Thursday, October 25, 2012

Recipes for Making Sausage

Rick from Victoria, BC asked:

How about some really good recipes for sausages? Thanks. I like your show, it seems like you are really out there as opposed to so many shows we see where the "turkey hunter" is lead along by a guide. Here in Canada, we hunt on our own. 

Best Wishes,


Thanks for the complements and we do prefer to go at it on our own and I love hunting Canada!

Thanks for the question and this is a great one! One of my favorites! Here is what I tell many hunters: Don't be afraid to use prepackaged sausage seasoning kits like Hi Mountain's. Simply remember that all the prepackaged seasoning kits that you will find are simply a BASE flavor profile of the product, these kits are made to suit everyone's taste buds.

What you need to do is modify the seasoning kit to suit your taste. If you like a spicy product, add some additional Cayenne pepper or crushed red pepper, maybe some Cajun seasoning to spice it up a bit, some extra fine black pepper will also heat it up a bit.

If you want to sweeten it up a bit, add a little maple sugar or maple syrup, maybe some white cane sugar. If you want to increase the overall flavor of the product don't be afraid to increase the amount of base seasoning per batch. In other words: If the base seasoning says XX amount of seasoning for 20lbs of meat, add that same amount of seasoning to 16lbs of meat.

This is a great question and I love it! Keep a log book of the changes you make, every good processor has a hidden recipe book and they keep records of all the changes they make - this is the only way you will ever make a quality, consistent product.

How can you make the same product consistently if you don't keep track of how you make it each and every time? Get a book, keep track of what you do, and don't be afraid to make changes until you get the product you LOVE! Thanks for the great question!

Brad Lockwood
"The Meat Man"

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