Author Topic: Sausage on racks vs. hanging  (Read 919 times)


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Sausage on racks vs. hanging
« on: March 11, 2021, 08:16:50 AM »
I just started making sausage and am looking to purchase a SI smoker.  My pellet grill does a good job on BBQ but doesnít get low enough temperatures for sausage.  The lowest setting is 180 degrees.  It seems like the #3 would be plenty big for my other needs, but I have read some think I would need to get a #3.5 or 4 if I wanted to hang sausage.  With a 3, I would need to smoke while the sausage is laying on racks.  I would appreciate you thoughts on if there is a quality difference between hanging and laying on racks?


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Re: Sausage on racks vs. hanging
« Reply #1 on: March 11, 2021, 09:46:59 AM »
Hanging sausage looks nice, you also get a nicer looking finished product without rack marks. I have made unknown piles of sausage on racks in  my Analog #3. It is not a disadvantage, just a difference.
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Re: Sausage on racks vs. hanging
« Reply #2 on: March 11, 2021, 09:59:35 AM »
I have an SI model 3DW. With the racks removed you can place sausage hanging bars in the top rack position. This gives you sufficient height to hang sausage in it.
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Re: Sausage on racks vs. hanging
« Reply #3 on: March 11, 2021, 10:10:38 AM »
Like OldeSmoker states, you can use bars to hand sausage. You can purchase them, or make your own, which is what I plan to do at some point, just havenít. Thought about using rebar and welding feet to each side to keep the bar in the track.

That said, Iíve smoked a good amount of sausage on the racks and they turn out great! I have a #3D as well,  so same size. You will love this smoker. They are great for so many uses.
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