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Cajun Green Onion Sausage

Here’s one of my favorite sausages to make. Not only because it reminds me of home but because it’s so darn tasty!!! Lots of green onion flavor with plenty of Cajun character. A great sausage that is very versatile.

Follow basic smoked sausage preparation practices when making this sausage.
  1. Clean and sanitize all of your equipment.
  2. Prepare your casings a day in advance and let them soak in the refrigerator.
  3. Keep your meat and grinder parts super cold (below 34F or 2c) at all times.
  4. Mix your very chilled meat (under 34f or 1c), liquid, and seasonings till the mince becomes very tacky.
  5. Stuff the mince into your sausage casings and prick out any air pockets.
  6. Refrigerate your sausage overnight to allow the cure to work.
  7. The next day follow a low and slow smoking schedule.
  8. Cook sausages low and slow to an internal of 145f (62.7c) – 150f (65.5c)
  9. Once the internal temp has been reached place the sausages in a cold-water bath to cool down and let them bloom at room temperature for 3-4 hours

Here are a few things you might find useful when making a smoked sausage.

Enjoy the video and the recipe. If you have any questions, feel free to ask away.

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5 from 11 votes

Cajun Green Onion Sausage

Flavors from the Bayou
Prep Time1 day 30 minutes
Cook Time6 hours
Total Time1 day 6 hours 30 minutes
How much do you want to make? 1000 grams



Prepare the casings

  • Rehydrate your casing the night before you need them. Rinse off the salt and flush the casings with some cool water. Place the cleaned casings in some fresh water with some baking soda in it (I use 1 tsp per quart of water) and place in the refrigerator. If you let your casings soak for at least 12 hours, they will be nice and tender by the time you use them.

Prepare the Meat

  • Clean meat from any silver skin and arteries. Chill the meat and the fat so that the temperature is below 34f (1.1c)
  • Grind chilled meat/fat and the green onion tops on a medium plate (6mm). Rechill. Keep the temp under 34f (1.1c)
  • Combine the rest of the ingredients (spices, liquids, binder) and mix till the meat turns into a sticky batter. The meat mixture will stick to your hand when you grab a small handful of it and turn your hand upside down.
  • Stuff mixture in your casings and link them to your desired size. If you notice any air pockets, be sure to prick them out
  • Place the sausage in your refrigerator overnight so that the cure can do its job
  • The next day, smoke the sausage using incremental adjustments in temperature to slowly bring the sausage up to a core temperature of 150F (65.5c).
  • As far as the type of smoke, use your favorite wood. Pecan is a popular choice as well as oak but any wood you use is ok.

If you have a digital smoker this is a great cooking schedule:

  • 1 hours at 100f (37.7c) – this dries out the sausage (leave the dampers wide open)
  • 1.5 hours at 125f (51.6c) – this is when I start applying smoke
  • 2 hours at 150f (65.5c)
  • 2 hour at 175f (79.4c)
  • then I bump up to 200f (93.3c) until I reach an internal of 150f (65.5c)

If you are cooking on a pit or offset here’s a different way:

  • on indirect heat start smoking sausages while the pit is at 150f (65.5) and smoke for 3 hours.
  • Increase the temperature to 200f (93.3) and cook till you get to an internal of 150f (65.5)

Once finished

  • After your sausage has finished cooking, place them in a cold-water bath till the internal temp gets below 100f (37.7c). Then place the sausage on a rack or hang them at room temp for 3-4 hours to bloom. After they bloom, refrigerate and enjoy/

Storage Instructions

  • For long term storage, place the smoked sausages in a vacuum sealed bag and freeze. They will last up to a year in the freezer.

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10 thoughts on “Cajun Green Onion Sausage”

  1. Carol Ann Sassin

    5 stars
    I love watching and learning great sausage making techniques from this site. I make sausage too and I know I need better equipment to do it. I have a cheap horizontal sausage stuffer that is a pain in the butt to use but I do get the job done. Thank you for the video on how to sharpen knives, etc. I really did need those instructions.

  2. 5 stars
    When you shared this I knew immediately I was going to make it. You have taken sausage to the next level – this is so much more complex than jalepeno & cheese. I have made this 3x since you aired it.

  3. 5 stars
    Wow great sausage. I’ve never had a Cajun Green Onion sausage before so I don’t have anything to compare it to but it was darn good. I did omit the red pepper flakes, I knew the amount of cayenne was at the top of my wife’s heat level. I did add some white pepper in its place ( a little homage to Paul Prudhomme for how he balanced heat), I hope all I changed was the heat profile and not the flavor profile.
    Will definitely make again, thanks for the recipe. Next up… boudin for New Years.
    Side note: Saw you grew up in Sulfur in one of your replies. Over the past 10 years whenever I had to go to Texas for a job I’ve stopped at the Boiling Point for a meal and grab some andouille and other things for my trips.

    1. Nice!!! It’s such a great sausage. It’s been a long time since I’ve been back to Sulphur!! Sure do miss the Boiling Point and the Boudin Kitchen

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