The Great Portuguese Sausage Shootout



Being very proudly half-Portuguese myself of ethnic background, it’s fitting that I do a thorough job of covering one of Hawaii’s favorite ethnic foods, the Portuguese Sausage. Hawaii’s manufacturers mostly stick by a similar recipe that is unique to the islands, setting ours apart from those found on the mainland… or possibly even in Portugal.

The most popular way to eat it is for breakfast as simply Portuguese Sausage, Eggs and Rice. Comfort food at its best. Most Hawaii restaurants that serve breakfast have Portuguese sausage as an option to bacon, breakfast links or ham, including national chains such as McDonald’s and iHop.

What inspired me to have a Portuguese Sausage shootout is the wide selection of locally-made brands and varieties that fill our supermarket shelves today, commonly taking up to 4 feet of meat department refrigerator shelf space.

So let the battle begin!…




The players (top to bottom):

  • Redondo’s Lisboa Portuguese Brand Sausage, 10 oz., $1.99 (sale price) from Don Quijote.
    Ingredients: Pork, water, salt, flavorings, sugar, sodium phosphate, monosodium glutamate, oleo-resin of parika, sodiumerythorbate, sodium nitrite, packed in collagen casing.
  • Uncle Louie’s Fully Cooked Mild Portuguese Brand Sausage Stick, package of 3 at 48 oz. (3 lbs.) total, $10 from Costco.
    Ingredients: Pork, water, salt, non-fat dry milk, paprika, vinegar, garlic, chili pepper, spice, sweetener (sucralose), sodium nitrite.
  • Gouvea’s Portuguese Brand Sausage (Linguica). 10 oz., $1.99 from Don Quijote.
    Ingredients: Pork, water, salt, spices, garlic, paprika, sodium erythorbate, sodium nitrite.
  • Rego’s Purity of Hawaii Mild Portuguese Brand Sausage. 10 oz., $1.99 from Marukai Market Place.
    Ingredients: Pork, water, nonfat dry milk, salt, vinegar, sugar, flavorings, paprika, sodium phosphate, sodium erythorbate, sodium nitrite, oleoresin of paprika, packed in collagen casing.
  • Aloha Brand Portuguese Brand Sausage Hawaiian Style (distributed by Gouvea’s Inc.). 5 oz., $1.29 from Don Quijote.
    Ingredients: Pork, water, salt, dextrose, spices, hydrolyzed wheat protien, paprika, sodium phosphate, garlic, spice extractives, natural flavorings, sodium erythorbate, sodium nitrite and collagen casing.
  • Pacific Sausage Mild Portuguese Brand Sausage (Linguica), 5 oz., 99 cents from Don Quijote.
    Ingredients: Pork, water, salt, vinegar, sugar, flavoring, spices, garlic, paprika, sodium phosphate, sodium erythorbate, dextrose, sodium nitrite, sodium citrate.
  • Hawaiian Sausage Company Mild Portuguese Brand Sausage (distributed by Rego’s Purity Food Co., Inc.), 5 oz., 99 cents from Marukai Market Place.
    Ingredients: Pork, water, nonfat dry milk, salt, vinegar, flavorings, paprika, sodium phosphate, smoke flavoring, sodium erythorbate, sodium nitrite, oleoresin of paprika, packed in collagen casing.
  • Gouvea’s Portuguese Brand Sausage Made with Pork and Chicken, 5 oz., $1.29 from Don Quijote.
    Ingredients: Pork, mechanically separated chicken, water, salt, spices, garlic, paprika, sodium erythorbate, sodium nitrite and collagen casing.
  • Redondo’s Mo’ono Sweet Hot Portuguese Brand Sausage, 5 oz., 99 cents from Marukai Market Place.
    Ingredients: Pork, water, soy sauce, sugar, salt, flavorings, sodium phosphate, monosodium glutamate, oleoresin of paprika, sodium erythorbate, sodium nitrite, packed in collagen casing.
  • Frank’s Foods Portuguese Brand Sausage (from Hilo), 12 oz., $2.49 (on sale) from Ward Marukai.
    Ingredients: Pork, beef, dextrose, salt, soy protein concentrate, paprika, sodium phosphate, flavorings, hydrolyzed soy protein, garlic powder, msg, smoke flavoring, sodium erythorbate, sodium nitrite.
  • Kukui Sausage Co, Inc. Portuguese Brand Sausage, 8 oz., $1.99 (on sale) from Ward Marukai..
    Ingredients: Pork, water, salt, sugar, flavorings, paprika, sodium phosphate, sodium nitrite, chili powder, sodium erythorbate.

