Recipe: Queen City Sausage Wicked Hot Stir Fry


This post is sponsored by the Ohio Pork Council. All opinions are my own.

Photo courtesy of Queen City Sausage
So I love pork. I love bacon, sausage, ham, chops and everything that is and was a pig. Besides loving the product – I really love how much I’ve learned about hog farmers and the production of pork throughout my time working with the Ohio Pork Council.



One of my first interactions with them was meeting with their marketing director on a tour of Queen City Sausage a few years back. This was literally life-changing for me! It was the start of my partnership with Ohio Pork! But also – it’s when I met my Elmer.

You see, 70 years ago, Cincinnati was known as Porkopolis and in the Queen City area there were 50 or so businesses all surrounding the pork industry – there were slaughterhouses, sausage makers and more. Elmer was just a kid and he wanted to work in a slaughterhouse. He didn’t like school much – so he quit in the 8th grade and started working in one and eventually bought QCS and took it over.

Speed up 70 years to today and Queen City Sausage is the only one of those businesses still standing. Elmer has so many stories to tell – of cows/pigs being brought up Spring Grove back in the day, of how he created his own American dream and of how his brother came on part time “for a few days” some 20+ years ago. At 88, Elmer still comes to work every day and is on his factory floor watching over his baby. He’s pretty amazing.

Because of this meeting, I fell in love with Elmer and Queen City Sausage. Then I got to have lunch with them – and that just made the love deeper and my belly a little fuller. Every day, Mark makes lunch for the crew down there – he’s quite the chef! And he does it all with a couple of electric skillets and a rice cooker.

I knew I wanted to share my love of QCS with more folks so Ohio Pork and I partnered up with some of my other blogger friends to do a tour and lunch with the Queen City team and a hog farmer from the area.

Photo courtesy of Foodtastic Mom
Here are some of the links to my friends’ posts where you can learn a little more about their thoughts on the tour and find their recipes:



We went on a factory tour and got to see all the inner workings of how the sausage is made. And Nedra pointed out – it’s ironic – there’s some saying about not wanting to see how the sausage is made – but we did and it’s pretty cool! First of all, it’s so clean you could literally eat off the floor in any room of the factory. Elmer has expanded I think 13x – so they have lots of room and lots of space for everything they do. Secondly, it’s just a well-run machine with great employees that love their job!

We even got to see Elmer’s brother Art – who at 86 years old – hangs out in his toasty warm and ever-so-fragrant spice room where he mixes the spices for every product made at Queen City Sausage. He’s quite the ladies man and made sure each and every one of us got a hug. ;-)

We also learned about natural casing vs. skinless – I never realized that people had a preference or that one was “better” than the other?! So the skinless are more popular but the natural casing have more flavor! We got to see how they’re made and the skinless are actually made with a casing on them – it’s just peeled off by this crazy cool machine before they are packaged. The natural casing have that “pop” when you bite or cut into them. Because they are cooked with that casing on them – the juices are held in – so when you prepare them at home – they have more flavor in them! I had no idea!!! I’m going to be buying natural casing from now on for sure!

Photo courtesy of Queen City Sausage
Queen City Sausage is always innovating and creating new products. They are the official sausage of the Reds and the official andouille that’s featured at Skyline Chili. Their newest line is their Wicked Hot Line and it’s selling LIKE CRAZY!!!! They have Jalapeno, Chipotle and Ghost Pepper and are coming out with a couple more flavors soon. 

Mark made us a couple of dishes with their new Ghost Pepper sausage and I wanted to share my favorite with you. The nice thing is – since it’s a stir fry recipe – you can add/remove the veggies as you like! If you don’t like mushrooms, add green peppers or whatever fits your family’s taste!




Queen City Sausage "Wicked" Stir Fry

Make a stir-fry the whole family will love in just 20 minutes!
prep time: 10 minscook time: 20 minstotal time: 30 mins

ingredients:


  • 1 Package Queen City Wicked Jalapeno (or Ghost Pepper or Chipotle) Sausages, cut diagonally
  • 1 Medium Onion, sliced
  • 12 oz baby portabella mushrooms
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup Craisins
  • 2 heads of broccoli 
  • 3 Tablespoons of Italian dressing
  • 1 Teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce 
  • 2 cups of your favorite rice - cooked according to package directions

instructions


  1. In large electric skillet, add olive oil and set temperature to medium. (You can also make on top of the stove in a large pan.) 
  2. Add sausage links and stir while they brown 2-3 minutes
  3. Add onions & mushrooms, stir and brown 2-3 minutes
  4. Add Italian dressing, Worcestershire and craisins. Stir and cover for 8 minutes. 
  5. Add broccoli and stir. Cover for 5 minutes more. 
  6. Serve on top of cooked rice. 
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So the next time you’re grocery shopping – be sure to look for Queen City Sausage. They have a wide array of products from lunch meat to hot dogs to sausages to goetta. Here are some of my absolute favorites: goetta slices, Leona lunch meat, cheddar brats & Wicked Chipotle.

And hey – maybe sometime I can talk Elmer into a reader lunch at Queen City and invite some of you to come down! Let me know if you’d be interested!

9 comments

  1. My husband would go CRAZY over this!

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  2. We would love this. I love making one pot meals!

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  3. Never heard of Craisins in stir fry, can’t wait to try it!

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  4. I am going to make this soon. I have to pick a milder sausage flavor from Queen City but it sounds great

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  5. What an interesting combination of flavors. It bet it is fantastic!

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  6. My whole family would love this. it sounds amazing.

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  7. Sausage is my favorite meat, so this sounds really yummy!

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  8. The craisins are
    an interesting addition!

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