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Sundancer7

Hot Links Tue, 11/28/06 7:59 PM (permalink)
Since I have speht almost three months in Houston and have tried almost every restaurant around the medical complex, I have been recently shopping at the Fiesta Grocery store due to boredom.

I recently found Earl Campbell's hot links. They are apparently not available in Knoxville, TN. I am not an expert on Hot links. I am sure many of you are but I found these to be very good. Not real hot but enough to get the taste buds moving around.

The ones we have around Knoxville tend to be just like a hot dog with some coloring and hotness added. Earl Campbells have a much more definative taste.


My hotel is Marriott managed and each room has a so called kitchen which is a small fridge, dishwasher and a small microwave. I nuke the hot linksl. I recoginize that this is not the best way but it is the only alternative I have. Not bad with some relish and a small amount of mayo.

Paul E. Smith
Knoxville, TN
 
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    PapaJoe8

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    RE: Hot Links Tue, 11/28/06 8:25 PM (permalink)
    Paul, Earl's are good and to nuke em is not a bad way to fix em. I did a taste test of about 40 poker players who all liked hot links. Ealr's come in a close 2nd. Hilshire Farms All Beef won. You might try a pack if you run out of Earl's. I bet they do sell the Hilshire's in Knoxville.

    I like em w/ pickled nacho sliced jalapenos instead of the relish sometimes. You can chop em up smaller if you like. Your taste buds will move around then! They sell small jars of those. Oh, I like plain mustard but I like mayo also. Hmmm, mayo w/ the relish though, never tried mayo and jalapenos.

    Wishes and prayers that you and Vicki get to go home soon!
    Joe
     
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      Bushie

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      RE: Hot Links Tue, 11/28/06 8:40 PM (permalink)
      Those are excellent. True "hot links". Try grilling them at home.

      Much better than microwave...
       
      #3
        Sundancer7

        RE: Hot Links Tue, 11/28/06 8:43 PM (permalink)
        quote:
        Originally posted by Bushie

        Those are excellent. True "hot links". Try grilling them at home.

        Much better than microwave...


        I truly wish I were home to grill them. Unfortunately, I ain't.

        I hope to return home for a few days in late December and then it is back to Houston for about six weeks.

        Paul E. Smith
        Knoxville, TN
         
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          PapaJoe8

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          RE: Hot Links Tue, 11/28/06 8:53 PM (permalink)
          Bushie is right of coarse. They are still prety good nuked. Man, yall are makin me want a hot link!
          Joe
           
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            Bushie

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            RE: Hot Links Tue, 11/28/06 9:05 PM (permalink)
            quote:
            Originally posted by Sundancer7

            quote:
            Originally posted by Bushie

            Those are excellent. True "hot links". Try grilling them at home.

            Much better than microwave...


            I truly wish I were home to grill them. Unfortunately, I ain't.

            I hope to return home for a few days in late December and then it is back to Houston for about six weeks.



            My thoughts are always with you, my man.
             
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              tiki

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              RE: Hot Links Tue, 11/28/06 9:29 PM (permalink)
              Stickem in the smoker with your brisket and balogna!!! LOVE smoked links!!---and lookinmg forward to trying some Texas sausage and links---and cabrito!! in feb!
               
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                Foodbme

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                RE: Hot Links Tue, 11/28/06 9:45 PM (permalink)
                quote:
                Originally posted by tiki

                Stickem in the smoker with your brisket and balogna!!! LOVE smoked links!!---and lookinmg forward to trying some Texas sausage and links---and cabrito!! in feb!


                What's cabrito ????
                 
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                  Poverty Pete

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                  RE: Hot Links Tue, 11/28/06 9:54 PM (permalink)
                  Cabrito = goat.
                  Paul, perhaps Bushie and I can meet up with you somewhere between Houston and Austin around that time. I know you're going to have a lot on your mind, but I gotta believe Bushie and I can provide a little distraction for a few hours.
                   
                  #9
                    Sundancer7

                    RE: Hot Links Wed, 11/29/06 6:06 AM (permalink)
                    Poverty. When are you going to be in Texas?

                    Somewhere between Austin and Houston would be great.

                    Brisket, hot links, tacos or CFS. Does not matter to me. I am tired of hotel food.

                    Paul E. Smithg
                    Knoxville, TN
                     
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                      CajunKing

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                      RE: Hot Links Thu, 11/30/06 8:49 AM (permalink)
                      hmmmmm smoked cabrito yummy, oh to be in central tx again
                       
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                        CajunKing

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                        RE: Hot Links Fri, 12/1/06 10:12 AM (permalink)


                        No E. C. Hot Links anywhere to be found round here, Hillshire will have to do.
                         