With (now) 11 players on the “field”, I had to be careful in properly identifying each one for an accurate comparison. While they’re each slightly varied in color and size, for the most part, they all share the same DNA, so labeling was the only way to do it…

As you can see, they all have distinguishable marbeling; some more pronounced than others…

The newest player on the field is Uncle Louie’s, made in Kahului, Maui and available in a bulk pack of 3 HUGE (I mean HUGE) 1 pound sausages at Costco. On a side note to Costco, they also sell Redondo’s Portuguese Sausage in preformed “Spam Musubi” rectangular shapes. How cool is that!

Portuguese Sausage tastes best pan-fried for serving…

I cut 4 slices from each brand, about 3/8″ thick at a bias (diagonally) to provide more surface area.

The only way to give this shootout a fare shake was to accompany the taste test with its true companion, eggs and rice!…


Post edit additions, top to bottom (back to front): Ume Musubi, pickled cucumber, takuan (palate buffers), Frank’s Foods (Hilo), Redondo’s and Kukui brand Portuguese Sausage (uncooked left and cooked right)

Yes, call me crazy. I felt that way attempting to properly plate, sort and label this spread. But tell me that doesn’t look good! Notice I added a couple slices of Takuan, a Japanese picked turnip. I learned this from the mama sans at Tropic Fish and Vegetable market, who makes their Portuguese Sausage, eggs and rice breakfast bento with this. It adds balance, harmony and helps buffer the palate. Try it with Takuan. The best!

The results!..

  1. Frank’s Foods Portuguese Brand Sausage:
    Pork, beefy, smoky and tight; not too fatty or greasy. You haven’t had local style Portuguese Sausage until you’ve had Franks!
  2. Rego’s Purity of Hawaii Mild Portuguese Brand Sausage:
    Slightly sweet twang; mild spices; porky; soft casing; well-balanced overall.
  3. Hawaiian Sausage Company Mild Portuguese Brand Sausage (distributed by Rego’s Purity Food Co., Inc.):
    Smokey!, mildly spicy, porky & moist. Even with the added smoke component, this one was also very well balanced and packed with flavor.
  4. Redondo’s Mo’ono Sweet Hot Portuguese Brand Sausage:
    Tender; porky; moist; hot but spice influence is mild.
  5. Gouvea’s Portuguese Brand Sausage (Linguica):
    Spicy, somewhat salty, semi-beefy, semi-porky (are those real terms?), pronounced marbeling, overall great flavor.
  6. Redondo’s Lisboa Portuguese Brand Sausage:
    Redondo’s is great, but Gouvea’s slightly beefy profile gives it just a little more character than Redondo’s. Still, this is good, and even in 6th place, it’s something I’ll put in the shopping cart on an impulse buy.
  7. Pacific Sausage Mild Portuguese Brand Sausage (Linguica)
    This reminds me of a stepped-down Purity in flavor profile. Stepped down enough to rank about here.
  8. Uncle Louie’s Fully Cooked Mild Portuguese Brand Sausage Stick:
    Significant Paprika flavor; pronounced marbeling gave it a really “fatty” character, for better or worse; somewhat salty; doesn’t taste porky, more beefy.
  9. Aloha Brand Portuguese Brand Sausage Hawaiian Style (distributed by Gouvea’s Inc.):
    More zesty; paprika too noticeable, yet still good; doesn’t taste like “traditional” Portuguease sausage.
  10. Kukui Sausage Co, Inc. Portuguese Brand Sausage:
    Decent, but lacks character. It’ s just OK, still slightly better than the last place contender as follows.
  11. Gouvea’s Portuguese Brand Sausage Made with Pork and Chicken:
    Subtle flavor, not much marbleization.

Post edit: Frank’s Foods from Hilo is my favorite! The beef and the smoke flavoring, combined with the texture, which is tight and not to fatty make this one stand out. And allthough there’s beef in it, which is out of the norm from the rest of the pack, it still screams loud and proud, “I’m the best Portuguese Sausage!”

Rego’s Purity of Hawaii Mild Portuguese Brand Sausage was my overall favorite. With that, it’s still a close contender for first place, but I’ll hand that to Franks. The Purity won a blind taste test by four members in our household. I wouldn’t kick any one of these brands off the table, but if I could only choose one, Franks would be first, then Rego’s Purity. As for Purity, flavorful balance is the best way to describe it. It also caramelized nicely due its sugar component. My next choice also comes from Rego’s with their Hawaiian Sausage Company variety. The added smokiness really serves it well, and goes GREAT with those sunny-side up eggs. Excellent.

