happen before. Could also be a problem with the seasoning or the cure.
The age of the animal will also affect the amount of myoglobin in available so that could be a factor as well.
What seasoning was it?
Let me know the answer to these questions and if I can’t figure it out I will talk to our food scientist to see if he has any better ideas!
Thanks jonathon but the guy came to work today and said he went home last night and went to package it up for freezer and it was red/pink! All good thanks again !!peace
@angel4us Thanks for the update and glad everything came out well in the end!
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Hmm really would like to know what happened here.
Glad it all turned out great, and my first thoughts went to the CURE.
Not really understanding what happened here???
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I have been making sausage for over 30 years and have to see a proper cured sausage not turn brown, not to worry it’s normal and will turn that beautiful red you look for during the smoke and cook process
The smallest fresh raw ham I could get was 25 pounds. I have five pounds of Country Brown Sugar brine mix. I am thinking that for this big of a ham I should just go ahead & use the whole five pound container of Walton Country Brown Sugar mix with two gallons of water & a little muscadine wine to get a 20% pump. Inject the ham along the bones & vein. Add the remaining brine to the ham in my turkey frying pot & brine for five days before smoking for about 14 hours. I am trying something different with the turkey & the ham this time using wine barrel staves for the wood rather than my typical Pecan, Hickory, Oak, etc. Does the brine mix sound right for the 20% pump & brine, or do you think I should still calculate it all down to 2.5 pounds of mix still? Any thoughts, tips, suggestions, or ideas are always appreciated.
Thank you, I really appreciate it. That is what I pretty well figured I would do & just put everything in one of those Aluminum BBQ pans I keep then into the coolers lined with Blue Ice at the bottom. The transport is only 4-5 hours, so I think it should be OK, so long as I cool it all down over night first. The ham I ended up with is 25 pounds so I will do one pan for the turkey, another for the ham (that may end up shredded), & others for smoked oyster stuffing, cream corn, sweet potatoes, smoked mashed potatoes, etc. Thank you for all your help, I really appreciate it.
I wish we could help out more on this one, but this is using someone else’s recipe and process in a way I don’t feel comfortable with (since they recommend not using a cure or nitrite/nitrate). There really isn’t an answer I’d feel safe giving you since this is not something we’ve done and tested like this before.
My suggestion on hams is always to follow our standard recipe here:
My best alternative suggestion is to look for more information from a state University Meat Extension Department. They have usually done the proper research and development to provide better guidance. The University of Missouri has an article here that might be of help: https://extension2.missouri.edu/g2526
For the future, I’ll see if we can develop a recipe and process here to provide better guidance towards processing hams in this manner.
New to the forum and excited to learn! Looking to smoke my first batch of summers on my smoker. I noticed they have strings for hanging, but my smoker is set up more like a traditional barrel grill.
Questions: If I lay my summers on the grate of the smoker, will the casings burst/burn?
Thanks in advance!
The article does not cover when to cold smoke a cured ham. I have 16 wild hog hams in brine as of last night. I need to know at what point do I put them in the smoke house for this phase of the process.