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Sep 12, 2008 07:03 PM


I am totally addicted to Poffenberger's sausage, packed by the Bellville Meat Market and available at some HEB and Specs locations in town. Their jalapeno cheese summer sausage is amazing.

The downtown Whole Foods has an amazing sausage counter. I thought I read when they opened that they brought in a full-time sausage maker. Lots of interesting combos available there.

Peach Creek Farm sells a wide variety at most local farmers markets. I have only tried the breakfast sausage, but it's good.

If I need some quick smoked links for the grill, I grab the V&V from HEB. The Elgin links are always available, too. And I'll always have a soft spot for Earl Campbell's hot links (whatever happened to that mustardy secret sauce Earl used to sell?)

Mandola's makes a nice fresh Italian sausage with plenty of fennel.

Where do you get your sausage? What kind? Road trips to small-town processors are encouraged.

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  1. I've nothing to add here, other than reinforcing the V&V recommandation. It is a wonderful peppery chunky type pork and beef sausage. I'll pick that anytime over "elgin" and the typical sausages from Central market. The unfortunate thing is that my HEB (Burnet/Koenig) stopped selling the jalapeno version. I think that is a general trend, as the stock there is devoid of heat/spice (salsa being an example - they only carry the mild and medium versions of most salsas).

    1. The cherry chipotle pork and pork linguica are both on my frequent sausage rotation right now. Neither are as hot as I would like, but the cherry makes for an impressive choice for guests, and the linguica with its garlicky subtle sweetness is one of my favs. Another winner at WF downtown is the buffalo habanero. They get the grind pretty perfect to my taste on that one - sort of like Black's jalapeno sausage used to be before they started adding processed cheese food product - not a fan anymore.

      1. I don't head to Houston too often, but when I do, a stop by Chapell Hill to get some sausage from the Chapell Hill Meat Market is worth it. Its on HWY 290 East close to Brenham.

        1. The camping department of Academy stocks Earl Campbell's Famous Sauce. However, they are discontinuing it and the sauce is now on clearance. Run down to the William Cannon location - I was told there was two bottles left.

            1. re: ieathereforeiam

              Do you mean Luling City Market? Do they sell their links?