Whew. Let me tell you, that was alot of work. It wasn’t easy to try that much Portuguese Sausage in one sitting. After that, I didn’t eat for the rest of the day. That’s how full I was! The spices really give an aftertaste doesn’t go away for a long time. lol But it’s all good.

Next time you go grocery shopping, pick up a few brands of Portuguese Sausage and compare them yourself. You might find nuances in each that I couldn’t find, or a flavor preference that best suits you. Then after that, go on a diet for the rest of the week. I’m going vegetarian for the next 5 days after this. My blood is still boiling. lol

P.S.

Gouvea also makes this “Hot Dog”…


Gouvea’s Portuguese Brand Hot Dogs

It may look like a hot dog on the outside, but bite into it and you know what? It’s pretty much a miniature Portuguese Sausage! Same paprika, vinegar, and garlic flavor, sans the chili pepper. Very porky, including the marbelized fat in it. It’s really ono!


Gouvea’s Portuguese Brand Hot Dog, boiled and sliced in half

Next time I gotta’ try it in a hot dog bun. Maybe with just ketchup and chopped onions.

I also tried Redondo’s Arabiki Sausage…


Redondo’s ARABIKI course gournd sausage made with pork (Mo’ono selection), $2.99 from Marukai.

Per the instructions on the package, I boiled them for about 3 minutes…

They’re sort small, but they really pack flavor! Smokey, slightly sweet and savory in a shoyu-kind-of way, and moist inside. But the most important feature of these little babies is that SNAPPY CRUNCH of the casing. Nice! I’m not sure how I’d incorporate this in a recipe, but just alone as a pupu works for me. Pick some up and try.. I bet you’ll like it.


Comments

The Great Portuguese Sausage Shootout — 135 Comments

  1. My kids LOVE Arabiki. They have them in ramen, in mac n cheese, on the side with eggs or muffins or banana bread . . . basically, there is no meal they wouldn’t be happy to have Arabiki with.

  2. Thanks for doing this taste test, I don’t have a personal favorite so this will help the next time I’m at the market. I do like portugese sausage that Liliha Bakery serves, but I can never get them to tell me what brand it is. The closest i’ve gotten is, “it’s from the factory”.

  3. Hey, don’t see the Redondo’s Portuguese Brand Sausage Hot or Mild, 12 oz. size. in the white, red and blue packaging.

    It’s what us guys from Hawaii can get from the commissary here in Okinawa. The only one! My Okinawan friends love the HOT one, grilled on a hibachi and then sliced.

  4. Wish I could get portuguese sausage like this on the mainland! But I have to settle for packing my suitcase with frozen ones every time I go back. Next time I’ll make sure it’s regos purity (I think that’s the one I usually get anyway).

  5. I wanted to let you know how much fun I have looking at your blog. I LOVE the food photos, it makes me SOOO Hungry. Reminds me of my childhood in Hawaii – and I miss “porogi” sausage soo much…even though I now live where Spam is made, I hardly ever buy it, much less eat it.
    The next time I get back to the islands, I am going to have to go to Zippy’s and try their Chili Moco which I have never had the pleasure of having.
    Thanks so much for all the Aloha!

  6. Being half Portuguese myself and a lover of Portuguese saugage – or linguica as we called it when I was growing up – I enjoyed this post. I’m on the Big Island and haven’t seen the Mo’ Ono style from Redondo’s, but will look for it (all in the name of taste testing, of course!). Our standby is the Redondo’s 4 pack from Costco…

  7. Kelly and Nate, you’re right! I inadvertently forgot to buy and include Redondo’s standard mild or hot Portuguese Sausage in the contest. My bad! This goes to show just how many varieties are on our shelves.. can’t keep track!

    I’ll retrofit the standard Redondo’s P. Sausage into the mix here and grade its flavor in comparison to the others accordingly. Soon.

    Thanks everyone for visiting and commenting. I had a feeling this PS shootout would be a fun entry.

  8. wow …this is such a great entry, pomai!!! i really loved reading your critic on each one …thanks for doing this. i agree with your rating ….i like your top 3 too. i was disappointed with the Costso one …uncle louie’s. i await your next entry …i love your blog !!

  9. Good one Pomai!!!! Enjoyed it. On your next round, check out Hilo’s Frank’s Food Portuguese Sausage. Curious how that one stands up to the rest. Hope they still make them with chucks of meat inside that kind of falls apart when cooking.

  10. in the midwest i find kielbasa to be the best substitute–in chili and Portuguese bean soup at least. i just found out that linguica is the “real” name so maybe i will try that too though.

