Howdy wranglers, smoke addicts, and sausage craftsmen everywhere! Welcome to SausagesWest atThe Rusty Spur Ranch. I’m Chuckwagon and this is the place we say “Howdy” to new members. I reckon it’s also for “kickin’ up a little corral dust and stringin’ whizzers” (telling lies and tall tales), and gittin’ acquainted as well. How about lettin’ us know who you are and where you’re from? We’d like to know where you new members hang your Stetsons as well as a few more details about yourselves, so give us a big “Yeeee Haaaaw” and tell us all about yourself! cowgirls horses snow

Don’t be shy… you are mighty welcome in our outfit pards; you’re going to like this place. The recipes alone will have you grinnin’ like a burro eatin’ cactus! Pull up some campfire or some shade and pour some Arbuckles strong enough to float a Colt. Join in the story-tellin’ and fun. Be sure to check out all our sausage-making recipes in the recipe section and start making sausage! Most of all, have fun as you learn.

Duks LOVE ceviche! (Cali, Colombia, 2015)
Duks LOVE ceviche! (Cali, Colombia, 2015)

Tarnation! I reckon the language of the Old West could be just a little confusing to us today. For instance, today we would say something like, “Well, if that don’t beat all”. In the Old West, you would have heard, “Well, if that don’t take the rag off the bush”. And if something or someone was superior or outstanding – such as a man displaying leadership, he was the “Tall hog at the trough”! Well, I wish to introduce you to such a man… my ol’ pardner El DuckO in Texas. He thinks he’s a Duck and he will drive you crazy, but actually he’s a pretty smart ol’ bird! So, wipe yer’ chins waddies, and get a wiggle on. Fork your hosses; I reckon its time to absquatulate and mosey on down to the crumb castle. Bime-by, the belly cheater just had to cut up some bear sign! So grab yer eatin’ irons and reloadin’ outfits you bull nurses,  and skedaddle. Catawampously sidle up with that dough puncher. ”Oh yes, the west could be a harsh place with its own language alright. Have you got technical questions? Post ‘em and let us know. If we don’t have an answer, we’ll find one for you. We’re not so far away… only about “two whoops and a holler “.

Oh, I almost forgot! Be sure to click on the Duk’s photo above. He’s the guy NOT wearing his cowboy hat!

(I like to click right between his eyes!)… Now, click on the enlarged photo (again)… to enlarge it even more! This is his mayorial-candidate photo although we found it on a “wanted poster” in Texas! He actually looks pretty good for a man nearly a hundred years old… ‘eh?

 Best Wishes,

Chuckwagon and el Ducko  (Chuck n’ Duk)

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59 thoughts on “≡ WELCOME NEW WRANGLERS! ≡

  1. Welcome aboard “Smknpastor”! We’re glad to have you with us. Please let us know how we can help with your projects. We don’t know it all, but we can FIND answers for you! Besides that… we make great biscuits! Nice to have you here Pastor.

    1. Thanks for the welcome. I know that I’m going to have a lot of questions as I learn to make sausage. I want to make sure to do it safely too. Don’t want to kill off the few church members that I pastor. I will not be afraid to ask questions and appreciate the mood on this site. Have just been reading the project B so far and will start as soon as the supplies get here.

  2. Did you ever have a friend who really stood by you when the chips were down? Well, I have a friend called Huckleberry and he signed on today. “Clif” has been out of town (he has a unique job offshore) and he hasn’t had a chance to sign on with us here at SWest. So…. I just want to say, “Yeeee Hawww” and “Welcome aboard, Clif”. You have been missed. We’re looking forward to having you join in the chat with us.
    Huckleberry makes some of the finest sausage and meat products you’ve ever seen. He takes it seriously and does a top-notch job of crafting. Wow, I’d like to be hiding out in his kitchen right about now!
    Welcome so SausagesWest “Huckleberry”!

