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Buddy Dek

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What is the best Breakfast Sausage? Mon, 02/23/09 7:45 PM (permalink)
I always enjoy the larger size spicy (country) breakfast links while traveling. The NY area supermarkets, offer their own store made fresh, but the spices don't compare, to what I can get in Pennsylvania, at local breakfast joints. BJs wholesale starting selling a 5lb bulk tub, priced right, that I really wanted to like, but the links were tasteless. On another visit I tried a multi pack of Johnsonville , but even those  don' t compare in taste, texture or spice . My brother-in-law shared a 5lb box of Boars Head breakfast sausage, directly from the distributor, which were really good but I can't find them in any meat cases. What brand of sausage links do you recommend?                  BUDDY
 
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    CLVdog

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    Re:What is the best Breakfast Sausage? Mon, 02/23/09 8:27 PM (permalink)
    Hi. I prefer Hatfield brand Country Links. They are available throughout the Northeast. Check out their website at Hatfieldmeats.com
     
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      joclyn

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      Re:What is the best Breakfast Sausage? Tue, 02/24/09 12:21 AM (permalink)
      when i was mid-state a few years ago (outside of state college) there was a completely differnt type of sausage - absolutely tasteless as it had no spices.  so i can relate to what you're saying!

      i use habersett's brand.  pretty much local to southeastern pa. and south jersey - can also be found in some parts of delaware and maryland.


      hatfields is okay, that's local to me (i live about 15 miles from hatfield), it's not as spiced as habersett's, though.
       
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        jmshumakersr

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        Re:What is the best Breakfast Sausage? Thu, 02/26/09 7:10 AM (permalink)
        It's Bob Evans link sausage for me.  Unfortunately, I can't get it here in Colorado, at least nowhere that I've seen, but I always pay at least one visit to a Bob Evans restaurant when I go back east.
         
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          enginecapt

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          Re:What is the best Breakfast Sausage? Thu, 02/26/09 8:59 AM (permalink)
          Farmer John Firehouse Hot Brand Sausage


           
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            RedJim64

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            Re:What is the best Breakfast Sausage? Thu, 02/26/09 9:50 AM (permalink)
            Haven't met a breakfast sausage I couldn't grow to love!
             
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              joclyn

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              Re:What is the best Breakfast Sausage? Thu, 02/26/09 2:15 PM (permalink)
              RedJim64


              Haven't met a breakfast sausage I couldn't grow to love!


              i doubt you'd like the stuff i found mid-state in pennsy...osceola mills and surrounding towns.  that stuff was SO blah.  no spices - not even salt/pepper!!!   they WERE very meaty and had low fat content, so, that part was a plus...
               
               
               
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                JayL

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                Re:What is the best Breakfast Sausage? Fri, 02/27/09 12:04 AM (permalink)
                Country sausage from North Carolina.  Specifically eastern NC, and even more specifically sausage from Nahunta Pork Center.  Mild or Hot...it's good stuff.
                 
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                  brittneal

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                  Re:What is the best Breakfast Sausage? Fri, 02/27/09 2:18 AM (permalink)

                  Im not a huge sausage eater these days.  I always did like the Tenesee Pride whole hog sausage.  We got some last week for $1.29lb.  Compared to Jimmy Dean or the other big names, I think its every bit as good.
                   
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                    jellybear

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                    Re:What is the best Breakfast Sausage? Fri, 02/27/09 8:49 AM (permalink)
                    I agree with Jay! This place is just miles from me and the whole area where I live is swine country and belive me if you ride thru here you will know it.
                     
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                      Cosmos

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                      Re:What is the best Breakfast Sausage? Fri, 02/27/09 10:47 AM (permalink)
                      I either make my own from Bruce Aidell's recipes, or buy it from Liehs and Steigerwald in Syracuse, otherwise I don't eat it.
                       
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                        chewingthefat

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                        Re:What is the best Breakfast Sausage? Fri, 02/27/09 5:58 PM (permalink)
                        Broadbent's will do just fine thanks, so far ahead of commercial brands it would be an insult to them to compare!
                         
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                          CajunKing

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                          Re:What is the best Breakfast Sausage? Fri, 02/27/09 8:40 PM (permalink)
                          I love {looks around to see if anyone is going to laugh} Piggly Wiggly brand links or bulk, good flavor over all, the hot is nice and spicy

                           
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                            MikeS.

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                            Re:What is the best Breakfast Sausage? Sat, 02/28/09 3:43 AM (permalink)
                            Farmer John for me too. Nothing I've tried on the right coast has been as good.
                             
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                              douginvirginia

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                              Re:What is the best Breakfast Sausage? Sat, 02/28/09 7:28 AM (permalink)
                              jellybear


                              I agree with Jay! This place is just miles from me and the whole area where I live is swine country and belive me if you ride thru here you will know it.


                              Jay and Jellybear,
                               
                              I love the air-dried stuffed sausage, either hot or mild, from Billy's in Wallace, NC.  I usually bring back 25 lbs. in the cooler.
                               
                              Is the Nahunta widely available in the region? I'd like to try some next time I'm down your way.
                               
                              Doug  
                               
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                                jellybear

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                                Re:What is the best Breakfast Sausage? Sat, 02/28/09 8:42 AM (permalink)
                                Doug,You will have to go to thier store ,Its not available in stores.I like Billys also.
                                 