  11. I agree with Lance. You gotta try the Hilo sausages and compare them to the stuff you got on Oahu. Frank’s Foods and Miko gotta be included in the test. You can get them at Marukai once in a great great while. I wanna know how they stack up to your taste buds.

  12. Excellent job! I moved to Hawaii 5 years ago and always wondered how the different brands stacked up to each other. I usually just buy whatever is on sale at Daiei. (Don Quijote) I’ve certainly have had the Purtiy brand before. Now I’ll make sure it’s what I get. Keep up the good work on your blog!

  13. Kory, I just bought one of Frank’s brand Portuguese Sausage (mild), which was a new item at Marukai here in Honolulu. I’ll retrofit that into the comparison later this week. I also need to add Redondo’s brand into the mix. I can’t believe I forgot that…my bad!

    Also from Hilo, I have some Kulana brand blood sausage, which my mom (originally from Hilo) insists is the best.

    HawaiiVacationsGift, according to the ingredients listings, the only brand here that has MSG is Redondo’s Mo’ono Sweet Hot Portuguese Brand Sausage. The most common chemical ingredient among all them is Sodium Nitrite, which is a meat preservative and color fixative.

    Thanks everyone for visiting!

  14. Great comparison, I think either 5 or 6 is Pacific? Both are identical. Was wondering how Pacific compares, I don’t care for it myself. Good article, agree with earlier comments, Frank’s Foods of Hilo has always been our favorite.

  15. Just got back from visiting my daughter in Anchorage and was happy to find Redondo Portuguese Sausage at Sagaya’s market. I had to buy an extra suitcase to bring it back to Oklahoma.
    Miko is my favorite brand but have not been able to find it in any of the stores on Oahu whenever I go home.

  16. <<>>

    Duh, yeah. I buy them by the case when ever I’m home in Hilo. Kulana Foods is right below my parents house. I love that. The only thing better than their blood sausage is if you can get them home made. Enjoy your eating but be sure not to take a blood test any time soon. :)

  17. Nice arrangement and mouth watering photos. Glad to hear that you got a chance to try Frank’s Food Portuguese Sausage and loved it. Now, you’ve got to try Miko Brand. Curious which you like better. Really enjoying your posts.

  18. I live all the way in Fayetteville North Carolina and I am wanting some Portuguese sausage sooooooooooooooooooooooooooo bad. How do I get some delivered here

  19. I grew up on Oahu and I just got back after visiting. I cleared out the shelves at Walmart of the Purity Brand Hawaiian Sausage. It truly is ONO! The best around and for only 97 cents. We all went to Liliha Bakery for breakfast every morning but Mel was in New York. We’ve been eating Rego’s Purity Portuguese Sausage for years. If anyone ever goes to Waikiki, make sure you stop for a shave ice at the Waiola Shave Ice Stand. Mahalo.

  20. Marialucia…not sure if you goin’ get this msg. since you posted in Aug. but if you type in Portuguese Sausage in your search engine box you’ll find a number of different companies that can ship to the mainland. One site is called 1st Luau or something like that…kind of expensive considering can get ‘em fo’ cheap back home, but if you really craving like me I’m sure it’s worth the money. For me personally, I just wait till my ‘ohana come visit and tell ‘em fo’ pack some in da cooler and bring ‘em up. HA HA! Fayetteville, huh? Not sure if get asian market where you at, but I know in Tucson there’s this place called 7th Street Fishmarket and they sell the Redondo’s brand portuguese sausage and poi (bag kine). So if you ever there you can always go there and pick it up…I think was like $.99 last July (that was the last time I was there, I live in Corpus Christi, TX).

  21. I grew up in Ewa Beach, Oahu. After over 27 years in da Army, I settled down and re-rooted in Mesquite, Texas. I miss da local food soooooooooo bad. I compensate with my love of cooking. For the most part, I have no problem duplicating some of the dishes I miss the most. But I cannot find Portuguese sausage here. The closest is a Cajun Sausage called “Andoulle” (not sure of the spelling), but is not da same. Was home for a visit in summa of 06, and my two Auntys loaded me up on some Portuguese sausage and Redondo’s “Red” Franks. I ate Portuguese sausage, rice & eggs, chilli & frank plate for two weeks. I have a meat grinder, and a sausage stuffer, and want to make my own sausage. I have found a few recipes to try. Do you know of a good broke da mouth recipe to use?

    Aloha,

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  23. I like any kine podogee sausage, but after eating the one from Ah Fook’s store on Maui, I gotta say dat das da best I ever tasted…period! When you go Maui, check them out down Kahului side across Young Bros.in the mall next to Burger King. You’ll wonder how you ever did without them.

