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Monday, November 26, 2012

Venison Beer Brats and Andouille






I recently received a nice gift of a Lem 5lb sausage stuffer from friends in Florida (Thanks again Tim!).
While prepping for deer season I made a  batch of venison brats and a batch of venison andouille sausage using a hind quarter roast saved in my freezer.



Trimmed and cubed the venison. Used a mix of equal parts venison and pork with pork fat. Combined weight came to 10lbs of ground meat.









First I made the brats using 1/2 of the meat (5lbs) and ...





used 1 tsp mustard powder
2 1/2 TBS salt
1 tsp coarse black pepper
1/2 TBS sugar
1/2 TBS coriander
1/2 TBS crushed caraway seeds
a couple of crushed dried cayenne peppers


and made a slurry with one cup of cold beer...




used a large 2 1/2 gallon baggie to mix the sausage. Worked great!




Found these handy easy to load casings and gave them a try....




These were sweet!! So easy to use. A bit pricey but saved me so much time. 






made a sausage braid...










made a batch of venison andouille using the remaining 5lbs of ground meat and...

10 cloves chopped garlic
1 1/2 TBS cayenne
3 TBS salt
1 TBS thyme
2 TBS black pepper




1 Cup cold beer for the slurry...





made the andouille into bite sized links for easy snacking...




simmered some of the sausages and pan fried for a taste test...




Then grilled some during deer camp...




My brat with caramelized onions, kraut, bacon and spicy brown mustard...




I really liked both the brats and andouille. The Lem stuffer worked great!  So much faster than the grinder attachment that I usually use.

My life just got a whole lot easier. :)


16 comments:

Rocco said...

looks good, have you ever made blood sausage?
i love that stuff.

David said...

hmm looking to upgrade from Kitchen aid attachments - is this a hand crank?

cowgirl said...

Thanks Rocco! I've not made blood sausage. I think I would like the flavor, need to get some and give it a go.
Hope you had a great Thanksgiving! :)

cowgirl said...

Hi David! Yes this is a crank. Worked a lot better than my little grinder attachment. I can place 5lbs of ground sausage into the stuffer and made a batch of brats, etc., without having to reload again and again.
Made the work a lot easier for me.
Hope you find something that works well for you.
Also... Hope you had a great TDay too! :)

LB @ Bullets And Biscuits said...

That looks great!! I just smoked 25 lbs of venison summer sausage. This weekend we are going to stuff about 25 lbs more into links. I may have to try some of your seasoning recipes though. They sound tasty

cowgirl said...

LB..Great to see you!! Congratulations on the venison. Sounds like you are putting it to good use!! :)
I brought a little buck home tonight..hope to get one more before season ends.
Thanks for stopping by! :)

panthers76 said...

Looks really yummy Jeanie. What time is dinner?

cowgirl said...

Good to see ya Bill!! Hope all is well with you. :)
Thanks... anytime you stop by is dinner time.

bigbince said...

Those are some delicious looking sausages. I like the braid thing, I'll have to learn to do that.

What is the brand name on those easy on casings?

Ross in Ventura said...

Another thing I have to try Jeanie
Ross

Jeremy Dewey said...

Wow, nice work! I also have the 5lb LEM Stuffer and it has made my life SO much easier. You can crank out links as fast as you want. A great tool! They do sell a smaller (3/8" tube?) separately for making snack sticks. I make both venison and snowshoe hare sticks and they are gone before I have a chance to freeze them ;)

Thanks for the great blog!

cowgirl said...

Thanks Bigbince! I got these at the sausagemaker.com site.. Had to give them a try at least once. :) Really happy how easy they were to use.
Thanks for stopping by!

cowgirl said...

Ross thanks! Hope you had a great Thanksgiving. :)

cowgirl said...

Jeremy Thanks! This was my first try on the Lem, couldn't believe how much easier it was to use than my old one. Wish I would have bought one sooner. lol
Your snowshoe hare sticks sound really good. I can see why they go fast. :)
Thanks for stopping by!

Bushman said...

Nice job! The stuffers are awesome aren't they? I have a 7 pounder and I can't believe I ever did it the old way. Also picked up a meat mixer. I have made 60 pounds of snack sticks and 10 pounds of Trail Bologna so far this season. Smoking 20 today. original, pepperoni and mandarin teriakyi! Congrts on the deer!

cowgirl said...

Bushman Thanks! Sounds like you are keeping busy. Bet that bologna is tasty stuff!
I do love the new stuffer, can't believe how much easier it is to use than my old one.
A mixer like yours would be great to have too. :)

Thanks for stopping by!