    Best Wishes,

  3. Let’s say hello to a new member! Howdy “Rudy” and welcome to SW. You’re going to like the folks here. They are a good bunch and very helpful to beginners. Hey Rudy, have you ever heard of the “Friesland” war horse? If you’d like to see something unbelievably gorgeous, just click on this link: https://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/Y5XJbSqwriM?rel=0

    The black Friesian “war horse” horse is a breed originating in Friesland, in the Netherlands. Although they resemble light draft horses, Friesians are graceful and nimble for their size. Shucks pal, they are absolutely beautiful and too magnificent not to send on to you! The horses were originally bred for war in the days of knights and armor. As armor got heavier, bigger horses were needed and the Friesian almost became extinct. Wait ‘til you see them move. They are incredible and you’ll note their extra-long manes and tails. Notice when they are performing on grass, their hoofs do not kick up a divot, as they actually land flat – footed. Creatures like these make the world go ‘round! Oh, and yes… be sure to have your audio on. The music is fascinating.

    Enjoy the show and again… welcome aboard!

    Best Wishes,

    Click on this link:

  4. Yaaa Hooo….. I mean… “Yeeee Hawww”!
    We have a new member and he’s welcome as vanilla ice cream for dessert! Welcome aboard “Chef Raoul”. Now watch out pard, we must test your courage! Yup, as a rite of passage and traditional introduction, you’ll have to watch “Cows With Guns”. Click on this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-IJBbtkBMMs

    Yes, at first it may damage your senses, but the impairment of your sight and mutilation of your nerves will only be temporary! Actually, I’m really worried that you may develop an aversion to Duck hunting. Once you start reading SausagesWest, you’ll have to keep “saltloads” in your Remington .12 gauge!
    Welcome aboard Chef! How about posting a little info about yourself so all these hombres can get to know you. There are many “heavy hitters” on this site that are willing to share their knowledge and help all they can.

    Best Wishes,

  5. Hey Duk! You…. you… rabid danged canary! You…. you…. perching pernis petrel! OOOOOOOooooooo….
    (Folks…. Just look at that mug… and the pretense of innocence!)
    Where is your cowboy hat? Where is your HAT?
    Enquiring minds want to know!

    1. For your information, I have traded my cowboy hat for a “gimme” cap in familiar green-and-black colors that reads “John Beer” and shows a buck with a mug of brew.
      Duk 😀

  6. CW, in one of his more sane moments, discovered that on “7- Sausage Recipe Index” page we left out the Chorizo link (as well as a couple of other hot topics). Those links have now been reinstated. Sorry, Chef Raoul, it’s “Chorizos of the Americas,” and covers only the fresh and smoked/cooked varieties of Chorizo.

    As you know, the really good, really Spanish, really fermented stuff is more complicated. I mentioned the “Charcuteria” book, and plan on trying what they do there but doing it in UMAI bags. It’s that or spending a couple of hundred bucks on a temperature-and-humidity-controlled box. Perhaps if you get into this a bit and your paella demand skyrockets, you can finance one. As for me, I’m merely a hobbyist. (Sigh.) Maybe some day…

    As to those sane moments, he promises that it won’t happen again.

  7. Hi Chef, The first photos that come up on our homepage (just below the welcome statement), are the topic names of the forums in SausagesWest. Sometimes they are a little slow in coming onto the screen… (because El DuckO used 90 weight oil in the mechanism)… but have patience – they will appear. Move your cursor slightly to speed them up. Look for number seven.

    Forum Number Seven (7) is the “Sausage Recipe Index”. Here is a direct link: http://sausageswest.com/7-recipe-input-a-collection-of-the-best-sausage-recipes-anywhere/
    If you scroll down to “chorizo” you’ll find two choices. The first has been taken directly from El DuckO’s book. Here’s a link: http://sausageswest.com/chorizo/
    I’m trying to get him to put his book in one of the main forums… but (believe it or not) he’s too shy! That cotton-pickin’ Duk… is too shy! Unbelievable! 🙄 So for now, we’ll have to use the index.