  24. Great article. Never tried Frank’s, I’ll have to track some down.

    Also, Arabiki in S&B Golden Curry over rice is probably my favorite comfort food of all time.

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  26. I stumbled across this blog while looking for an authentic recipe for Linguica; one of the many encased meats of the motherland, to compare the ingredients with the Hawaiian version of “Portuguese Sausage” To my dismay I see that the producers do not list those proprietary flavorings that I need to accurately replicate the TRUE flavor of LINGUICA. Which is, as far as I can ascertain the, inspiration for this truly Hawaiian meat. I would suggest to the many Portuguese descendants here on the islands to either plan a trip to Lisbon or go online and order some Gaspar’s Linguica or Chourico so that you might appreciate the true and subtle flavors that have been lost over 10,000 plus miles and hundred’s of years.

    I’m not trying to cast any negative light on the Island version, I find it’s flavor for the most part quite pleasant. But compared to the sausage produced by native sons in places Like New Bedford and Fall River it lacks a distinctive punch and complexity. I suppose thew same could be said of comparisons between TRUE Polish Kielbasa and the amalgum of meat, msg and artificial flavor responsible for the huge polish sausage industry in this country.

    Island Portuguese style sausage is very good in it’s own right but I challenge every person that is a portagee to get ahold of some of the authentic stuff and give it a try. Of course unless you go to the north end of New Bedford to my mother in law’s portuguese butcher’s shop you will not get the real deal but there are many respectable venders in New England making fine sausages.

    Bom Dia

  27. I thank you very much for this article acclaiming Portuguese Sausage. I was introduced to it in Hawaii at the Outrigger Hotel on the Mainland (before renovations). It was delicious! It had a certain sweetness to it. When I was leaving Hawaii, I noticed a sign in Burger King fastfood restaurant for Portuguese Sausage. I was in a limo headed to the airport and therefore, could not stop.

    I am not a cook and the prepared Portuguese Sausage is what I have been looking for. Are there restaurants in the United State where I can go and enjoy this food? Please post the web address or supply state/address information. I am looking for Portuguese Sausage with that Hawaiian flavor.

    Thank you,

    Brenda

  28. Wow, these are delicious. I haven’t tried Portuguese sausages yet but I must say they look good. I like to taste different kinds of sausages from different places around the world. The pictures keep me hungry and drooling. We also like sausages, eggs and fried rice for breakfast here.

  29. I too was hurting for some portguese saugage after three years in the Navy at the old Barbers Point NAS. I lived in Wipahu and it was da best. After many years I tracked down the sausage at Gaspars. Still looking for a good recipe for the kine sausage and rice like breakfast and fried noodles too. Livin here in Texas.

  30. I must say that I have never seen so many sausages together and I’m Portuguese!!!

    I never saw that recipe on any traditional Portuguese menu. Specially for breakfast. I must say that this is definitely not “traditionally Portuguese”.

    It seems to me that the traditional “Linguiça” with “Ç” and Chouriço, with “Ç” too, got inside a frying pan with a couple of eggs, and voilá you got something that has nothing to do with Portugal. I must add that the eggs for breakfast are traditional in England not Portugal.
    I also must add that we don’t have that many variety of sausages. Someone confused us with Germany.
    Sausage (“Salsicha” in Portuguese), “Chouriço” and “Linguiça” are very different things.

    If you want to know what a real “chouriço” is like, check here: http://www.fumadosdouro.pt/proddetail.php?prod=7

    You can also search for “Morcela”, “Mouro”, “Farinheira”, for other traditional “enchidos”.

    Cheers.

  31. Renato, thanks for stopping by. So you live in Portugal? My father was pure Portuguese, but born and raised in Hilo.

    As for having that many Portuguese sausages, the demand for it in Hawaii must be high, because it seems we’re constantly getting more brands jumping into the market. And as you see by some of the comments, folks have their favorite brands. So far as you see, my top choice was Frank’s brand from Hilo. Truly stands on top. Next favorite was Rego’s Purity brand.

    Hawaii’s Portuguese sausage recipes are all pretty similar in flavor that is unique to the islands, and those who’ve tried the ones on the mainland attest to that. Especially those Hawaii expats who yearn for the local style flavor.

  32. I LOVE portuguese sausage….haven’t had them in years, ever since I left Hawaii. Would love to know if there is a way to order them over the internet and shipped.

  33. I’m a native of Guam…..but now residing in the East coast. I’ve been craving and looking for the sausages (portuguese, lingueisa) and no luck. Supermarkets I shop at don’t have them, I’ve inquired where can I go to find these sausages, but even at that most don’t know or ever heard of it wad-dup wit dat? lol…I’m still looking. Please send to my email given..

