Hot Links, where to find the best ???

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2006/06/14 16:19:22 (permalink)

Hot Links, where to find the best ???

Ok, I am taking my dog to the vet in Terrell Texas yesterday. I saw a sign that said "East Texas Hot Links", or was it all one word "hotlinks"? Anyway, I live in east Texas and have never tried one. My bad!!! I could't stop since the dog was with me but I've got to try one.

So now the question is, who makes the best hot links?
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    RE: Hot Links, where to find the best ??? 2006/06/14 16:28:00 (permalink)
    My personal favorites are from J.C Potter, here in Oklahoma----they make two different hot links---one comes in an 8-pack and is made with chicken---it's boring---the other is sold in 10lb boxes and is beef and pork--this is a KILLER Hotlink anyway you serve it---especially smoked!!---but egually satisfying cut up in chunks and simmered in a good sauce till hot as an appetizer. I also split them and fry em up for lunch!Got into hot links back in 72 when i was living in nthe Quarter---never found any as good as those in southern Louisiana untill i was introduced to these Potter ones---BTW--they make wonderful bacon and saugae too---and the ONLY "Light" product i ever really likes--their Lite breakfast sausage is wonderful!!!---grease free and still tasty!!
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    RE: Hot Links, where to find the best ??? 2006/06/14 17:23:17 (permalink)
    The ones I've had were at Pittsburg Hot Links in Pittsburg.

    You'd be able to find them at various places in towns like Mt. Pleasant, Gilmer, and Longview. All those are quite a bit east of Terrell, though!
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    RE: Hot Links, where to find the best ??? 2006/06/14 17:39:24 (permalink)
    Bushie, I've had a Pittsburg at first monday in Canton, Tx. It was good. I think the "East Texas" may be diff.

    Oh, when I was a kid they had great hot links at Cabbels stores in Dallas. I would save my mowing $$ and ride my bike up to get one. I always chased em down w/ an RC coala, mmmm. You got em out of a small white oven near the counter. They were real snappy skined and served on white bread. I have yet to find a hot link like those. Wish I could!!
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    RE: Hot Links, where to find the best ??? 2006/06/14 17:51:03 (permalink)
    And oh, Tiki, I have seen the J. C. Potter brand here in Texas. Not sure it was a hot link though, sausage maybe. I will try some of whatever it is since you like it so much.

    And, hot links were a favrite late night snack at my poker game. I did a study of the ones sold in stores in Dallas, and what folks liked the best. The winner was Hillshire farms all beef, second was Earl Cambell. This was out of about 50 poker playing hot link snackers.
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    RE: Hot Links, where to find the best ??? 2006/06/14 18:25:41 (permalink)
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    Bushie, I've had a Pittsburg at first monday in Canton, Tx. It was good. I think the "East Texas" may be diff.


    Actually, the Pittsburg hot link is the original "east Texas hot link". Those stubby little dark things ARE geniune east Texas hot links.

    There are lots of different sausages called hot links, but you had asked about "East Texas" ones.
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    RE: Hot Links, where to find the best ??? 2006/06/14 18:45:11 (permalink)
    Bushie, I am always humbled by your food knowledge! And I thought I was smart... I hope to get back to Terrell soon and will probably report back that they are selling Pittsburgs.

    Now for a real challange, who made those links sold at Cabbels in Dallas back in tha ??? 50s. Man were they good! I have yet to find anything close to the same.
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    RE: Hot Links, where to find the best ??? 2006/06/15 14:44:41 (permalink)
    Howdy,

    I, too am an East Texan. Well, SE Texas; grew up in Beaumont. Now I live up in Shreveport/Bossier City: the de-facto capitol of E. Texas ;)
    What about Earl Campbell hot links? I ask because I'll soon be serving them at my hot-dog cart. Anyone?

