Friday, December 16, 2011

What is the best way to season homemade sausage?

Paul from Waxahachie, TX said:
I have bought your advanced game video library, electric meat grinder, etc. Love your videos, but the question I need answered is: I want to make wow sausage. Not just good or okay products. What is or are the best spice kit products on the market to start with that are very flavorful? Give me your best advice, not just a brand that sponsors you. Thanks!

Paul, thank you so much for this very good question. I do cover this topic in the Advanced Sausage Processing DVD. Always keep in mind that the seasoning kits you purchase are ONLY a base flavor profile of the product. A Hickory Jerky seasoning, for example, is simply a flavor created in a lab to suit everyone's basic taste, not your specific taste buds. With that being said, pick a flavor that you like, then soup it UP! Change it, tweak it, modify it, add to it, make it your very own.

If it's not hot enough, add some crushed red pepper or cayenne pepper. If it's not sweet enough, add some sugar, maple syrup or brown sugar. If it's not salty enough, add some extra salt. If you like the flavor of a particular seasoning but it's too bland for you; rather than add one package for 15lbs of meat, add the entire package to 10 lbs. Most importantly, keep track of what you do. Write it down in a recipe book so you know what you did. Then, if you like it, you can do it again or modify it even more. Experiment with small batches made several different ways until you figure out what you like. In closing, always remember the pre-packaged kits are only base flavor profiles; you need to change them and make them YOUR VERY OWN. I have tasted several National Award Winning products that were simply a pre-packaged mix with a few additional ingredients added.

Good luck and thanks for the great question!

Brad Lockwood
The Meat Man!

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