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Homemade Breakfast Sausage: The Best Way To Start Your Day

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Homemade breakfast sausage

Start your day off on the right foot with this flavor packed recipe for making your own breakfast sausage!

Breakfast sausage is an American invention, we think, and its distinctive character comes from a touch of maple syrup. This homemade version is full of flavor and is wonderful for making links or patties.

Homemade Breakfast Sausage Recipe


Homemade breakfast sausage
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Why buy pre-made breakfast sausage when you can make your own more flavorful version at home? Breakfast sausage is an American invention, we think, and its distinctive character comes from a touch of maple syrup. Our homemade breakfast sausage recipe amp up any breakfast and is wonderful as either links or as patties.

Course:
Appetizer
,
Breakfast
,
Brunch
,
Lunch
,
Main Course
,
Side Dish
Cuisine:
American

Makes:

Servings: 8 2 ounce (56.7 g) sausage patties or links

Takes:

Prep Time: 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • ¾ pound pork shoulder muscle trimmed and cut into 1 inch (2.5 cm) cubes
  • ¼ pound pork shoulder fat trimmed and cut into 1 inch (2.5 cm) cubes
  • 4 teaspoons Meathead's Memphis Dust
  • 1 ½ teaspoons dried sage, crumbled
  • 1 teaspoon Morton Coarse Kosher Salt (read more about the science of salt here)
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 cloves garlic peeled and minced or pressed
  • ½ jalapeño seeds removed and minced fine
  • 1 ½ tablespoons real maple syrup
Notes:
About the maple syrup. Try to use real maple syrup. It is expensive, but worth it. Grade B is dark and flavorful, so that makes it our preference.
About the salt. Remember, kosher salt is half the concentration of table salt so if you use table salt, use half as much. Click here to read more about salt and how it works. 
Metric conversion:

These recipes were created in US Customary measurements and the conversion to metric is being done by calculations. They should be accurate, but it is possible there could be an error. If you find one, please let us know in the comments at the bottom of the page

Method

  • Prep. Before making sausage, please familiarize yourself with best practices as described in our article on The Science Of Sausage Making.
  • Slice the meat and fat into ½ inch (1.3 cm) cubes, removing gristle and sinew. Place it on a plate or pan in the freezer, along with the grinder parts that will contact the meat. Leave it there for about 20 minutes, until it is firm, but do not let it freeze. This makes grinding easier.
  • Combine the dry ingredients in a bowl. Toss with the meat. Grind it with a ¼ inch (6.4 mm) die. Mix in the jalapeño and maple syrup.
  • Pinch off a small piece of the sausage and cook it in a frying pan, then let it cool and taste to see if the seasoning is to your taste. Form it into patties, meatballs, skinless tubes, or encase it in hog casings, or if you want smaller links, lamb casings. 
  • Serve. Once done, you can grill or smoke it, or store it in the fridge for about 5 days or in the freezer for about a month.

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Published On: 12/20/2013 Last Modified: 11/24/2021

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