    LarryRickenbacker

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    RE: Hot Links, where to find the best ??? 2006/06/15 15:04:47 (permalink)
    Being a NY'er born and bread, although with family in Texas since '63, on my last trip to the Lone Star State, I was determined to get a "genuine" Texas Dog.
    Imagine my shock when I mentioned to my cousin that I wanted to try one of these delicacies while I was there - and he gave me a blank look and said (in that drawl he's acquired), "Texas Dogs? What are they?"
    Somewhat chagrined, I tried to explain....sigh....another myth exploded in front of my eyes!
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    RE: Hot Links, where to find the best ??? 2006/06/15 15:13:04 (permalink)
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    Howdy,

    I, too am an East Texan. Well, SE Texas; grew up in Beaumont. Now I live up in Shreveport/Bossier City: the de-facto capitol of E. Texas ;)
    What about Earl Campbell hot links? I ask because I'll soon be serving them at my hot-dog cart. Anyone?

    LarryRickenbacker



    Earl Campbell links are really good. They are more like what I've always thought of as a "hot link"; firm and spicy. Your customers will like them.
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    RE: Hot Links, where to find the best ??? 2006/06/15 15:18:39 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by PapaJoe8


    Now for a real challange, who made those links sold at Cabbels in Dallas back in tha ??? 50s. Man were they good! I have yet to find anything close to the same.
    Joe

    Sorry, can't help ya there. I did some searching, but the only reference to Cabbel's I found was on some discussion board about Dallas history, but they didn't say much about it.

    Those links sure sound good, though!
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    RE: Hot Links, where to find the best ??? 2006/06/15 15:30:44 (permalink)
    Lol Paul, you would have gotten the same response from me. But, a foot long with some Texas style chili, covered with cheddar cheese, jalapenos, and Frito's on the side might be a Texas thing?

    Hey Larry, welcome! I am actually from Dallas but now live just east at lake Tawakoni. About Earl Cambell links, they are real good I think, but they did get beat out by Hillshire Farms all beef at my poker game. Hillshire's are way more expensive though. I think Eerl's would be a good choice for what you are doing. Those J.C.'S sold in the 10lb. box, that Tiki mentioned, might be worth checking out but I have never had one. And good luck in LA!
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    RE: Hot Links, where to find the best ??? 2006/07/14 18:15:23 (permalink)
    Howdy,

    Bushie, thanks for the encouraging word about Earl Campbell hot-links. If nothing else they've got big name recognition ;)

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    RE: Hot Links, where to find the best ??? 2007/01/27 17:23:59 (permalink)
    I was born in Winnsboro, neighboring town to Pittsburg Texas. I think the Pittsburg Hot Link is the best! I have noticed if you go to the supermarket it may say Pittsburg Hot Link, but it is not always what you get at the restaurant.You don't eat the REAL Pittsburg link in a hot dog bun...you eat it with crackers and HOT Sauce! Now... for a hot dog link... EARL is the best. They may be spicy....but they are yummy!
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    RE: Hot Links, where to find the best ??? 2007/01/27 17:29:01 (permalink)
    hubster loves earl campbell hot links.
    he has me cook them up and add to his rice and beans.
    he says they're not real spicy but they have a good
    mix of flavor.
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    Re:Hot Links, where to find the best ??? 2009/03/10 14:35:23 (permalink)
    Papa Joe was looking for the name of the hot link sold at Cabell's in Dallas in the 50's and 60's.  I grew up in Tarrant County and the 7-11 stores sold a hot link the same way that you described at Cabells.  These hot links were made by Herby's Sandwiches in Fort Worth. They were crunchy on the outside and spicy inside and you got two pieces of white bread for 25 cents.  The best hot links then and now.
    It's possible that Clouds Sandwiches bought out Herbys Sandwiches, but Clouds hot links are nothing like Herbys.
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    Re:Hot Links, where to find the best ??? 2009/03/10 17:12:35 (permalink)
    I second the Earl Campbells hot links, they're available in some markets here in KC and pretty good

    Local place here in KC- Fritz's- has excellent meats and sausages of all kinds, italian, garlic, brats, chorizo, andoulie and hot links, serve them for lunch and of course you can buy what you want, outstanding jerky also.
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    Re:Hot Links, where to find the best ??? 2009/03/10 18:26:07 (permalink)
    Bj's, wow,,, that sounds like them, thanks! But ohh, no longer made. what a shame! :~(

    I would save my $$$, ride my bike to Cabbels and buy two of those hot links. An RC Cola was my drink of choice to wash them down with. There was no 7-11 back then that I remember. I think they might have bought out Cabbell's (spelling in question?) at some point.

