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  • Joined: 11/17/2004
  • Location: Erwin, TN
GOOD sausage???? Fri, 01/28/05 8:14 AM (permalink)
I have yet to find a decent sausage in Northeast Tennessee. The best store bought I have EVER SEEN is Bass Farm sausage made in Spring Hope, North Carolina but they are only available in that region. HELP!!!!

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    • Joined: 3/20/2005
    • Location: Johnson City, TN
    RE: GOOD sausage???? Thu, 04/28/05 7:19 AM (permalink)
    I have about given up and am thinking of trying my hand at making my own. I have not had the Bass Farm, but Neese's, also only in North Carolina, is the best I have had.

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      • Joined: 1/21/2005
      • Location: Adrian, MI
      RE: GOOD sausage???? Thu, 04/28/05 9:15 PM (permalink)
      I make good sausage.

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        • Joined: 1/15/2005
        • Location: Alum Creek, WV
        RE: GOOD sausage???? Thu, 04/28/05 11:30 PM (permalink)
        Sausage is actually quite easy to make. Get a basic recipe and then work on it. I make about 15# of deer sausage every year. Vacuum packed in the freezer. . . it usually lasts till summer. . . a 1# package every few weeks.

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          • Joined: 10/9/2003
          • Location: P.H., MI
          RE: GOOD sausage???? Fri, 04/29/05 12:27 AM (permalink)
          I am not sure what kind of sausage you are talking about but if you want to try your hand at making it yourself you find all kind of recipes here. Not all the sausage is smoked on here so dont let the name fool you.

          I hope this helps. Barry in MI


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            • Joined: 6/27/2003
            • Location: Ashland, MA
            RE: GOOD sausage???? Fri, 04/29/05 1:17 AM (permalink)
            Try Fortuna's Sausage ( from Rhode Island. Kind of pricey, but their soppresata is to die for. Jay Leno swears by it.

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              • Joined: 10/1/2004
              • Location: Millbury, MA
              RE: GOOD sausage???? Fri, 04/29/05 10:01 AM (permalink)
              It sounds like an excuse for a roadtrip to Springhope, NC!! Mr Pig, we have not had a recent update on your new store. How is it going? Well we hope.
                prison cook

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                • Joined: 5/6/2006
                • Location: Grand Rapids, MI
                RE: GOOD sausage???? Sat, 05/6/06 7:37 PM (permalink)
                If you can find it in your area, you can't go wrong w/ old folks brand.. yummy!!
                  Pat T Hat

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                  • Joined: 5/2/2006
                  • Location: Butler, KY
                  RE: GOOD sausage???? Sat, 05/6/06 8:13 PM (permalink)
                  The country singer George Jones has lent his name to a sausage that make a real good gravy. It was on sale in my tiny small town grocery and I decided to give it a whirl. Almost enough fat, I add just about 2 more tbl's. Nice flavor and mild, made from good cuts. Tastes like sausage and nothing more. I think it's made in Woodland or Woodland Mills Tenn.

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                    • Joined: 4/5/2005
                    • Location: west liberty, KY
                    RE: GOOD sausage???? Sat, 05/6/06 8:53 PM (permalink)
                    I love George Jones sausage... It has a great flavor and is really one of the better sausages on the market.

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                      • Joined: 8/3/2005
                      • Location: Norfolk, MA
                      RE: GOOD sausage???? Sat, 05/6/06 9:06 PM (permalink)
                      There's a company called Nick's out of Hyattsvill MD. that only does foodservice products.

                      Great meaty taste and not much fat......big in the mid-atlantic states...but I think it's available throughout the country

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                        • Location: West Palm Beach, FL
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                        RE: GOOD sausage???? Sat, 05/6/06 9:44 PM (permalink)
                        Craft your own to your tastes... You wont regret it... All it takes is a cheap meat grinder, some meat and spices... (And a tad bit of patience).


