Smoked Cheese Dogs Recipe

This Smoked Cheese Dogs Recipe is one of my favorite semi-cooked smoked sausage recipes. It originates from Eldon R. Cutlip’s book of “Sausage & Jerky Handbook”.
This is a great book for any one that’s interested in making their own Jerky and/or Sausage.

Eldon’s procedure for Cheese Dogs is to fully cook the sausage (155 F) in the smoker. And you can then eat it hot or cold.
I’ve found that this recipe works very well by doing a semi-cold smoke which keeps it as fresh sausage, (not fully cooked). And then you can prepare it by the method I’ll explain after the recipe.

I typically like to use Moose and/or Caribou. Sometimes I add a little Black Bear, besides some Pork Butt and a little Beef Trimmings.

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For a 10 # batch of Cheese Dogs

6 lbs lean meat with 2 lbs of  butt and 2 lbs beef trimmings.
2 teaspoons Curing Salt, (prague powder #1)
4 tablespoons Kosher Salt
1 tbsp Coriander
1 tbsp White Pepper
2 tbsp Garlic Powder
2 tbsp Maze
2 tbsp Onion Powder
2 tsp Curry Powder
1 tsp Red Pepper
1 tsp Cayenne Pepper
1 tbsp Whole Mustard Seed (Ground, if you prefer)
¼ cup Powdered Dextrose
¼ cup Corn Syrup Solids
½ cup Nonfat Dry Milk (Fine Ground for sausage)
¾ lb Medium Cheddar Cheese Shredded
¾ lb Sharp Cheddar Cheese Shredded

I typically use Hog  casings (35mm) for this recipe, but it’s possible to use Sheep casing (22mm) for a foot longs.


After stuffing, put the links into a tub and let them sit overnight in the refrigerator.
They will then come out and air dried for about one hour and then go to the BS.
Give them 1/2 hour at 100 F and no smoke, then 1hr at 120 F (Vent Full Open) with 3 Hickory Pucks. Then rotate the racks, and another 1 hr with 3 Pucks (Vent 1/3 open) at 120 F.
Shut down the BS, open the door,  and when the links are cool, they are vacuum sealed or cooked.
At this low temp, they do not need to be showered, the casing will conform to the sausage.

One method is  to cook the sausage in a crock pot. Add a couple sliced medium white onions and 2 bottles of  choice of beer.
As the beer and onion come up to medium temp (1hr) add the sausage to precook for (45 min). Then take the sausage to preheat grill to brown them, after reaching 155 F. They go back into the crock pot simmering ready to consume.
For condiments, add some sauerkraut, raw onion, horseradish, etc.
Just cooking them on the grill by themselves or sautéing in a pan is also very tasty