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Sausage Making, Freedmen’s Style

When a process is notoriously complicated and unpleasant, people tend to trot out a time-worn idiom: you don’t want to know how the sausage gets made. While the saying is especially useful when it comes to any political bureaucratic dealing, it’s a bit derogatory and it slightly diminishes the art of the craft, a sentiment I’m sure Freedmen’s Bar pitmaster Evan LeRoy would agree with. Recently Freedmen’s, one of the best new barbecue joints in Texas, was as stop on…

Karl Kuby Jr.'s great grandparents and grandfather (as a child) in front of their butcher shop in Germany circa 1904. Photo provided by Karl Kuby Jr.

The Modern Marvel of Kuby’s Sausage House

When we marvel at the endurance of family-run barbecue joints in Texas, it becomes noteworthy when one hangs on for four—hell, even three—generations. So if someone deciding to make a living in the same way as their great-grandfather is pretty rare, but in the middle of Dallas, there is a business that’s been using the same sausage recipes for nearly three hundred years. Karl Kuby Jr.—the fourteenth generation of his family, in a row, to be at…

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On Sausage Wraps

The sausage wrap is underrated. It’s too simple to get much attention, but it deserves more than bottom-of-the-menu status. At its most basic, a sausage wrap is a link of sausage wrapped in a single slice of white bread. You can call it a wrap, a roll-up, fold-over, or sandwich. Call it whatever you want (well, maybe “taco” is too far per the comments section, they’re known as “Polish tacos” in South Texas), but it’s…

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All the Sausages

Making sausage ain’t easy. There’s the trimming, grinding, seasoning, stuffing, and then the smoking. For barbecue joints, buying a few boxes of cheap sausage from your food distributor is a tempting prospect when compared to the hours required to make your own. But Texas is a place where smoked sausages are a part of our barbecue identity. Whether it’s from the Czech, German, or Beaumontian sausage making traditions, or it’s an innovative modern recipe, a good smoked sausage is the signature of…

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A Sausage Evolution

Sausage. It’s one of the signatures of our state’s barbecue style, but the time intensive process of grinding, stuffing, and smoking sausage fell out of favor when barbecue left the meat market. With the rise of commercial sausage makers, many barbecue joints were (and are) happy to purchase their sausage from outside suppliers, but, with the rise of the artisanal movement, a few are bringing back the tradition of homemade sausage. I’ve written in the…

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The Longest Sausage in Texas

The Guinness World Record for the world’s longest sausage, from the UK, checks in at just over thirty-six miles. The longest smoked sausage, from Germany, was 1,581 feet, 5 inches, but the longest smoked sausage in Texas (probably) was on display yesterday at Meat Fight in Dallas. Chef Brian Luscher, with the help of Local Yocal Market in McKinney, stitched together enough hog casings to stuff nearly two hundred pounds of pork into one continuous…