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                          • Joined: 8/15/2005
                          • Location: columbus, oh
                          RE: GOOD sausage???? Tue, 05/9/06 2:55 PM (permalink)
                          Since I work so much, and on the run, I buy these frozen link sausages. They are delicious.
                          When I have time, I buy Jimmy Dean Sage flavoring sausage and mold my own. I also use it in my dressing at Thanksgiving time.
                          But in a pinch, these frozens ones are very very good.
                            Art Deco

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                            • Joined: 6/12/2002
                            • Location: Nashville, TN
                            RE: GOOD sausage???? Thu, 05/11/06 2:15 PM (permalink)
                            The spice recipe for that George Jones sausage was developed by a small meat processor near my hometown. It is quite good, if you are referring to a non-smoked breakfast sausage. My dad buys their house brand sausage seasoning (different recipe from GJ), grinds it with lean venison and then mixes that 50%/50% with commercial breakfast sausage. It is very tasty...

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                              • Joined: 10/8/2004
                              • Location: Jackson, MS
                              RE: GOOD sausage???? Fri, 05/12/06 2:53 PM (permalink)
                              My favorite breakfast sausage is the hot version of Winn Dixie house brand "WD". I can't get it any more, because all the Winn Dixie stores here closed, but it was really good.

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                                • Location: Milwaukee, WI
                                RE: GOOD sausage???? Fri, 05/12/06 10:04 PM (permalink)
                                You might want to try Penzey's mix (I add extra crushed chili peppers)

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                                  RE: GOOD sausage???? Sat, 05/13/06 12:50 PM (permalink)
                                  All this talk about home made breakfast sausage came in handy when I saw my local Hispanic supermarket, El Rey, had a ground pork special for $1.19/lb. I did some googling and found enough recipes for me to tackle 4#'s worth. I mixed it up, seperated it into breakfast sized vacuum Foodsaver bags and made up 6 tubes worth. Per pound I used about:
                                  salt-1 tsp-1/2 Tbl
                                  pepper-1/4-1/2 tsp. black pepper
                                  sage-1/2 tsp
                                  crushed red pepper-a good sprinkle
                                  I'd be real surprised if this doesn't turn out well.
                                    Bob in Cary

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                                    • Joined: 4/21/2006
                                    • Location: Cary, NC
                                    RE: GOOD sausage???? Thu, 05/25/06 11:16 AM (permalink)
                                    If you have a Fresh Market around you try their country sausage. It has less spice than the packaged brands and actually browns when you cook it. It's in the meat counter and usually sculpted into the shape of a pig.

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                                      • Location: Fontana, CA
                                      RE: GOOD sausage???? Fri, 05/26/06 1:53 AM (permalink)
                                      I'm addicted to Farmer John Firehouse Hot bulk or link sausage. Very flavorful and a bit of a bite. I save the red, spicy grease it puts off for sauteeing onions and stuff in.

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                                        • Location: Glendale, AZ
                                        RE: GOOD sausage???? Tue, 06/6/06 1:44 PM (permalink)
                                        I like the Bob Evans large links, but...the best sausage I know of is made by Hahn's in Westminster, MD. Hard to find out of the Baltimore region, however.

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                                          • Joined: 12/9/2003
                                          • Location: Durham, NC
                                          RE: GOOD sausage???? Wed, 06/14/06 2:41 PM (permalink)
                                          In the Carolina Triangle, Cane Creek Farm produces some of the best sausage I've ever had. Country, Sweet Italian, Hot Italian, and occasionally brats.

                                          They sell at local farmer's markets such as Carrboro and Saxapahaw.

