Cold Smoked Andouille
Cold Smoked Kielbasa
Smoked Venison Sausage
Then onto the smoker to cook to 150 F, about one hour.
Cold Smoked Andouille Sausage.
The first sausage of the day was the Cajun champ Andouille. The roots of this sausage start and stop in the Sportsman's Paradise. There is French sausage named Andouille, but they are of no relation. The French version is made up of chopped up spiced chitterlings stuffed into, well, chitterlings. As for the name, Grigson in her book, Charcuterie and French Pork Cookery, provides this footnote: Andouille is from the Late Latin adjective, inductibilis, 'that may be drawn over something.'"
Ok. we are going to make the Cajun version, so that we can get some gumbo from the neighbor.
Again we got the recipe from Charcuterie, Five pounds of pork, 1 pound of onion and your assorted Cajun spices. Let's get stuffing.
Wait a sec, did I show you the new casings?
Yes, I finished off my first hank (a hank is the unit of measure in which casings are sold, its about seven miles of casing, not really, but the package did last me a year). Yeah so I sent the Bonne Femme out out to score some more and she came back with something a little bit different.
Each length is threaded onto plastic. before I had sort through the package to get the casings then thread them on to the stuffing tube. Now...
How much easier can sausage making get?
After stuffing and twisting the links, the Andouille goes into the fridge for a couple of days.
On the second day we cold smoke the sausages for six hours. Now the Andouille is ready to gumbo.
Cold Smoked Kielbasa.
There is no place more Polish than Chicago. What other city closes down for Pulaski Day? And nothing says Polish sausage like Kielbasa. Wait, keilbasa is Polish for sausage.
Our ingredients are beef, pork, pork fat and garlic. the spices are paprika, pepper, marjoram, coriander and nutmeg. We got the recipe from Bruce Aidells' Complete Sausage Book. Grind stuff, twist, let it hang.
The kielbasa cold-smoked with the Andouille, then I roasted it to 150F.
These turned out pretty good.Venison Sausage.
Sausage was invented because prehistoric man had too much venison in the freezer. The recipe we used from Charcuterie, called for half venison, half pork, and it wasn't too heavily spiced. We hot smoked it at the same time as the tasso ham. It turned out real nice.
So ten pounds of sausage, five pounds of ham, two men, one day. Not bad for our little kitchen sink operation.
Oh yeah, and I got my gumbo.