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mesquitecountry 03-19-2007 02:19 PM

Mesquite Country Sausage Recipes
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Ok. I began getting so many emails that i decided to just post my excel sausage recipes on here for everyone. If you have any questions let me know. Just click on it and download it to your computer.

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mesquitecountry 03-28-2007 03:04 PM

Has anyone tried the recipes yet? How are they coming along? If i need to make modifications let me know. Also if anyone has processing questions feel free to ask.

sotx 03-29-2007 06:33 AM

All I can say is they are wonderful. The spread sheet is da bomb. I just had my first piece of regular that I am drying in the garge last night. Excellent. I am drying 50 links. The Italian is mouth watering and the brats are very good. Boiled some in beer the other day then put them on the grill. AWESOME.

mesquitecountry 04-26-2007 04:44 PM

I made about 50 pounds for the employees at work today for breakfast tomorrow. Man the smell is awesome. I love fresh chorizo. It is great working for a meat processor.

mesquitecountry 09-23-2007 10:04 AM

I'll work with chuck and mods. to get this put back in.

Leftridge 09-24-2007 10:06 AM


Originally Posted by mesquitecountry (Post 155093)
Ok. I began getting so many emails that i decided to just post my excel sausage recipes on here for everyone. If you have any questions let me know. Just click on it and download it to your computer.
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Nothing is coming up for me??

Devin 09-24-2007 11:33 AM

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Tommyh 09-24-2007 12:40 PM

Travis, where did you learn to do this kind of stuff?

mesquitecountry 09-24-2007 01:02 PM


I work for a sausage company in Waelder. We produce about 1.5 million pounds of the stuff a week. Plus my minor from A&M emphasized on Processed meats. But I just have a knack for creating things out of meat. :D

wilded 10-18-2007 08:01 PM

Travis, what about dried sausage? Thanks, ET

mesquitecountry 10-24-2007 08:50 PM


The easiest thing to do is. After you've smoked all your sausage go ahead and package it. Whenever you want some dried sausage just pull out 4 or so rings and dry using the following method. you can do it in a smoke house but it's much easier to do in a food dehydrator.

Use a food dehydrater to dry your sausage. or you can use your convection oven if you have one.

Set either unit to 165 degrees and dehydrate for 8 hours. Pull off and let cool. Dont place them in ziploc bags they will mold quickly. Put them in a brown paper sack with paper towels or just leave it out if you can.

Try my Jalapeno and Cheese Recipe dried it's awesome!

wilded 10-24-2007 09:13 PM

Thanks much. ET

Bucks&Broadheads 11-10-2007 06:08 PM

Nice work Travis. Thanks for sharing. I plan on trying this out once I get enough meat in the cooler.

Rabidbowhunter 01-18-2008 12:14 PM

I was wondering in the recipes it has pork and venison mixed. I do a lot of hog hunting so I dont have venison and was wondering if I could just use more pork in its place. I have tried the sausage making kits that you see at like academy and places like that but it always seems to come out DRY. The next time I will be testing out these recipes.

mesquitecountry 01-23-2008 06:19 AM


You can substitute just about any meat in that place. You just want it to be generally lean. If you're looking at it eyeballing the fat if it looks like it's got about 20% white (fat) you're good to go. Making good homemade sausage is not an exact science. If you want to try something go for it.

mesquitecountry 02-19-2008 08:48 AM

Jerky Recipe
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Since this is processed meats I added it here as well.

Here is my Father In Laws Jerky Recipe. I've always enjoyed it. I included Directions in the recipe. I've never made it before but is very good. I took his recipe and put it in excel format. You can change the weight to however much you need. On a guess 5 pounds or rub will be more than enough for 20 pounds of meat.

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buck_wild 02-19-2008 09:18 PM

Travis, I'm having a difficult time getting the summer sausage recipe off the spread sheet. I've never made any but want to try a small batch (15-20 lbs) this weekend. I have the brown paper wrapping stuff. Can you shoot me the seasonings for 15 lbs along with brief cooking instructions. Thanks

buck_wild 02-19-2008 09:27 PM

Oops, I figured it out. I'm going to try the jal/cheese. So you say the regular sausage recipe can be used for summer sausage?? Can I smoke it for a couple hrs before cooking it like the salami recipe??

buck_wild 02-19-2008 09:37 PM

MAN I"M STUPID. I see where you say you can smoke a few hrs further down the page. I'll let you know how it turns out.

mesquitecountry 02-19-2008 10:22 PM

Way to Read JASEK! seriously if you have questions just call me.

buck_wild 02-20-2008 07:34 AM


mesquitecountry 02-27-2008 03:55 PM

Why is sausage highlighted in red everytime????


How did it come out?

AggieHunter 02-27-2008 05:26 PM


Originally Posted by mesquitecountry (Post 533838)
Why is sausage highlighted in red everytime????

if you followed a link from another thread back to here its because the link came from a search for "sausage".... so its highlighted

Beastman1652 03-15-2008 01:27 PM

We made 85 pounds of jalapeno and cheese links and 18 pounds of jalapeno and cheese summer sausage. I will tell you that is got to be the best sausage that I have ever ate. Both of them are absolutely wonderful and we will be making them for years to come. Thanks for sharing that spread sheet, you have done a great job putting it together.

A few things that we did different:
We put in 5 grams of whole pepper corns in each 3 pound link of summer sausage.
We also used coarse ground pepper instead of the butcher grind pepper.
We used a 50/50 mixture of high melt pepper jack and high melt cheddar cheese instead of just straight up cheddar cheese.
We also put in 1 pound of sausage binder with 32 ounces of water to our mixture. (we were making 25 pound batches)

mesquitecountry 06-17-2008 07:47 AM


Great notes and flavor mix and match! I love it.