    I think Earl's will sell good. They would be what I would choose. You still around Larry?
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    Re:Hot Links, where to find the best ??? 2009/04/09 12:22:02 (permalink)
    Papa Joe, I may have found a hot link almost as good as what you got in the 50's at Cabell's and I got at 7-11's in Fort Worth.  Have you been thru Munster Texas.  Stop
    at Fischer's Meat Market in Munster, Texas, west of Gainsville on  Hwy 82.  Turn 2 blocks north at only red light in town.  Hot links are beef and pork with crunchy skins and spicy inside.  Also try the smoked cheeses.  It worth a trip some Saturday.
    Let me know how you like them.
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    Re:Hot Links, where to find the best ??? 2009/04/09 13:52:44 (permalink)
    Ok everyone, where can I order the best available Texas hot link? I've had hot links from only one place and that was here in NC at Dickey's BBQ. I know links are probably an afterthought for them so come on and help out a guy.  


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    Re:Hot Links, where to find the best ??? 2009/04/09 14:24:18 (permalink)
    PapaJoe8


    So now the question is, who makes the best hot links?
    Joe

    Well, there was this great place for hotlinks in Orange, Texas back in 1954, but I can't recall the name.

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    Re:Hot Links, where to find the best ??? 2009/04/09 15:05:56 (permalink)
    Bj's... Thanks! I hope I can make that trip soon! Crunchy, spicy... you nailed it.

    DL, Dicky's started out around the block from me. I have never had a hot link there. I will give it a try.

    Michael... your memory is as bad as mine! :~)

    Do yall know the first sign of Alzheimer's??? ... Shoot... I can't remember. @#^%*&
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    Re:Hot Links, where to find the best ??? 2009/04/09 15:09:01 (permalink)
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    Bj's... Thanks! I hope I can make that trip soon! Crunchy, spicy... you nailed it.

    DL, Dicky's started out around the block from me. I have never had a hot link there. I will give it a try.

    Michael... your memory is as bad as mine! :~)

    Do yall know the first sign of Alzheimer's??? ... Shoot... I can't remember. @#^%*&
    Joe


    Papa, they taste good to me but what do I know growing up in NC. I know good homemade pork air dried sausage but we made ours super hot.

    Dennis in Cary 
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    Re:Hot Links, where to find the best ??? 2009/04/09 16:21:43 (permalink)
    Dl, hey... folks in NC know allot! I will be trying a Dicky's hot link. Their brisket was once good. It might be good in your area? It's kinda bland now at the first Dicky's location. :~(
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    Re:Hot Links, where to find the best ??? 2009/04/10 13:54:06 (permalink)
    Dickey's brisket is not bad here, but I prefer their hot links, pulled pork, and the wife their ribs. I don't cook ribs as often as I used to so she will order them their sometimes. She also likes the italian marinated chicken breast but I don't associate that with a Texas smoke shack.

    I do like their baked potato casserole, rather tasty. I always get their hot barbecue sauce, I could actually eat it with fresh bread.


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    Re:Hot Links, where to find the best ??? 2009/04/10 15:31:34 (permalink)
    DL, that baked tater casserole IS good. I might try to copy that. Any ideas?
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    Re:Hot Links, where to find the best ??? 2009/04/10 16:29:52 (permalink)
    I am thinking I can make it if I go try it again. I am able about 50-60% of the time to taste something and figure out what is in it. I might try and see if the wife is in the mood for ribs tonight so I have a reason to go there.

    If I do I will see if I can replicate it here in the confines of our lovely palatial estate, LOL
     


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    Re:Hot Links, where to find the best ??? 2009/04/10 16:54:49 (permalink)
    LOL, thanks Dennis! I am kinda the same way as you. I can usually figure out how to make almost anything after I taste it a few times. And... try making it a few times. I did say "almost"! :~)
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    Re:Hot Links, where to find the best ??? 2009/04/10 17:46:47 (permalink)
    YEAAAAHHHHH!!!! I am heading to Dickey's in a little git to pick up ribs and hot links for dinner. The wife said to just get her a side of ribs and she'll be happy. I plan to get the potato casserole and see if I can figure it out.


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    Re:Hot Links, where to find the best ??? 2009/04/13 14:04:39 (permalink)
    Okay, can onyone give me the name of a company that has good hot links that will ship? 


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