View Full Version : Smoked Italian Sausage

07-19-2012, 07:54 PM
I love curing & smoking Kielbasa & Andouille, but I've been wanting to try some Italian sausages smoked.

Here we go...

Hog casings soaking in filtered water and a bit of vinegar.

Seasonings mixed: Fennel Seed, Red Pepper, Sage & Salt. Since these will be cold-smoked I added the proper amount of Curing Salt #1 to cure them.

Mix with some water to dissolve the salt & cure, then pour all over the meat & mix thoroughly.

Stuff into the casing, twist into links, then into the fridge for 24 - 48 hours of curing.

Stay tuned...

Chili Head
07-20-2012, 12:30 AM
Yeah buddy! I've been itch'n to break out my stuffer too. I've never cold smoked sausage though..I'll be watching this.

07-20-2012, 03:35 AM
Lookin' good Cliff!! While I haven't made any new sausage (and made a mess in the kitchen with my stuffer), I am getting ready to break out about seven pounds of homemade brats that I made and smoked a while back. It is my turn to host our neighborhood cornhole tournament. I'll just thaw and get some grill marks on them and then serve with some onions, peppers, a little kraut on the side, several types of mustard, and a realtively new item (to me anyway), Slawsa. This is good stuff. Kind of a cross between coleslaw and salsa, hence the name. I have used it one hotdogs and even pulled pork sammies. IF you can find it, give it a try.


07-20-2012, 05:06 AM
Yeah buddy! I've been itch'n to break out my stuffer too. I've never cold smoked sausage though..I'll be watching this.

With your tube Smoker, you now have everything you need equipment wise. All that's left is to get some recipes, some curing salt and git-r-done!

Art, The Slawsa looks like something I'd really like. If it's as good as folks are saying it won't be long until it's in our area!

07-20-2012, 02:02 PM
That sausge looks soooo good. Wish I was near ya.

07-20-2012, 02:20 PM
That looks fantastic!

07-20-2012, 05:14 PM
Nice Cliff!

07-21-2012, 09:39 PM
Friday afternoon turned out to be perfect for cold smoking. We got a much needed break from the high heat. It was slightly overcast with occasional rain and in the 70's.

The A-Maze-N Tube Smoker was filled with some Cherry pellets, lit and set it in the MAK.

Hang the sausage on my prototype hangers and let 'em catch some smoke for a few hours.

That tube smoker puts out plenty of smoke!

Getting some color after a few hours. Time to fire up the MAK into smoke mode for some hot smoke.

Almost done...

Done and put in an ice water bath to stop cooking. We kept two pounds out for supper (Yum!).

Out of the water bath, dried off and ready to go in the fridge overnight.

The other two pounds of the sausage is done... TIME TO EAT!

A little marinara, grilled onions & roasted red pepper... supper was good!

After cooling in the fridge overnight.

Wow is this sausage good! It has that classic Italian hint of sweetness from the fennel, an ever so slight kick from the red pepper, and the smoke just sets it off. I may very well have a new favorite smoked sausage! ;)

Thanks for looking everyone!


07-21-2012, 10:18 PM
Boy oh boy that looks pretty damn tasty!

07-21-2012, 10:37 PM
To good for words! Man you got down pat. Nice job!

07-22-2012, 04:49 AM
Wow Cliff, simply fantastic! I seriously like the "hangers".

07-22-2012, 05:28 AM
Nice job Cliff

I will take one with mustard and grilled onions please :)

Chili Head
07-22-2012, 10:22 AM
They look fantastic! Nice job!

07-22-2012, 02:37 PM
I'd like one of those sandwiches please

07-22-2012, 02:39 PM
nice job TH. the sausage looks great.