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  35. Just a note to those living in the Dallas area….Kazy’s Japanese grocery store sells Miko brand portuguese ssg. Currently, it’s about $4 for an 8 oz. link. Pricey but available!

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  37. Rob,

    Check out this link…

    http://shop.hawaiianfoodonline.com

    They have the Frank’s brand Portuguese Sausage for sale online! It’s about double the price as it would be locally, NOT INCLUDING shipping, so that might be an issue. But still, that IS the winner of this shootout, and if you want a great representation of this delicacy, done “local style”, Frank’s brand Portuguese Sausage from the Big Island is a great choice.

    Otherwise, pay a visit to the Marukai Market in San Diego. According to their website, there is one. Marukai’s mainland locations are known to carry made-in-Hawaii products. It’s a membership store (like Sam’ s Club and Costco), but you can get a 1-day visitors pass by going to the customer service counter before entering.

    If they don’t have any of the Hawaii P.S. brands, surely someone working there should know where to point you to.

  38. Did a taste testing like this back in May with Purity, Gouvea’s, Hawaiian Sausage, and Redondo’s, and the clear winner was Redondo’s. The mild and hot have a distinct flavor of herbs and spices, whereas most of the others (Gouvea’s especially) just seemed mostly salty. But maybe I’ll pick up some Purity for good measure when I head back to the mainland!

  39. Being 100% Portuguese from Portugal I read this with great interest. I must say that when I arrived here some time ago I look upon this portuguese sausage suspiciously and at the beginning I didn’t appreciate them that much. It’s definitely not the same thing as the original but after some time I grew accustomed to it and right now there’s always some in my fridge.
    Very nice blog btw.

  40. Howzit Mark,

    Looking back at my taste test results, it looks like Redondo’s placed 4th and 6th, yet I did note some favorable qualities about them.

    You really gotta’ get your hands on Franks (Hilo brand) though. That one is fantastic. I almost guarantee if you hold another test and do it blind, Frank’s will place either first or second place.

    Hopefully the good folks over at WOWGrinds.com will hold a “scientific” blind taste test of all the brands on the store shelves.

    Hugo, thanks for dropping by. I’d love to hear a more detailed description on REAL Portuguese Linguica from Portugal, and how you compare that with the Hawaii style sausages. Do the ones in Portugal have a higher fat content? Leaner? What kind of casing? Spice differences? Shape? Size? I’ve never looked for it locally, but I’m sure there’s gotta’ be some specialty market here that carries authentic imported Portuguese Sausage from Portugal. Hey, gotta’ respect the motherland!

    A few years ago, in of all places, Food Pantry in Waikiki, I found a Linguica Portuguese sausage that was made in New York. So I bought it to try it out, and I ended up not liking it at all. It leaned more towards Chorizo, with too much spices, and the ground pork in it didn’t have much flavor if its own. Just the spices. It was kinda’ weird. Then again, folks from New York might find Hawaii’s Portuguese Sausage “kinda’ weird”. Like many other foods, sausages seem to be heavily influenced by the region their from.

  41. Hey, I just picked up some Purity sausage at Iwilei Costco, 4, twelve-ounce sausages for $7.29. I was leaning toward the Redondo’s even though it was more expensive at $8.29 for the same amount. I just thought that the Purity sausage looked a little too orange for my liking. I guess I got lucky!

    Thanks very much for doing these. You are da bes’!

  42. hmmm….i’ll be on the look-out for the frank’s foods sausage – thank’s for the work, guess i’ll stick with the purity. i found that when i slice and then cook for a little bit in the micro (wrapped in paper towel) to let out some oil, then pan fry for that pan-fried look and taste, it seems to cut down on the grease….

  43. I live in Daytona Beach Fl. and I have had no luck in finding portuguese sausage anywhere. Can you tell me where I can find it in my area or if I can order some off line. Thank You

  44. Simone, as mentioned in a reply previously, there’s a resource here:

    http://shop.hawaiianfoodonline.com/main.sc

    They have a few popular Portuguese Sausage brands from Hawaii available. Where you’ll get hit hard is the shipping costs, obviously due to the outrageous fuel prices we’re all dealing with.

    So if you order, say, 3 packages of Frank’s Portuguese Sausage (highly recommended!) @ $4.99 each, after shipping ($14.99 2nd day air, plus $7 handling charge) the total price will come out to $37 ($12.33/sausage). Ouch. If that’s the case, you might wanna’ consider ordering more than 3 to reduce the shipping cost per unit.

