Queen City Sausage & the Ohio Pork Council provided me a tour & product
but all opinions are my own.
A few weeks back I got an email from the Ohio Pork Council asking me if I wanted to tour the Queen City Sausage factory and try a few things. Um yes.
The recipes are authentic German recipes and Elmer has completely stuck to them. They don't take shortcuts and they don't use fillers. Trust me when I say - a few hours with these people won me over!
To give you an idea of the landscape - there used to be 40 meat shops in the area - there is now one. He has weathered the storms and stuck with small-batch, authentic recipes and it has paid off.
We saw the whole process - from slab...
to ground pork
That was 20 years ago. Adorable.
(Also in the photo is my new friend Lauren - Farm Girl with Curls! She raises baby pigs!!!)
I'm mesmerized by Factories and this was no different. I could have hung out with this guy all day long!
These were some Cheddar Metts just BEGGING to be eaten!
Here are some tips from their website on cooking with Queen City Sausage:
Parboil with beer
* Hot Mett - if you like spicy - you'll love this!
* Italian Sausage - more kick than I expected - would be great with a red sauce
* Cheddar Mett - zomg - we had them with and without the casing - but let me say - GET THE CASING!! Their meats are hickory smoked and that casing made it so much better. The casing gave it this *pop* that really just burst open with smoky deliciousness once you cut into it.
* Bratwurst - probably my least favorite - not because of the quality - just personal preference - I'm a mett girl. But if you're grilling out - it's a must-have (with sauerkraut of course)
So there you have it - my tour and thoughts on Queen City Sausage. I really hope as a food blogger that I can share my thoughts on businesses and let you know when something is a winner - and this is it. I love these guys as much as I loved Certified Angus Beef - which is saying a lot. As you're grilling out this summer, leave those other guys on the shelf and choose Queen City Sausage.