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                          Luvstoeat

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                          RE: Hot Links Fri, 12/1/06 10:55 AM (permalink)
                          Sundancer,
                          I am very familiar with the Fiesta near the medical center (across from the old Astrodome), since I used to do business there regularly and also stayed at the Marriott. Fiesta carries a really nice brand of jalapeno potato chips along with a number of other interesting hispanic foods. It is a fairly interesting store to wander around (out of boredome). I hope you do realize that Goode and Company barbeque is literally 7-10 minutes from that area.....
                           
                          #13
                            Sundancer7

                            RE: Hot Links Fri, 12/1/06 11:08 AM (permalink)
                            quote:
                            Originally posted by Luvstoeat

                            Sundancer,
                            I am very familiar with the Fiesta near the medical center (across from the old Astrodome), since I used to do business there regularly and also stayed at the Marriott. Fiesta carries a really nice brand of jalapeno potato chips along with a number of other interesting hispanic foods. It is a fairly interesting store to wander around (out of boredome). I hope you do realize that Goode and Company barbeque is literally 7-10 minutes from that area.....


                            Where is Goode and Company BBQ located?

                            I shop Fiesta on a pretty regular basis since I am staying at the Residence Inn. I prefer them over Kroger which is directly next door to the hotel. Fiesta seems to cater to the Hispanic crowd.

                            Paul E. Smith
                            Knoxville, TN
                             
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                              Luvstoeat

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                              RE: Hot Links Fri, 12/1/06 11:31 AM (permalink)
                              http://www.goodecompany.com/goodeRestaurantBBQKirby.aspx

                              Just go north (I think north) on Kirby, which if memory serves is the street Fiesta is on....
                               
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                                ann peeples

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                                RE: Hot Links Fri, 12/1/06 11:40 AM (permalink)
                                Does anyone remember tealy(sp?)roasties?They were very red sausages about the size of a decent breakfast link,great smoked flavor and wonderful hotness.I used to get mine at Sawyer meats in East Troy,Wi.before they burned down..havent found a suitable replacement since.
                                 
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                                  PapaJoe8

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                                  RE: Hot Links Fri, 12/1/06 12:36 PM (permalink)
                                  Paul, let us know if you make it to Goode's. And I hope you can meet up w/ Bushie and Pete.

                                  CK, the only thing better about E.C. than Hilshire Farms is that E.C. are made in Texas. Oh, and our fortune awaites... Smoked Cabrito Hot Links!

                                  Ann, sorrry for your roasties loss. I have tried to track down who made a great hot link, sold at the closed down Cabbel's stores in Dallas, for years. I stumped the dallashistory.org folks with that one. If anyone here knows???
                                  Joe
                                   
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                                    Texianjoe

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                                    RE: Hot Links Fri, 12/1/06 1:06 PM (permalink)
                                    Sundancer, go north on Kirby you'll cross Old Spanish Trail, Main, The Stables Restaurant will be on you right, old steakhouse pricey but good. You go through a residential neighborhood still on Kirby you'll cross Holcomb, you'll come to The Village a shopping district on your right(worth exploring if you have some down time) you'll cross University Blvd, Rice Blvd. Start looking for a barn looking building to you right with cords of wood piled up on the side and a sign on the corner you have found it. Across the street is a giant armadillo thats where Oldthiemer posted earlier about their venison chili, yum. Another block or two on the left is Goode Co. taqueria they have a really good hamburger cooked over mequite wood.

                                    As for sausage try Chappell Hill Brand also sold in stores, or drive up Hwy 290 towards Austin for about 60 min. just past Hempstead Tx. is the sausage plant and they have a lunch counter, better than E.C. imo.

                                    If you have any questions or need anything PM or Email me I have lived here the majority of my life and would be more than happy to help any way I can.

                                    joe
                                     
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                                      MilwFoodlovers

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                                      RE: Hot Links Fri, 12/1/06 1:33 PM (permalink)
                                      quote:
                                      Originally posted by annpeeples

                                      Does anyone remember tealy(sp?)roasties?They were very red sausages about the size of a decent breakfast link,great smoked flavor and wonderful hotness.I used to get mine at Sawyer meats in East Troy,Wi.before they burned down..havent found a suitable replacement since.

                                      Thiele Roasties, originally were made just off Humboldt Ave. and the Milwaukee River in Milwaukee from the Thiele Sausage Co (I used to live nearby). They've been out of business for decades so perhaps Sawyer's butcher was a former employee. The somewhat similar in taste Polish Delights from Milwaukee long defunct but sorely missed South Side Sausage Co. can be found at Konop's Meats in Stangelville just south of Kewaunee. The big difference is that while the Roastie could be placed on a bun, the Polish Delights are much smaller and used mostly as a breakfast sausage. I believe I'm going to thaw some out and have some for breakfast tomorrow. Thanks Ann! And we now return the thread back to Texas Hot Links
                                       
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                                        Texianjoe

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                                        RE: Hot Links Fri, 12/1/06 1:50 PM (permalink)
                                        There is one town known for its hot links in Texas and it is Elgin. There are two major sausage makers Southside Market and Meyers. Elgin is on Hwy 290 about 30 miles east of Austin. I like Meyers sausage best and Southside BBQ best.

