Posts Tagged With: sausage

Pre Thanksgiving BBQ Run

Waiting in line at  Franklin BBQ

Waiting in line at
Franklin BBQ

Wow what a day last Wednesday. My son John and I got up at 5:00AM and Headed to Austin to see what all the hoopla was about at Franklin BBQ. We arrived at Franklin’s just before 8:00AM. There was already a nice sized line forming outside the restaurant. John and I parked and found our place in line. We figured there were about 50-60 people ahead of us. We were having a good time in line visiting with the people in line around us, one young couple was in from LA and wanted to try some great Texas BBQ. Around 9:00 one of the employees came by to let us know that they were already sold out of pulled pork and ribs. Now remember they do not open until 11:00, but they were taking orders. He then returned to taking orders. Now it is about 9:30 he is nearing us for our order. We are still feeling good about getting to try some of this much talked about brisket. At 9:35 he is taking the order of the people in front of us in line. One man orders a whole brisket and the other orders 1/2 brisket, the young man looks at us and says sorry we are sold out. Yes we drove for over two hours sat in line over an hour and a half and they sold out to the people in front of us. Well our search for BBQ was not over, we had alternate plans. We are now heading a few blocks south to La Barbeque, who’s pitmaster used to work for Franklin’s. Upon approaching La Barbeque we noticed no line and no smoke coming from the pits, they had closed for the holiday and would not be open until Friday. Well now we are hung on the horns of a dilemma. John searches the net for John Mueller Meat Co. and I search for Micklethwait Craft Meats. Mueller’s is closed on Wednesdays so our choice was easy we were headed to Micklewait’s. Upon arriving we see people who were inline with us at Franklin’s, so we take our place behind them. Then more people arrive that had been at Franklin’s and we all have a great conversation about not getting in. After an hour wait the line starts moving, we are in the front so there is no danger of them selling out before we make it to the order window. We spent about $60 on brisket, pork shoulder, Shiner Bock Sausage and chicken, John also got some jalapeno cheese grits. We quickly received our tray of food and we returned to our picnic table that we were sharing with a very nice young couple, their six month old son and their parents in from Florida. In line one of the ladies had told us that she eats at Micklewait’s and Franklin’s both and that the brisket at Micklewaits is just as good as Franklin’s. Now the brisket was moist and tender, but I did not think it was overly flavorful. This could be because of the simple salt and pepper rub that most central Texas BBQ joints brag about. The sausage was very good and I loved the course ground texture that it had. Chicken was very good but again there was plenty of cracked black pepper, but I did enjoy it very much. The grits were tasty but maybe a little undercooked. The plate came with red onions bread and homemade pickles, which were outstanding. Now for the pork shoulder, it was out of this world, probably the best I have ever had. John and I both agreed it was fantastic. Not sure if I will wait in line again for Franklin’s, but I will return to Micklethwait Craft Meats.

Out plates at Micklethwait Craft Meats

Our plates at Micklethwait Craft Meats

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BBQ Trailer Up and Rolling


We are a little over two months into selling BBQ in Lytle. Sells have been good for a new business and the community is showing up to support us. You can  find us parked downtown Lytle at   15049 Main St, on Saturdays and Sundays. We try to open up at 11:00 and we stay open until we sell out. We don’t sell out every day but we selling quite a bit of BBQ. We sell brisket, spare ribs, sausage, chicken and pulled pork along with sides. Our sides include potato salad, coleslaw, beans and Mexican rice. On Sundays we are serving a Jack Daniel’s Peach Cobbler for dessert.

A big endorsement by one of Texas's best.

A big endorsement by one of Texas’s best.

My Pitmaker BBQ Vaults doing the work on my trailer's BBQ porch.

My Pitmaker BBQ Vaults doing the work on my trailer’s BBQ porch.

Our 1st cook off in the new trailer.

Our 1st cook off in the new trailer.

The official T-shirt

The official T-shirt

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Making Venison and Pork Sausage

Hunting season was quite rewarding this year. I wound up with about 100 lbs of deer meat and 100 lbs of wild hog. Of course this meant it was time to make some sausage. I found my old sausage stuffer that is about 100 years old and set up my Kitchen Aid mixer with its grinder attachment. I ground up all the meat once with the course grinding plate and then again with the small plate. I also ground up 30 pounds of fatback. Fatback is excellent to use in sausage because it does not give a strong flavor. You can use it and still get the flavor of what is your primary meat. The ratios I used for the sausage was 4:1:5 Deer to fat to pork. This gave me a nice sausage that was not to fat. If I would have been using pork shoulder or Boston Butts I could have left out the fatback, but the wild hog is much leaner than pork that you will buy at the grocery store. I make many different type of sausage, breakfast, hot and mild, hot italian, polish, keilbasa, jalapeno and cheese, poblano, and chorizo. I will try to get up some of the recipes so everyone can give it a try. Here are a few photos of the process.

My old stuffer, I can only imagine how many sausageshave been stuffed on this old hand crank stuffer.

My old stuffer, I can only imagine how many sausages have been stuffed on this old hand crank stuffer.

Filling the hog casings with some keilbasa.

Filling the hog casings with some keilbasa.

Fresh Jalapeno and Cheese Venison Sausage

  • 4 lbs Venison
  • 1 lb Fatback
  • 5 lbs pork butt
  • 1/2 lb pork fat
  • 16 oz cubed sharp cheddar
  • 6 Large jalapenos, small dice
  • 6 Tbl Kosher salt
  • 2 Tbl black pepper
  •  1 6 oz can Tomato Paste
  • 1/4 c  Garlic powder

Mix salt, pepper, garlic and tomato paste with 1 cup cold water until dissolved.

Combine meat, fat, cheese, jalepenos and spice mixture together until well mixed.

Stuff into pig casings.

If you smoke it, add 2 tsp of Prague Powder #1 when you add the spices. Cold smoke for about 4 hours.

My smoker was about 120 degrees. Under 100 would be better but with my BBQ Pit i can not get it that cool.

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