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                                  JayL

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                                  Re:What is the best Breakfast Sausage? Sat, 02/28/09 10:33 AM (permalink)
                                  A lady in my community at home is Billy's sister.  That will be similar to the Nahunta product.

                                  If you're ever over in norther Wayne County, find your way to Nahunta.  They have the nation's largest all pork retail counter.  I believe they sell at the farmer's market in Raleigh as well.

                                  But I'll tell ya...in a pinch...Neese's ain't bad, and you can get that in any grocery store.
                                   
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                                    ann peeples

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                                    Re:What is the best Breakfast Sausage? Sat, 02/28/09 11:32 AM (permalink)
                                    Jones natural links up in the north
                                     
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                                      enginecapt

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                                      Re:What is the best Breakfast Sausage? Sat, 02/28/09 12:37 PM (permalink)
                                      MikeS.


                                      Farmer John for me too. Nothing I've tried on the right coast has been as good.


                                      Next time you're out here, try the Firehouse Hot version. You like hot and flavorful spicy stuff if I recall correctly.
                                       
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                                        wheregreggeats.com

                                        Re:What is the best Breakfast Sausage? Sat, 02/28/09 2:42 PM (permalink)
                                        Cooks Illustrated name a frozen heat and serve sausage as best.  I forget the brand.

                                         
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                                          Adjudicator

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                                          Re:What is the best Breakfast Sausage? Sun, 03/1/09 7:45 AM (permalink)
                                          brittneal


                                          Im not a huge sausage eater these days.  I always did like the Tenesee Pride whole hog sausage.  We got some last week for $1.29lb.  Compared to Jimmy Dean or the other big names, I think its every bit as good.


                                          I agree.
                                           
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                                            rouxdog

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                                            Re:What is the best Breakfast Sausage? Sun, 03/1/09 9:23 AM (permalink)
                                            I prefer hand pressed spicy smoked patties. Once a year ,at least, I order sausage from Paris,,,,,,,,,,, Tennessee. Clifty Farm produces a fine fresh tasting breakfast sausage. Also I order a variety of their country ham offerings. I suggest you try their "american proscuitto". Check their website; cliftyfarm.com.
                                            <message edited by rouxdog on Sun, 03/1/09 9:25 AM>
                                             
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                                              Buddy Dek

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                                              Re:What is the best Breakfast Sausage? Sun, 03/1/09 6:37 PM (permalink)
                                              In a couple of days, I'll be traveling to the s/w including New mexico, arizona and Las Vegas. I hope to report back, with some food finds of interest. Hopefully , I'll be able to share some pics of my roadfood stops.
                                               
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                                                emsmom

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                                                Re:What is the best Breakfast Sausage? Fri, 04/10/09 8:07 PM (permalink)
                                                Here in piedmont NC, the best is Neese- it comes in several types, regular, hot, extra sage and a few more. Ort, they also make some good livermush
                                                 
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                                                  Wabbit

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                                                  Re:What is the best Breakfast Sausage? Fri, 04/10/09 10:30 PM (permalink)
                                                  I must agree, Neese's is great. It is never frozen, simply wrapped in wax paper. It is only fround in the south and Breakfast places will proudly tell you they serve Neese's. Their Liver Pudding is very good too!
                                                   
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                                                    carolina bob

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                                                    Re:What is the best Breakfast Sausage? Fri, 04/10/09 11:02 PM (permalink)
                                                    Wabbit, I agree about Neese's. Really good country sausage; it's my #2 favorite brand. The only brand that I like better is Ballard's, based in Wayne, West Virginia. Great stuff. Caution: DO NOT buy Ballard's "secondary brand" sausage under the Mountaineer name. That sausage is simply awful. I don't understand how the company can produce such a great product under their own brand name, and at the same time turn out such mediocre crud as the Mountaineer-branded sausage. A "bargain brand" perhaps?  
                                                     
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                                                      JMG

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                                                      Re:What is the best Breakfast Sausage? Fri, 04/10/09 11:50 PM (permalink)
                                                      I rarely buy breakfast sausage but when I do it's usually Bob Evans, links or patties. I prefer bacon.
                                                       
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                                                        MiamiDon

                                                        Re:What is the best Breakfast Sausage? Sat, 04/11/09 6:26 AM (permalink)
                                                        wheregreggeats.com


                                                        Cooks Illustrated name a frozen heat and serve sausage as best.  I forget the brand.


                                                        Farmland Pork Sausage Links, Fully Cooked
                                                         

                                                         
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                                                          Foodbme

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                                                          Re:What is the best Breakfast Sausage? Mon, 04/13/09 11:54 AM (permalink)
                                                          I use Penzey's Pork Seasoning Blend & make my own. Use it in links or patties.
                                                          http://www.penzeys.com/cgi-bin/penzeys/p-penzeysbreakfast.html

                                                           
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                                                            ZekeTheCat

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                                                            Re:What is the best Breakfast Sausage? Tue, 04/21/09 1:56 PM (permalink)
                                                            Here in the midwest , Wal Mart Super Centers just recently began to carry Farmland Premium Fully Cooked links and patties and are now, by far, my favorite breakfast sausage .  Jones Farms  fully cooked links and patties are just about as good but harder to find - sometimes at Kroger's and also at Gordon Food Service in larger three pound boxes. 
                                                            <message edited by ZekeTheCat on Tue, 04/21/09 1:58 PM>
                                                             
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