Bump to the top. Been getting a few emails about sausage.

mesquitecountry 07-15-2008 12:35 AM

You can now get the high melt cheese that is perfect for sausage from LEM.

High melt cheddar or Pepper jack.

Here's the link.


Jethro 09-24-2008 11:34 AM

Made up a test batch of the jal and cheddar a couple of nights ago, cooked it on the grill with some apricot wood last night. It was very good, some of the best deer sausage I have ever tried. Took a few links to work this morning and it got rave reviews. Downloaded your worksheet to my desktop so it is nice and handy. Good job Travis!

mesquitecountry 09-24-2008 04:45 PM

glad to see you liked it jethro.

Devin 09-24-2008 05:14 PM

I don't get it, Travis.

Can you come show me how to do it in a few weeks? Should have main ingredients ready by then. :D

mesquitecountry 09-24-2008 10:53 PM


How much and what formula do you need and I'll weigh it and mail it to ya!:D

Seriously email me your addy and what formulas and how much meat you have and I'll send you a couple of spice packs!:D

GR5 09-25-2008 10:41 AM

Travis.. Just finished smoking 60# of pork links. Tryed the cheese & fresh Jap. Added 1 lb of xtra sharp cheddar for 10lbs of meat. Made 20 lbs of that.
My question. I'm using an American Eagle grinder and have always put into gut on second grind. The 20 lbs of meat with cheese was almost impossible to push through. The cheese coated the sides of the feeding chute and the inside. Stopped 1/2 way through to rest and clean out coated cheese. What was wrong? Cannot do this again. Arms and shoulders are still hurting.

mesquitecountry 09-25-2008 11:34 AM

Grind your meat the two times then add the cheese. Run it through your largest plate. chili grind to stuff.

GR5 09-25-2008 03:45 PM

When I stuff, leave the blade on or off?

bowmansdad 09-25-2008 09:12 PM

We make our sausage in 50# batches, add seasonings and mix well by hand. We then grind once with the coarse blade. Then load it into our 15# stuffer and stuff our links. Cut to length and tie them off. We've been using this method for 40+ years and 1000's of pounds of sausage with no complaints.
As a disclaimer, we have not flavored our sausage with cheese or jalapenos.

mesquitecountry 09-25-2008 10:48 PM

You can leave it off. Unless the spacing is out of whack then throw it on. It wont make that big of a difference.

GR5 09-26-2008 10:38 AM

Thanks Travis.. Won't need any for awhile. Unless the wife starts giving it away:D

lbbf 09-27-2008 09:32 PM

This has to be one of the best things I've ever seen here!! Now I just need to get a couple of tasty critters to hold still at about 60'. :-)

mesquitecountry 10-22-2008 04:56 PM

I have the new file completed and it is over to the oustandingly awesome Devin Smith!

There are 6 new hamburger formulas as well! It should be ready in the next day or so! Good luck with the new recipes!

Devin 10-22-2008 05:18 PM

Got it loaded back up, Travis. Well done.

mesquitecountry 10-22-2008 08:23 PM

Thanks devin

cope2509 10-25-2008 09:49 AM

sounds good

willy52 11-13-2008 08:39 PM

pepperd summer sausage
wanting to make some peppered summer sausage , Do you stuff into casings then cut casing away and roll into crushed black pepper, cook it on a rack flat then cryvac?

mesquitecountry 11-14-2008 11:26 PM


I've seen it done several ways.

The best one I've seen was to spray the inside of the casing with pam lightly, pour in some black pepper, shake it around and dump out the excess then stuff.

Seaweed 11-15-2008 08:53 AM

Man I forgot this was on here. I seen it last year. I just made some sausage Thursday night. My first try at it. All I can say at least it looked like sausage ha...I over cooked the first batch the second batch came out decently just a little off on the taste. Now I need to make sure my brother shoots a deer this weekend since I got daddy duty.

Syr02 11-15-2008 09:38 AM

Travis , There is a place in Ft worth they you can get the high melt cheese (adams county dairy ) i will see if i can find that phone or address.

mesquitecountry 11-16-2008 09:05 PM


We use them as one of the suppliers at the company I work for. They make great products.

Fightinaggies 11-17-2008 11:33 PM

I'm looking to start making my own sausage this year. Whats a good grinder/stuffer to start with?

mesquitecountry 11-18-2008 09:40 PM

The cabelas grinders are great. LEM makes a good product also.

Alot of people use the cheap northern tool models but I cannot vouch for them.

Or you could go big time and get Butcher Boy 5 horse like I have that will do 40 pounds a minute!

Hawkins 12-01-2008 04:02 PM

Made some jalapeno and cheese smoked sausage this weekend, 15 lbs. from a doe, and 15 lbs. from a wild hog. We followed your recipe exactly and it is really good, but it has a little gamey taste. We used hog casings, and they have a funky smell, is that taste from them or possibly the wild hog. Both deer and hog sat on ice for 3-5 days and then frozen before we did this. Overall the sausage was great and a great experience, will keep using the recipes. How are the synthetic casings?

mesquitecountry 12-01-2008 04:32 PM

Most likely it was just the meat. I actually prefer icy water drained every day to get the game taste out. Could be the casings but I doubt it.

Synthetic's are alright. A little tougher IMO. My #1 preference is Hog Guts.

Thanks for bringing this btt. I've had alot of emails as of late.

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