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Favorite Sausages for a cookout

sassille Jun 16, 2009 09:45 AM

Our group is doing a sausage tasting and we’re looking for your recs on deli’s/sausage -makers and what to try. We are doing mail order for andouille. there's so much to consider.
What are your favorites? Where do you get them?
Thank, we promise to publish our findings,

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    sel RE: sassille Jun 16, 2009 10:00 AM

    Check out European Deluxe Sausage Kitchen in The Hills of Beverly. I've had killer andouille from them but that was several years ago.

    European Deluxe Sausage Kitchen
    9109 W Olympic Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90212

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      vinosnob RE: sel Jun 16, 2009 11:25 AM

      Nailed it!

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        Nicole RE: sel Jun 16, 2009 06:32 PM

        I got a variety of sausages from them recently and all were very good.

      2. mnosyne RE: sassille Jun 16, 2009 10:00 AM

        Veal bratwurst from the Beverly Hills European Sausage Kitchen on Olympic and Doheny: sublime!

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          mikester RE: sassille Jun 16, 2009 10:10 AM

          Mattern Sausage in Orange - They have these spicy Hungarian sausages, that are soo good on the grill - garlicy and spicy and juicy ! But all their sausages are great.

          Also they make this amazing liverwurst - smoked or unsmoked, it's all good.

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            mangetoutoc RE: mikester Jun 17, 2009 06:39 PM

            Totally second Mattern! They make fantastic kolbasz. The general breakdown of the Hungarian sausage (FYI) is: savory=gyulai; spicier=csabai; more garlicky=paraszt. They're all very tasty.

            Also, if you like innards, Mattern makes some of the best hurka I've had since leaving our old Hungarian neighborhood in Jersey. The dark (blood) kind is serious bliss, I mean utter sin on a plate, if you dig organ meats. It's not a griller, because it's a rice sausage, but worth picking up and either break out a pan or save for later.

          2. JAB RE: sassille Jun 16, 2009 10:17 AM

            Sabatino's Italian sausages filled with goat cheese in Newport Beach.

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              Das Ubergeek RE: JAB Jun 16, 2009 10:38 AM

              THIS. THIS THIS THIS.

              And also bratwurst from Schreiner's (in Montrose, but they'll send things to the Irvine Farmers' Market if you ask).

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                maxzook RE: Das Ubergeek Jun 17, 2009 08:22 AM

                Schreiner's brats, for sure. Poach 'em in beer before you grill 'em ...

                Schreiner's Fine Sausages
                3417 Ocean View Blvd, Glendale, CA 91208

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                  maxzook RE: maxzook Jun 17, 2009 10:10 AM

                  Like this:


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                    maxzook RE: maxzook Jun 17, 2009 02:26 PM

                    Forget the above recipe, it doesn't grill the brats like this:


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                TomSwift RE: sassille Jun 16, 2009 10:24 AM

                I'm partial to Linguica. The best I've found is from Cattaneo Brothers in San Luis Obispo, but it also is available locally by different producers. Great garlic and pork.

                1. Professor Salt RE: sassille Jun 16, 2009 10:38 AM

                  I like the sweet & garlicky Philippine tocino from Island Pacific Supermarket in Cerritos. I'll also second the rec for Sabatino's Italian sausage. Brats Brothers in Sherman Oaks also sells several good flavors.

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                    sassille RE: Professor Salt Jun 16, 2009 11:01 AM

                    Do any particular flavors come to mind from Brats Borthers?

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                    jacinthe RE: sassille Jun 16, 2009 01:59 PM

                    I like the sausages at Huntingon Meats in the Farmer's Market on 3rd/Fairfax. Once, they had a lamb mango sausage that was awesome - have sadly never seen it again.

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                      rednyellow RE: jacinthe Jun 17, 2009 12:04 AM

                      2nd Huntington Meats for good sausages.

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                        SilverlakeGirl RE: rednyellow Jun 17, 2009 03:47 PM

                        Third, Huntington Meats at Third & Fairfax has extraordinary sausages.

                    2. Skunk2Racer RE: sassille Jun 16, 2009 04:27 PM

                      Chicken Hot Links....

                      Money Saver's Meats
                      3233 W Florence Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90043

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                        Citron58 RE: sassille Jun 16, 2009 05:57 PM

                        Huntington Meats is a great choice. So are other specialty shops, when you have time to use them. But, day to day, you can't beat the Hillshire Farm hot links that are available at most grocery stores. They grill up really well and go with almost everything. But it has to be the small links.

                        1. monku RE: sassille Jun 16, 2009 07:58 PM

                          Continental Gourmet Sausage in Glendale- I like their bratwurst for BBQ'ing, but they got lots of other sausage and frankfurters which they make and are great too.

                          6406 San Fernando Rd
                          Glendale, CA 91201
                          (818) 502-1447

                          1. Dommy RE: sassille Jun 16, 2009 09:08 PM

                            From the one we did last year, my favorite was the Weisswurst. I also really loved the Chicken and Mango from Huntington Meats in the Farmers market.


                            1. TIRGL RE: sassille Jun 16, 2009 09:22 PM

                              The German butcher at Alpine Village in Torrance. Too many different kinds to mention. That should be your first stop.

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                                hboy RE: TIRGL Jun 16, 2009 09:43 PM

                                I second the Huntington Meats recommendation - I've like every sausage I've ever had there.

                              2. cant talk...eating RE: sassille Jun 16, 2009 10:13 PM

                                How about the Salvadorenean chorizo that's at a number of Latino markets. I get mine now from the Top Value supermarket on Inglewood so. of Culver in Mar Vista, but they're at most good carnicerias. They're short and plump, and the links are separated by corn husk strips. They turn up in mixed grill dishes at Central American places.

                                Incidentally, this market has some of the best fresh bulk salsa around, at the counter up front.

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                                  mikester RE: cant talk...eating Jun 17, 2009 11:07 AM

                                  Yes ! Those ARE really good !

                                  Also, Argentinian-style chorizo (couldn't say how it differs from the Salvadorean, probably is similar) is delicious, I bought some at El Gaucho Market #2 on State College, in Anaheim.

                                2. J.L. RE: sassille Jun 17, 2009 01:13 AM

                                  Bratwurst from Bristol Farms is surprisingly tasty when grilled properly and served with cold beer. And sauerkraut.

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                                    jeffandnat RE: sassille Jun 17, 2009 09:47 AM

                                    We have been getting the Hot and Sweet Italian sausages from Bay Cities in Santa Monica. Grill 'em up with peppers and carmelized onions. Excellent!

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                                      trimtab RE: sassille Jun 17, 2009 10:35 AM

                                      The Italian sausages, both sweet and spicy, at Monte Carlo's on Magnolia in Burbank are hard to beat. They don't have so much fat that they shrink to half their original size while causing a four alarm fire in your grill. They also have great Burata for those tomato and basil salads.

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                                        young_chower RE: sassille Jun 18, 2009 12:12 AM

                                        Maybe I didn't read the thread carefully enough buy no one has mentioned Pontrelli & Laricchia's line of Maestro sausages, sold at Sorrento's Italian Market on Sepulveda in Culver City. They are good, and I swear their some fennel/anise in there that gives it a great flavor. There's also a spicy sausage that I haven't tried... yet.


                                        FYI, I think when you order sausages at Sorrento's, they are by default Maestros. So if you get a funny look when asking for Maestro's sausages, don't worry.

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