    At least the option is there if you REALLY want it.

  45. A very well presented comparison. Unfortunately, without having the mild and medium Miko brand sausage in the lineup, you have basically omitted the absolute benchmark of great Hawaiian “Por-ta-gee” sausage.

    Franks is good, really good. Miko is the best.

  46. Dean,

    I’ve never seen Miko brand (Hilo Meat Co.) Portuguese Sausage on supermarket shelves on Oahu. Believe me, I bought EVERY brand, and EVERY variety within that brand (except HOT over MILD) I could get my hands on.

    I was lucky enough to have been able to get Frank’s (another Hilo brand), which was only available at Ward Farmers Market for a limited time. At least currenty, it’s no longer available there.

    I still say, if none of the above were available, I’d be just as content with Purity brand, the Oahu-based runner-up.

    Don’t forget to check out http://www.WOWGrinds.com, where they did a blind taste test, pitting home-made Portuguese sausages against the store-bought brands.

  47. Hello,

    My name is Jamie Pagliano and I am a producer for WE TV’s “Secret Lives of Women.” We are currently in our 4th season and one of our show topics is Dirty Jobs. We were looking for a female sausage maker to participate. I was wondering if you might know anyone that might be interested in participating. I have included some more info in regards to the show below.

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  48. I stumbled across this site as I looked for a rice recipe. The fellow church member who made it for a pot-luck meal had lived in Hawaii and married a Hawiian man. The ingredients that I’m sure of are: rice, soy sauce, chopped onion, egg, crumbled pork sausage, and another sausage that looked similiar to what you have here on this site. The rice was similiar to a fried rice with the egg, sauted onion, and the two kinds of sausage. I have looked everywhere for a recipe like this with no luck and have lost touch with the girl who introduced it to us. Can you please help me, if possible??? Thank you so much, JH

  49. JH, it sounds like any other “local style” fried rice; that one you tried using Portuguese Sausage instead of the usual Charsiu or SPAM (luncheon meat). Being that Portuguese Sausage was used, it surely had a much more characteristic flavor imparted by the spicy Portuguese Sausage. That said, it would be critical that you get the Hawaii-made brand of Portuguese sausage in order for you to properly duplicate that recipe.

    As mentioned in one of my comments above, you can by Hawaii-made Portuguese Sausage online at this site:

    http://shop.hawaiianfoodonline.com/main.sc

    As for Hawaii style Fried Rice recipes, you can find quite a few over at:
    http://www.alohaworld.com
    under RECIPES

    Hope that helps!

    Jaimie, sorry I came across your comment so late. I don’t know any sausage makers personally – either male or female, but I bet they do indeed exist, including at one of our factories. Look up any one of the manufacturers listed in the Portuguese Sausage shootout above and give them a call. I’m sure they’d be more than willing to help. Especially with the publicity for their company a TV show such as yours would offer! It’s kinda’ funny that you’re looking for “talent” in Hawaii, when there’s so many sausage manufacturers all across the nation. Perhaps looking for a Hawaii vacation at the same time? lol

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  51. I have moved to Texas in January 09. I have found some Hawaiian foods in Killeen on Business 190. Not sure of address, but you can map it. Called the Aloha and Talofa Store. They have portuguese sausage, lau lau, poi, hawaiian sun juices, manapua and Zippys chili too. Plenty other stuff go check them out. Iam portuguese so I need my sausage to make the podagee soup. There is also a supermarket in Killen called O’Mart. full of all kind oriental stuff. I also found Yellow fin Tuna {frozen} 2 fillets in HEB for $5.99. They also have it in O’Mart. They have Tako also. If any one have any more spots let me know.

  52. Pomai, you never had Ah Fook’s sausages in shoot out. You must like it since you brought some back to Oahu. Since Ah Fook special make their own it gotta be good.

  53. All this is really nice, but WHERE in the state of Alabama can I purchase Portuguese sausage so I can make some good ole Portugese bean soup!…..Thankx

  54. In the summer and autumn of 1963, I was employed along with a lovely young lady, Anita Redondo, by a small company in San Francisco , THE TIE RACK. Eventually, Anita returned to Oahu to work in her family’s sausage factory. For several years, we stayed in contact with each other through cards and letters. I have often wondered why or how we interrupted our exchange. I would love to resume our correspondence.