    To contact Shuswap, try a PM (personal message). On the homepage, the opening lines have a button for sending a personal message. The button is right next to the “Log In” button. Just click on it.

    Chef, when you get a chance, open forum #1 and read the topics in our knowledge database. I think you’ll be surprised. Please let me know if I may assist you or answer any questions.

    Best Wishes,

  8. The first time I met “Butterbean”, he was under his horse changing the oil. “Haaady Pard”, I said. Ol’ Butterbean didn’t have any words for me, but his right index finger reached up beneath the front brim of his “much too large” Stetson and tipped it back on his forehead precisely one inch!
    “I know you”, I said. ‘You’re the hombre from Georgia who rides with Uwanna, that bandit out of Great Falls, Montana”! “You’re the guys who held up the stage to Rock Springs and cooked sausage for all the passengers!”
    “Reckon I am” muttered Butterbean.

    “Wull uhh, grab some eatin’ irons and a reloadin’ outfit and join us at the campfire for viddles & grub… we’re havin’ barbecued baby-back ribs with South Carolina red sauce. There’s corn on the cob and baked potatoes with sour cream. We’ve got plenty of boiled beat greens and broccoli to make you healthy.”

    “Shucks pal, anyone who has a steering wheel on his horse and changes his oil regularly, is okay by me!” “Oh, yes… and don’t forget to gas up your steed! Lift his tail and you’ll find the place for that cold gas nozzle. Make sure it’s lead-free ‘supreme’. You’re sure to get a BIG KICK out of your trusty steed!

    Welcome to SausagesWest Joe. It’s nice to have you with us. We’ve enjoyed chatting with you on the “old site” and we’re looking forward to your advice and wisdom on this site. We’ve already welcomed Uwanna (Wally). He is a “founding member” of our site. (See: http://sausageswest.com/are-we-still-in-kansas-toto-comment-where/comment-page-2/#comments ) Oh yes, just one more thing… To become a member, You must click on this link and watch a short clip “Cows With Guns”. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-IJBbtkBMMs . Why? It’s a “tradition” ‘round these parts. Yeeee Hawwww!

    Best Wishes,

  9. Say there….. who is that shady-lookin’ hombre firin’ that six-shooter into the air? He’s ridin’ way to fast into camp and carryin’ a bank payroll in his left hand and pushin lead from the right! Now, slow down pard and join us fer a cup of Arbuckles. Park that steed and sit a spell. We’ll let you know if the sheriff shows up! Now what is your handle?
    LES you say. Well, welcome to the world’s greatest website, Les. We’re mighty glad to have you with us. Pull up that log and join us fer some viddles ’round the campfire. We’ve havin’ us some ribs n’ sauce with a side of brisket, corn on the cob, and plenty of salad and sourdough biscuits! Later on, I’ll play the banjo for you as the fire burns down. I should be able to play about three minutes before I start dodgin’ lead. That doggone El DuckO even uses a flipper crotch… he calls it a “slingshot”. Whew! Those boys mean business. Last time, they even tried hangin’ my banjo!
    We’re glad to have you with us Les. Why don’t you tell us where you’re from and tell us a little about yourself. Welcome aboard, pal.

    Best Wishes,

  10. Yeee Haaaww! We’ve got two new members to initiate into SW by forcing them to watch “Cows With Guns” at this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-IJBbtkBMMs It’s tradition you know! You just can’t call yourself a member until you suffer…. I mean… see… see it all the way through.
    We’re just grinning… yup grinnin’ like a mule eatin’ cactus! We’d like to welcome Ped (in the United Kingdom) and DanMcG (in New York) to SausagesWest. Here’s a great big “Howdy” boys and welcome aboard! We’re sure you are going to like this outfit. Make yourselves at home and sidle up to the campfire. There’s plenty of Arbuckle’s in the pot. Later on, I’m going to play the banjo, for your listening plea….. hey, where ya goin? Stay here boys… don’t leave. What’s your hurry? I’m going to play my banj…. Hey guys… come on back.

    Best Wishes,

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