This easy to make andouille sausage recipe can be hot smoked, or cooked fresh, but is best when cold smoked, giving the sausage a rich, smoky flavor.
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.
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.
Prep Time: 120 minutes
Cook time: 3-12 hours
Yield: 20 sausages
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!