super-coarse-ground sausage/hot links?
My name is Wade, and I'm a sausage-oholic, dry/wet/fresh/aged/smoked from the cheap bright-red hot links to the artisanal and imported stuff.
I'd be the first to argue that Texans are blessed in the U.S., sausage-wise, thanks to the traditions of the Czechs and Germans. We are, perhaps, the only state with such bounty at the grocery store, and within a reasonable drive: Elgin, Lockhart, Taylor, Huntsville, Pittsburg, and even close to home.
But I'm on a particular quest . . . .
Before moving back home, I developed a serious addiction to the super-coarse-ground pork hot links that are a staple in Chicago's BBQ joints. With few exceptions, these are African-American-run, and excel in pork ribs, rib tips, and meaty hot links.
See link about these links: http://chicago.seriouseats.com/2012/1...
I've had similar hot links in the Mississippi Delta, but I'm coming up dry here in Houston (and Texas).
Before I moved back home from Chicago, I even had my own source: Peoria Packing, a wholesale/retail butcher/meat packer in Chicago's meat-packing district (Wabash, under the L). I could buy a 5-pound box of fresh for $15. All I had to do was to twist the long thing into links and smoke them.
Any suggestions? Doesn't have to be pork. Could be pork/beef or beef. Just meaty and super-coarse.
Unfortunately, I haven't had your Chicago BBQ joint exemplar to refer to, but I personally greatly prefer the coarse grind German style sausage that is prevalent in Central Texas to the finer grind that I call "Hillshire Farms style".
My retail favorites are whichever one is on sale from Burton's, Chappell Hill and Holmes.
I also love the sausages I get at Pete's Fine Meats, Dozier's and Revival.
However, as you seem familiar with the local German/Czech style, I'm assuming these aren't what you're looking for.
Have you tried Polonia's little market, or maybe Herbert's?
In any case, I hope you find what you're looking for, and then come back and let us know where we can find it too!
Thanks kindly. I was away too long before moving back: totally forgot about BW Meat, Pete's, and Hebert's. Fixing to head out to those soon. Meanwhile, I remembered a pretty fine rendition of what I was hankering for at Leon's World's Finest In & Out BBQ house in Galveston (Broadway @ 54th). Skip the regular links and go with Leon's homemade pork & beef hot links.
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Thanks for the tip, bornie. One more reason I have to get back to San Antonio soon. About the only other occasional Chicago craving I get is for a good Italian Beef sandwich, dipped in gravy and topped with hot giardiniera. Tried a couple of "authentic" beefs in Houston, but they just weren't right. But . . . . I hear that James Coney Island has a limited-time Italian Beef. Think I'll try one tomorrow. I grew up on and love their original coneys (mustard, chili sauce, extra onions, no cheese dammit). When I get the hankering for a few more veggies, I've found that they do a respectable Chicago-style dog with a Vienna beef wiener. And their Polish is pretty good, too, if you get it the Maxwell-Street-style: only mustard and grilled onions, maybe sport peppers.