I see some forum talk about smoke houses. I thought I would share the way my friend and I smoke our sausage. I have a few pics of it being put together to give you an idea just never took pics of it complete. We have used this past 5-6 years and can smoke about 200lbs of sausage. What is really good about this is the fact we take it apart and put it in a building to store when not in use. takes 7 sheets of OSB plywood we used 7/16. And 6 2x2x8ft pine or white pine boards.
On the morning we are to smoke we get 3 aluminum throw away pans you get at thanksgiving to hold turkey and fill them with charcoal then light them to get coals going. (tip if you are on concrete do NOT put this direct on concrete it MAY cause explosion....speaking from voice of experience)
Start assembly of smoke house. Put it together with wood screws. Get 2 thermometers one for rear and one for front. My friend had old storm door that we cut in on the front to get in and out but you just need to make an opening that you can get in and out of. The roof we just really lay a sheet of plywood on top and may put a screw or 2 towards the rear of the 'smoke house'. Leaving the front so we can raise and lower one corner to adjust for heat and smoke. We used (3) 1 in dowel rods 8 ft long to hang sausage on we do use a support in the middle of them. You get closet rod hangers at the hardware store that fits the dowel rods put one end on the front and the other in the rear to hang dowel rods.
Once you have it assembled your coals should be ready to go in house spaced out length of house. Get your temp up in house to about 140 deg then start putting sausage on dowels.
put your wood you want to smoke with on the pans of coals shut up the house and watch your temp. We try to get it to about 170 for 1st hour then let it come down to about 160 for 2-3 hours. You may have to add more wood during the cook time. After about 3 hours break off piece in front to see if cooked if so pull pans out if not continue to cook. Once pans are out we spray the sausage down with water to cool it down so it does not cook any more.
This is all we have used for past 5 or 6 years and we still are living today we always have about 150-200lbs of sausage to smoke. We grind and case the sausage Friday night coil it up in ice chest with 1 gal milk jugs full of frozen water. Then smoke it Saturday mornings starting about 8 am and generally finished by 1pm.
A friend of mine told me about Mickey Browns deer burritos and was to let me know when he was going so I could send some deer meat to have burritos made. Well he forgot. I ragged him bad enough to where he gave me some. Damn they were delicious but I thought maybe I can make them myself. Look on internet did not see one recipe that suite me so I put together my own recipe. I find it just as tasty as Mickey Brown's.
Take about 1 ham of deer put in slow cooker with steak seasoning and 2 cans of Campbell soup beef consome cook about 5 hours or until you can separate with fork.
Take meat out shred it with fork and I took a knife and chopped it up to about 1 in long pieces.
In a pan or skillet mix in the following.
15 oz cooked shredded deer meat
1 can of refried bean 16oz
1 can of diced green chili 4 oz
About ¾ cup of juice from cooking meat
1 pack of taco seasoning (add more if desired)
Salt and pepper to taste
Let this simmer 15-20 mins on low heat
Let mixture cool down and spread over tortilla sprinkle with cheese if desired.
I used the large tortillas and got 6 out of this.
These were caught by bayoubuck, my friend and I this past weekend. special note here bayoubuck came in last place....yea that is correct he ran 3rd in a 3 horse race LOL
This is a limit of reds caught by my friend and I couple of weekends ago
It appears everyone wants to keep this a secret. This apparently includes me. Lol. Can hardly find any post on lake Sabine so thought I might post what has been caught last 3 weekends. This was 3 weeks ago my brother, Bayoubuck, and I caught. I might add most caught by him. sorry for duplicated pics tried cleaning them up but when I told it to remove pic it showed removed and when I re-added them they were still there. will report it
My brother, his oldest son and I make trip to Sabine caught a few trout and one flounder. One trout 24 in plus caught by my nephew.
Made trip to Sabine Saturday 5/15 caught some nice trout and reds. We ended up with 12 trout and 6 Reds most part all quality size fish 2 specs 24 in plus. 1 red 21 in.
Went this weekend caught a few thought I would post since there has not been any post lately
Went to Sabine Lake Saturday caught 1 flounder 1 red 1 sand trout and 8 specs. Specs were19-24 in range with the exception of one just being legal size limit. Had 2 of my sons with me and they lost a lot a fish and 2 of them were for sure over 24 in. Not bad day all in all.
Old Louisiana boy looking for info on Big Lake. Just got into saltwater fishing and have read a lot about Big Lake have fished it one time back in the early 90's. I need info on where to launch and what to be careful of in the Lake. (and tips if you will on where to catch some Specs) The tips are not a must I will one day figure it out but I am not from that area so I do not know where launches are bait etc. Please someone help a brother out here.
Caught these on Sabine River north of Toledo bend. Had about 18 at 3pm but between 3 and 4 caught 32 this is only 1/2 the catch. I was with a friend of mine that took the other 25. One Sac-au-lait in there and it was a nice one. First time I ever went up there and first time I have ever caught a White Bass and the first time I ever ate them. Not bad think I will keep them all. LOL...A 70qt ice chest will not hold 12 pk beer 2 cokes 2 bottles of drinking water 1 sac-au-lait and 50 white bass...we lost one with them flopping in ice chest top flew up and it jumped back in the river....the last 3 we caught had to lay in bottom of boat till we got to landing to put some in another ice chest....Loads of fun.
Hey how bout some of you boys help out guy in Texas that was born and raised in La. I am coming over this weekend to fish with my son and want to go to Belle River or Verret could some of you guys give me direction on which one would be better. Have been coming HOME for past couple of years and fishing has not been that great but I just love the area and want my son to experience it with a lot of action of catching bream and or sacalait. Please give me some help.
WOULD LIKE TO TAKE MY BOYS FISHING FOR FIRST TIME IN LOUISIANA.
BEEN STUCK OVER IN TEXAS FOR LAST 17 YEARS WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM OLD RIVER IN MORGANZA, LAKE VERRETT AREA AND BAYOU PIGEON AREA. WOULD LIKE TO TAKE MY 3 SONS OUT FOR SAC-A-LAIT OR BULL BREAM FISHING AND WEAR THEIR ARMS OUT. PLAN ON BEING IN AREA MAY 5 PLEASE LET ME KNOW WHERE TO GO TO TAKE SOME KIDS OUT FOR TIME OF THEIR LIFE.