Mild Breakfast Sausage Recipe

Store-bought breakfast sausage is okay table fare when you’re in a pinch, but why not make your own from hand-picked pork and recapture your family’s attention at breakfast time? You’ll save money and have a good time doing it. For more recipes and info check out the Sausage And Jerky Makers' Bible

4 1/2 lbs pork butt (2.1 kg)
1/2 lb pork back fat (227 g)
2 1/2 tbsp table salt (54.8 g)
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (0.55 g)
1/2 tsp ginger powder (1.15 g)
1 tsp nutmeg (2.0 g)
1 1/2 tsp thyme powder (2.85 g)
1 1/2 tsp ground black pepper (3.75 g)
1 tbsp powdered dextrose (8.7 g)
1 1/2 tbsp rubbed sage (5.85 g)
1/2 cup ice cold water (118 ml)
22-24mm prepared sheep casings

1. Chill pork butt to 34°F (1°C), grind one time through a 1/4” (6mm) plate.
2. Combine ground pork with remaining ingredients in a large bowl; mix/knead well until mixture is sticky and batter like.
3. Do a taste test by cooking a small thin patty, cool patty briefly, taste, add additional seasonings if desired.
4. Stuff the seasoned sausage batter into prepared 22-24mm sheep casings; twist into 4” (10.2 cm) links.
5. To use bulk style, stuff meat batter into poly meat bags or shape the batter mixture into equal size patties.
6. Pan fry, grill, broil or bake fresh sausage at medium heat until it’s brown on the outside and no longer pink inside.*
7. Refrigerate up to 5 days or vacuum seal and freeze up to 6 months.

*The USDA suggests cooking fresh sausage to an internal temperature of 160°F (70°C) when checked with a quick-read thermometer. It takes about 10 seconds for the temperature to be accurately displayed with this unit.

Hunters may use venison in place of the pork butt to produce a mild breakfast sausage. Use 75-80% lean venison trim to 25-20% pork fat.

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