smoked apple pork sausages
smoked pork bangers with mustard

I have recently become quite enraptured with smoking food and have been dying to get stuck in and try it out. 

I have neither the hot smoker nor the inclination to light a fire, but armed with a solid understanding of the technique, I decided to try a stove top, hot smoke version using an ordinary pot with a lid.

The principles still apply.

I found these wonderful, dare I say ‘gourmet’ pork and apple sausages in Woolworths. I loved the 90% coarsely ground shoulder and belly pork content and lower carbohydrate level. An idication that these little babies are of a much higher quality than the mass produced ones with very high cereal ratios. 

apple pork sausages from woolies

However, at this juncture I do need to add that I am a big fan of Escort gold medal Pork sausages.

Anyway I thought these would be perfect for my little smoking experiment.

I sprinkled about 3 tablespoons of French oak wine barrel wood shavings,  actually more like sawdust on the bottom of a large stainless steel pot. You could wet these but I didn’t.

oak shavings in the pot with a grid

Then place the sausages on the rack and close the lid.

sausages ready to be smoked

I turned on the heat to high and as soon as the wood started to smoke I reduced the heat to low.  I needed to monitor what was going on inside, so I took the pot outside a couple of times to open up and check, and to avoid smoking out my house. 

 They took about 15 minutes to cook through.

I pan fried the other two sausages in the pack so as to get a comparison.

The smokey taste came through very strongly, and they were  lovely and golden in colour with a firm texture.  The pan fried sausages were a little more juicy, but overall the sausages have quite a subtle flavour.

I am super keen to try smoking some Escort bangers and various other things.

Oh and PS, line the bottom of the pot with tin foil to help with the cleaning up!

smoked sausages
smoked sausages


  1. Oh my gosh… This looks so super yummy. I wish I had this for breakfast this morning. =) I love the idea of stove top smoking. I can’t wait to try this technique.

  2. It is NOT Friday so yoy are not allowed to show food porn pistures….
    Love that you make smoking tecnique so easy for all to follow! I am off to Woolies tomorrow to hunt for these sausages!

  3. drizzleanddip

    Hi Shay, thanks – its really easy. I may try and add a bit of water to the sawdust next time.

  4. drizzleanddip

    Hi Nina, Apparantly there is a range of these pork sausages at WW. I really liked trying out a new technique. S

  5. I’ve been seeing smoking posts all over the foodblogs lately and I still can’t believe how easy (and quick!) it actually is. I really don’t have much excuse to not try it, do I?

  6. Wow, this looks like a really fun and easy project to try. Your photos have me drooling all over my keyboard.

  7. drizzleanddip

    Thanks Nicola, Im really getting into the whole smoking vibe. S

  8. I predict a ‘run’ on Woolies’ apple and pork sossies….. hmmm …. i really must give this a go! Wherre did you get the shavings from? I adore smoked anything! Heavenly! xxx have an awesome day xxx jan

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