Fresh Breakfast Sausage

I like breakfast meats. Bacon and sausage are some of my favorite foods. I rarely buy sausage though because they all have tons of crap in them I don’t want in there. Even some of the better brands have added sugar. I try to avoid foods with sugar and funky ingredients. I decided I would try my hands at making some homemade fresh sausage. After doing some looking around t turns out that it’s not very hard to make fresh sausage. Having a meat grinder makes the process even easier. I drove to a few stores looking for ground pork. Finally finding one last package on sale for a buck. So lets get to making some breakfast sausage.


the ingredients
the ingredients

The Ingredients

I followed a recipe for this first batch. I hate following recipes but sometimes you have to till your comfortable. At that I only partially followed it. The recipe I found was for 10 pounds of ground pork. I didn’t want to actually do the math so I winged it. This is what I used.
  • 1 TBSP of kosher salt
  • 1/2 TBSP of white pepper
  • 1/2 TBSP of ginger
  • 1/2 TBSP of nutmeg
  • 1 TBSP of rubbed sage
  • 1/2 TBSP of thyme
  • 1/2 TBSP of Cayenne pepper
I mixed all the ingredients together in a mason jar and added just enough water to dissolve the mixture.
Making Sausage
Making Sausage
Pour the spice mix into the ground pork and work it into the meat. I covered the bowl wit plastic and refrigerated. This recipe, without preservatives will not last very long. I would not want to keep it in the fridge more than a week. Which should not be a problem anyway I plan to devour this stuff. I’m letting it sit overnight before I eat any for the best melding of flavors. I am excited to get up early and make some patties for breakfast.

The Taste

It both does and doesn’t taste like breakfast sausage. I need to tweak the recipe some more but it has a bold flavor. I like that. The sage really comes through and to me sage means sausage. I assume that the flavor I a used to are the crap in there I don’t want. I enjoyed that when cooked this sausage didn’t turn gray. Meat should never be gray. EVER. I’m off to enjoy breakfast have a great day.

What do you eat for breakfast? Have you made sausage or bacon before? Let me know in the comments!


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4 thoughts to “Fresh Breakfast Sausage”

  1. James I am betting one of the flavors you are missing may be fennel seed which is one of the spices that make breakfast sausage taste like that.You can crush the seed or put in whole. The recipe above is sure simple enough for anyone to follow though and some don’t like fennel but you may want to try a little and see what you think.

  2. In chorizo recipies you use vinegar instad of water to get the flavor of the spices into the meat. Might be worth a try.

  3. No I have not made my own yet, but my friend made some from potbelly pig and it was very good. I’m picking two potbellies up soon and will make sausage out of one and can the other.

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