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Keep it clean, folks! (…more or less.) sausage making

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  1. Well, I’m once again back in the saddle and getting ready to make a batch of hipshot burgers, wild hog sausage, and smoke up some maple-honey bacon. I’m wondering where I go on this forum to change my password to one that I might actually be able to remember? I lost all my pictures and quite a few websites from a recent computer crash, so I’m starting out pretty darned fresh. In the last year or so I’ve gotten into canning kokanee and salmon, a wonderful alternative to smoking, tho canning SMOKED kokes and salmon is about as good as it gets. Anyway, if I can get this password thing straightened out I’ll be around here a bit more often. I certainly hope CW, the Duckster, Shuswap, Krakowska and others are all doing well and still smokin’ and stuffin’. RAY

    1. Hey Duk, I’ve heard that a man has to have an “iron constitution” to eat andouilette! Is it true? I’ve heard that anyone who has tried it once has to be held down the second time by three men and a boy just to get it past his tongue, and then it is still a struggle to get him to swallow! Is it twue? Is it twue? And what about the guy who invented the stuff? Did they really hang him then shoot him two days later? Did they really dig up the body a week later just to shoot him again?
      Hmmm…. this sausage is not to be confused with andouille.

      1. Tripe-based products are a well-known remedy for alcohol over-indulgence. Tripe soup is very popular as a South Texas morning-after cure called menudo, especially popular on New Year’s Day. But see…? The French understand tripe’s medicinal properties too. I urge you to try it. It cures just about everything except ugliness. (You’re on your own, there.)

  2. …been a while since I updated anything. Sorry about that. We’ve been busy moving. It’s given me a chance to revise my cold-smoking setup, just in time for Texas temperatures to plunge into the fifties! WooHoo! I used to use a length of gutter downspout to get the smoke from my Amazin’ smoke generator nice and cool. Well, as it turns out, the hole in the side of my Masterbuilt smoker where you’re supposed to load chips is the perfect diameter for 3-inch stove pipe. I raised the smoker up on top of some cement blocks, stuck the whole thing inside a plastic garden tool enclosure for weather-proofing, and ran the smoke pipe upward to it from near ground level at a slight angle. There’s just enough heat to give smoke some upward convective flow, once it gets going. I find that using a hair dryer to blow air when starting the Amazin’ pellets burning really helps. Light up the Amazin’ and, when it gets going, stuff it up into the end of the stove pipe, then run the hair dryer blower to get things moving. (Good luck explaining things to the wife, however.)

  3. This is a test, Thanks Duck 🙂 Yeah we did OK here in Sarasota, we were very, very lucky that Irma turned inland in Ft Meyers and was downgraded. I think we got about 4 inches. Man Houston got wiped out! Feel so bad for the everyone affected by this global climate change. Have you heard from Ray? Been thinking about him and his family with all the fires on the west coast. We are thinking of you Ray. Did some smoking, mostly kielbasa, and Canadian bacon. Got friends who enjoy it here and it is quite a conversation arises on process. Got a hold of an old chest freezer and made it into a basic smoker. Works out well, electric 1500 watt hot plate and I use a lot less wood and easier to control temp. Tried putting in a small fan inside and seemed to work well until it burnt out due to heat, It did cut down on drying time and thought it might work like a convection oven. I’ll get there. Take Care Guys, CW were are you? LOL

  4. It’s good to hear that everyone is alive and smokin’! I’ve managed to change to a password that I can actually remember. I’ve been making my soon to be patented Wild Hog Sausage with Cabernet and Garlic, smoking some Canadian bacon, and of course the always popular hipshot burgers in 25 pound batches. All charcuterie efforts are produced in the manner taught to me by the master himself, the one and only Chuckwagon. A new meat mixer that attaches to my one horsepower grinder has been acquired, can mix up to 33lbs in a load. This shoulder saving devise is a real pleasure to have on board. Next up will be 12 pork belly turned into maple-honey bacon smoked in my Pro 100. Life is good! RAY


  5. Anybody still makin’ CW’s famous hipshot burgers? I know I sure am!
    Hipshot Burgers
    12 lbs. beef
    8 lbs. porkbutt
    3/4 cup Soy Protein Concentrate
    6 tbsp canning salt
    ¼ cup powdered dextrose
    ¼ cup ground pepper
    2 tsp coriander
    2 cups cold milk
    Cube the beef and porkbutt and run thru medium plate on the grinder. Add the dry ingredients with the cold milk in a bowl and wisk, throw all the meat and stuff in the bowl into a meat mixer and toss around for 3-4 minutes. Press into 8oz. patties, shrink-wrap and freeze. Shop right and you’ll have the best juicy burgers on the planet for about $2.75 a pound

  6. Making “Smoke-n-Choke Turkey” for Christmas dinner? If so, you’d better be brining the thawed bird by now, or you’re out of time! My family has demanded this recipe for several years in a row, now. I smoke the bird for two to four hours, then move it inside and cook it as usual. Be sure to follow Chuckwagon’s guidelines on not overcooking. This recipe is the BEST!

    1. No smoke ‘n choke for Christmas this year Duk, we’re having a ham I smoked up a couple weeks back. It’s the first time I’ve ever smoked a pig leg from a domestic hog, but it sure looks like the real deal. For Thanksgiving I deep-fried a couple of 14lb turkey birds in peanut oil. It was nice to see I hadn’t forgot how to get that done. Merry Christmas y’all! RAY

  7. CW taught me all I know about sausage making and charcuterie. We emailed jokes and banter back and forth for the last 4-5 years, tho I never got to meet him in person, he was in failing health by the time we were going out to his neck of the woods at Flaming Gorge. He will be missed, may he rest in peace. RAY

    1. Yep, I’m still here, and will continue to be Badjak. I’m all out of my wild hog sausage but that’ll soon be rectified, going on a hog hunt with my vet. Aside from smoking bacon and hams, sausage stuffing, I’ve gotten in to making my own fresh pasta from semolina flour. It’s amazing how much better it is than anything one gets at a restaurant, and at a far better price. Tossed in Alfredo sauce with some shrimp and crab it’s gourmet stuff, and not at $25 a plate! Alfredo sauce: whipping cream, butter, parmesan cheese, and a egg yolk. How hard can it be? Also been making my own burger buns from recipe I got from Ross Hill at the old Wedlinye site, perfect match for CW’s hipshot burgers. RAY


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