Italian Sausage is ideal for cooking sausage and peppers, simmering in a marinara sauce or using as a topping on homemade pizza. The aroma and flavor of grilled Italian sausage is especially delightful at fall tailgating events.
When making sausage, most experienced sausage makers prefer using the meat from the shoulder. This is found on the front leg of the pig from the elbow up to the back. The meat to fat ratio (75% to 80% lean) from this section is perfect for sausage. Pork shoulder is also known as Boston butt. Italian sausage is typically made as a fresh sausage (not cured).
Use 1/3 cup of Sweet Italian Sausage Seasoning and 1 cup of ice cold water per 5 lbs of ground pork shoulder. 1/3 cup of Sweet Italian Seasoning weighs approximately 1.7 ounces.
The biggest difference between sweet and hot Italian sausage is that the sweet version does not include ground cayenne chile pepper.
Hand blended from sea salt, brown sugar, fennel seed, coriander, black pepper, crushed red pepper flakes and caraway.