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                                            • Joined: 6/7/2006
                                            • Location: bristol, RI
                                            RE: GOOD sausage???? Wed, 06/14/06 3:11 PM (permalink)
                                            a stick or 2 of Landjaeger from Snow Goose Farmstand (throw in some salmon jerky too) in Conway, WA, followed by a cone of their marionberry iceream (for breakfast on the road)

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                                              • Joined: 1/13/2006
                                              • Location: Dallas... DFW area
                                              RE: GOOD sausage???? Wed, 06/14/06 3:53 PM (permalink)
                                              Bob in, you are right, meat market breakfast sausage is good. I add a bit of red pepper to mine.

                                              I like all kinds of sausage. This may saoun weird but, for those who like healthy stuff, Butterball makes a good turkey sausage. Not breakfast sausage, the other kind.

                                              I also like anything Hillshire Farms makes.

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                                                • Location: Murfreesboro, TN
                                                RE: GOOD sausage???? Thu, 06/15/06 9:33 PM (permalink)

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                                                  • Joined: 10/27/2003
                                                  • Location: Kaukauna, WI
                                                  RE: GOOD sausage???? Sat, 06/24/06 2:33 AM (permalink)
                                                  I should try breakfast sausage from the local meat market someday. The links are VERY good but I havent tried the sausage itself.

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                                                    • Joined: 6/25/2006
                                                    • Location: Toronto, On/Huntsville, AL
                                                    RE: GOOD sausage???? Mon, 07/10/06 9:25 AM (permalink)
                                                    I make a couple of different breakfast sausages. I make a knock off of JD sausage
                                                    16 ounces ground pork
                                                    1 teaspoon salt
                                                    1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
                                                    1/4 teaspoon rubbed sage
                                                    1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
                                                    1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
                                                    1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
                                                    1/4 teaspoon coriander
                                                    1/4 teaspoon savoury
                                                    I make patties out of this.
                                                    I also make one with just 1 tsp. salt, 1.5 tsp. pepper and 1.5 tsp. garlic per pound of meat which I stuff into casings. You can just buy ground pork. It's good enough.
                                                    For a more healthy alternative, use ground turkey. Make sure you add 1 tbsp of water since turkey is much more dense.


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                                                      • Location: Given, WV
                                                      RE: GOOD sausage???? Mon, 07/10/06 11:30 AM (permalink)
                                                      It's gotta have fennel seed in it, otherwise it's not sausage!

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                                                        • Location: Marriottsville, MD
                                                        RE: GOOD sausage???? Mon, 07/10/06 11:53 AM (permalink)
                                                        Originally posted by WVHillbilly

                                                        It's gotta have fennel seed in it, otherwise it's not sausage!

                                                        Oh, here he goes again...............
                                                          Wandering Chew

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                                                          • Joined: 10/17/2004
                                                          • Location: Miami, FL
                                                          RE: GOOD sausage???? Sun, 08/6/06 4:15 PM (permalink)
                                                          Originally posted by WVHillbilly

                                                          It's gotta have fennel seed in it, otherwise it's not sausage!

                                                          For Italian I agree- though it is a matter of taste.

                                                          Breakfast sausage however doesnt need and probably loses some of its flavor with fennel- I assume you're not referring to bkfst suasage???

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                                                            • Location: Austin, smoke?
                                                            RE: GOOD sausage???? Sun, 08/6/06 4:54 PM (permalink)
                                                            Originally posted by MilwFoodlovers

                                                            You might want to try Penzey's mix (I add extra crushed chili peppers)

                                                            I like Penzey's and I am kicking myself in the head as I forgot to visit the store. I live 45 miles away, but on Friday I was in the town where it is. They have interesting stuff.

                                                            I noticed that their recipe includes one thing that I think is important to breakfast sausage; sugar. Dextrose is listed, but I think that its purpose needs to be explained to me...
                                                            I think a hint of sweet makes for a good sausage and contrasts to the salt, pepper and herbal flavors. Sage is important. So is black pepper in my book.

                                                            I see some home made recipes here and they all sound good, but they lack something sweet. I would be inclined to put in some white, brown or (and I bet this is good) maple sugar.

                                                            I have a meat grinder, and I know how to use it......


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