Sunday, February 20, 2011

The Sausage Shoppe

FORT WORTH: The Sausage Shoppe
1302 E Seminary Dr

Fort Worth, TX 76115

Open M-Sat 10-8

Great service; cash only; questionable neighborhood; East Texas style. Many phrases can be used to describe the Sausage Shoppe, but the one that matters is sausage emporium. Alright, maybe emporium is going a bit far, but they normally have three versions of their homemade sausage on the menu, and sometimes have 2 or more other versions for sale. All beef, all pork and a 50/50 mix are the standard offerings, and they come in one pound links (no half links available). They were also nice enough to wait until I was through with my meal before packing up the to-go sausage order.

My daughter and I shared a rib sandwich and a brisket sandwich. Both came between two slices of white bread and were covered in sauce. They both needed some extra time on the smoker to gain tenderness and render out the chewy fat. The smoky flavor was there, and the meats had a pleasing flavor, but they relied on that saucy flavor boost.

I didn't get a bite of the sausage until I got home. It was worth the wait. The meat had a medium grind with great snap to the casing. These links were moist, smokey and had just enough spice. While I ordered one all pork and one 50/50 link, I'm pretty certain that I got two 50/50 links. Two other friends couldn't tell the difference either. That'll just give me an excuse to get back there to try the other options.

While they seem to pay less attention to the ribs and brisket, it is called the Sausage Shoppe after all. The reason for the high rating is simply because their specialty is so good. I would certainly go out of my way to get a few more links.

Rating ***
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Peter D said...

Is that a can of BIG RED in the 1st pic?..that is the only way to enjoy Texas BBQ...

Anonymous said...

I had a sausage sandwich there today - plenty good! They accepted my credit card.

grumpy84 said...

My go to place for sausage. My review is on Yelp.


Each joint is judged on the essence of Texas 'cue...sliced brisket and pork ribs. Sausage is only considered if house made. Sauce is good, but good meat needs no adornment to satisfy. Each review can only be based on specific cuts of meat on that particular day. Finally, if the place fries up catfish or serves a caesar salad, then chances are they aren't paying enough attention to the pits, so we mostly steered clear.