Homemade andouille is great for flavoring all sorts of tasty dishes. This andouille sausage recipe will make lots of this spicy, smoky sausage that you can use to flavor your gumbo, jambalaya, and red beans and rice.
Andouille is a pork sausage, with the meat being coarsely ground and heavily seasoned. The sausages are traditionally stuffed into natural casings and cold smoked for many hours, which gives them the strong smoke flavor they are famous for.
Combine the spices, salt, sugar, garlic and Tenderquick. When cutting up the pork butt, separate the pork fat from the the lean meat as it's being cut into pieces.
In separate bowls, coat the meat and fat with the spice mixture, rubbing it in well. Refrigerate for 12 to 24 hours.
To give the sausage the correct texture, the meat and fat should be coarsely ground. Use a 3/8 inch plate to grind the meat, and a 1/4 inch plate for the fat. Combine the meat with the fat, add the cold water, and knead until all the water is absorbed. Stuff into the casing, twisting off into 4 inch lengths.
For the best flavor the andouille should be cold smoked at under 100 degrees for 10 to 12 hours. This will give them a strong smoke flavor, which makes them perfect for adding flavor to all those great Cajun dishes. The cold smoked sausages are cured, but still uncooked and must be fully cooked before eating.
If you don't want to take the time cold smoking requires, you can hot smoke them at 175-200 degrees for 3 to 5 hours, or until the internal temperature reaches 155 degrees Fahrenheit.
The fruits of this andouille sausage recipe can be safely refrigerated for up to five days, and will keep in the freezer for up 2 months...if any of 'em last that long!