typical ratio of pork to venison? FROZEN not smoked sausage recipes only here.



  • Just wondering what most folks use when making breakfast sausage using venison, what is the range of pork % that could be considered “normal”?
    What ratio would be typical of italian sausage, chorizo?
    I made some with 50% pork/ venison and found it too taste just fine. It’s original recipe called for only 25% pork and I found that too firm, dry and cooked up like a hockey puck and likely to char during frying. What is most typical ratio amount for pork in breakfast sausage made from venison / pork?


  • Walton's Employee

    @schreib If you can find straight pork fat then 25% is okay but if you are using untrimmed porks butts then you should up that a little. That’s an important note, not all pork butts you get at the store will be untrimmed, one of the main reasons we recommend pork butts is that it has a nice fat cap on it, if that’s been trimmed off then you need to go closer to 50/50. I’d recommend that for Summer Sausage, Snack Sticks. Breakfast Sausage or Bratwursts.

    For Chorizo you want it fattier if you are going to make a traditional Mexican Chorizo, probably somewhere in the 50/50 range of lean to fat. I make my chorizo in a casing and eat them like a normal sausage so 70/30 ish is okay but if you want to add it to other dishes then you need a higher fat content.


  • Power User

    @schreib
    We do a lot of different sausages and find using pork butts are very easy to find, i always get the ones with the largest fat caps on them. We mix 50/50, our original recipe for snack sticks was 60/40 venison to pork, but no one likes to do that math, so 50/50 is how we’ve been making it for a long time and everyone loves it so we use that ratio for everything. We make a lot of different sausages at one time so it’s just easier to know we have a standard. Not sure where you’re at but we have a Restaurant Depot in town that sells 2-butt packs and discounts it if you buy more than 50# at one time. They have very good product and great price.



  • thanks. As it turned out I did use a pork butt, cost only $1.48/# on sale and pork fat appears to be running about 50 cents more. Pure fat is a lot harder to come by, guessing because there is just less of it – supply and demand. One recipe I was using called out pork fat and I directly substituted the ground pork butt and it tasted fine even at a 25% ratio. The other sausage experimental batch I made with 50% and it is even better. So, 50/50 is the future now. thanks for your input folks!


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