                                        http://www.southsidemarket.com/

                                        http://www.meyerselginsausage.com/

                                        JOE
                                         
                                        #20
                                          Sundancer7

                                          RE: Hot Links Thu, 12/21/06 2:18 PM (permalink)
                                          I just returned from the Fiesta grocery here in Houston and I noticed that Earl Campbell made two types of hot links. One was Red Hot Links and the other was Hot links.

                                          I have had the Hot Links and they were very good but the out side was a little tough.

                                          What is the difference between the two???


                                          Paul E. Smith
                                          Knoxville, TN
                                           
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                                            tantric_creed

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                                            RE: Hot Links Sun, 01/28/07 8:46 PM (permalink)
                                            I stock up on the red ones (Earl Campbel Hot Links) they seem to be spicier and to answer the question as to what the differences are I think it's mainly the ingredients.. Anyway I buy mine at Wal-Mart Supercenter and they seem to always have them in stock "except for when I go to buy them" And I have seen them all around the State of Texas so I guess that they are a State wide carrier of the product (Wal-Mart) that is.. But if you find them eat up and enjoy I think they are the best.....
                                             
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                                              mayor al

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                                              RE: Hot Links Sun, 01/28/07 9:22 PM (permalink)

                                              We enjoyed the Hillshire Farms Hot Links in SoCal for ages. Here in Southern Indiana there were in the groceries for a while a couple of years ago, but in the past year they have faded off the shelves. The stores still stock Hillshire farms brand Little Smokies and the Cheese-stuff sausage and even some of the Beef Links...but Not the HOT Beef Links. We hope to find a source soon. For a grocery-store link they are pretty good! I have tried Erlich and some of the other brands and find them really lacking!
                                               
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                                                tiki

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                                                RE: Hot Links Mon, 01/29/07 11:06 AM (permalink)
                                                I f your trvaeling through Oklahoma---North Texas--look for JC Potter hot links---but a word of caution--they make TWO--the one with chicken sucks!--the one with pork only is AWESOME!!
                                                 
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                                                  rlpw

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                                                  RE: Hot Links Fri, 02/23/07 1:56 PM (permalink)
                                                  I have Earl Campbell Hotlinks here in Murray Kentucky. I am a long term Texan who wound up here and keep several packages around just in case they stop putting them on the shelves. In fact, I have a brisket on the smoker right now smoking with Pecan wood and will put some links on later. I loved Earl's sauce he makes but the closest I can get is a mustard sauce made like this

                                                  * 1 cup prepared mustard
                                                  * 1/2 cup molasses
                                                  * 1/4 cup cider vinegar
                                                  * 1/4 cup honey
                                                  * 1 tablespoon oil
                                                  * 1/4 teaspoon powdered oregano
                                                  * 1/4 teaspoon powdered thyme
                                                  * 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
                                                  * 1/4 teaspoon cayenne

                                                  just simmer it up and it's done
                                                   
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                                                    janeil

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                                                    RE: Hot Links Fri, 02/23/07 2:04 PM (permalink)
                                                    If you can find yourself some Pittsburgh links. They are made in Pittsburg TX, my husband is from Tx. When we are going anywhere near there we have to stop and purchase some to bring back home. The best way to eat them is grilling.
                                                     
                                                    #26
                                                      Sundancer7

                                                      RE: Hot Links Fri, 02/23/07 2:40 PM (permalink)
                                                      My gauge for hot links has been upgraded considerably since my visit to Smittys and Kreuz.

                                                      Earl Campbells is a super commercial quick fix but I found out through personal experience that there are many many super fine sausage folks in Texas.

                                                      Maybe a hot link is not a sausage? I ain't that far along at this point but my six month Houston stay has sure improved my knowledge of Texas sausage and brisket.

                                                      Paul E. Smith
                                                      Knoxville, TN
                                                       
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                                                        MGWerks

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                                                        RE: Hot Links Fri, 09/5/08 5:14 PM (permalink)
                                                        Eighteen months since anyone has talked hot links?
                                                         
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                                                          Foodbme

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                                                          RE: Hot Links Fri, 09/5/08 5:45 PM (permalink)
                                                          quote:
                                                          Originally posted by MGWerks

                                                          Eighteen months since anyone has talked hot links?


                                                          OK---Here Ya Go---"Hot Links"!
                                                           
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                                                            ann peeples

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                                                            RE: Hot Links Fri, 09/5/08 5:59 PM (permalink)
                                                            Well, MGwerks,add your 2 cents worth! And welcome!
                                                            Ann
                                                             
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