    Louise L. Gallone 6723 Red Haw Drive Fort Wayne, Indiana 46825

    louise1938@msn.com

  55. I live in calif. city of Norwalk. years ago I could buy Linguica, in the city of Artesia calif. No more. So I ask where can I find real portuguese Linguica, around me Locally, or within a 10 mile radias

  56. I live in NW Illinois and have been a to a few oriental markets in Wisconsin and Iowa, but have not found anything close to any of the brands you have here in your taste test. So far, I’ve done trial and error on about 6 different brands of linguisa and chorizo, to no avail. If anyone can give me a push in the right direction to brands that may have the local kine taste, please reply to this or email to demottam at hot mail…mahalos!

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  58. Pomai,

    Here is my question to you, “The Great Portuguese Sausage Shootout” plus additional comparisons to Portuguese sausage and chorizo are all fantastic and informational but, there is no standard used to the real Portuguese made product.

    The largest manufacture of Portuguese sausage (over 3 million pounds shipped annually each year in USA resides in Massachusetts on the mainland which is basically the standard linguica (pronounced lin-gwee-sah).

    Chorizo sausage is made in Spain, France, Mexico, Uruguay, Argentina, Puerto Rico and Philippines and depending on the local area where it’s made the ingredients used will differ in spices and intensity of heat and grind of pork. Mexican chorizo is normally cooked out of the casing because it is finely ground. Portugal makes a version called “chourico” (pronounced shoor-reese) which is choice pork shoulder in chunks and very lean.

    I grew up eating Portuguese sausage all my life from the largest Portuguese enclave on the mainland and to this day I order in from the mainland because Purity linguica (close to real Portuguese taste) and the green can chorizo (more Mexican than Portuguese) do not have the real Portuguese taste.

    I know we live on an isolated island and work with what we have to work with but I think over the years the ture taste of the real Portuguese sausage has been lost.

  59. Hey those sausages you listed are NOT real Portuguese. They are more close to Polish sausages. Being a Portuguese born in Hawaii, I grew up eating real Portuguese sausages — the ones made with chunks of pork and fat. Miko used to make the real ones, and they were da best kine in islands. Over the years, Miko had changed the flavor to near-Portuguese , but still far better than other sausages you listed. Like Lance said ( Jan. 2008 comment above), it is no contest with Miko. MIko is still THE Portuguese sausags in Hawaii. It is still only the real one. Jimmy the Portuguese

    • james, you are right, i grew up in makawao, maui in the 50s. at that time makawao and surrounding areas were portagee country. they made their own sausages to sell. the pork and fat was chunky, and they did fall out of the casing when you cooked them. amazing tasting , nothing like now. the blood sausages was so ono. i guess with the sanitation laws and the board of health, those days are long gone. by the way, i knew a james sousa growing up. their family owned a meat market in makawao.

  60. James Souza is correct. The Portuguese sausage was very different. Loosely packed with chunks and whole pepper flakes. Would even fall apart in pan when cooked.much better. Miko and Ah Fooks kept it that way for a long while.

  61. Do you have any do it your self recipes for por. sausage that we can make our self just like that smoked meat step by step recipe you made. ” great stuff ” if you have one with out msg would be great
    Thank you

  62. Love your taste test! We were just in Kaua’i and Costco sold a few varieties, one of the “sample ladies” suggested Rego’s Purity mild. Since 4 -12oz came in a pack we had to have some every morning, oh darn! They were fab, so glad to see it got #2 in your taste test! It is expensive to ship to CA, so if anyone knows a close 2nd in So Cal and where to buy them can you post?
    Mahalo!!!

    • Thea,

      Try one of the Marukai locations in Southern California. I hear they carry Hawaii-made brands of Portuguese Sausage. Otherwise, look for Gaspar’s brand Chourico and Linguica Portuguese Sausage, which reader and friend KenW swears by as rivaling the Hawaii brands.

      Interestingly, Marukai carries NOH brand “Hawaiian Style Portuguese Sausage Seasoning Mix”.

      According to NOH Foods website, here’s the gist of it…

      What you need.
      • 1 Pkg. NOH Foods Hawaiian Style Portuguese Sausage Seasoning Mix (Ingredients: Powdered vinegar, salt, sugar, powdered milk, garlic, onion, chili, pepper, paprika, monosodium glutamate, spices)
      • 1/4 cup water
      • 1 pound ground pork
      • Frying pan
      • Stove top

      Recipe for Hawaiian Style Portuguese Sausage Seasoning Mix
      Combine contents of package with 1/4 cup water. Mix well. Add ground pork and mix thoroughly. Shape into patties. Pan fry and serve. Easy, you can do this.

      I wonder if the casing adds flavor to sausage, or helps to keep the flavor in better? I’m guessing so’s the case. Ken-san may wanna’ chime-in on that.

      • It’s smoking the sausage after making it that adds to the flavor and yes the natural casing holds it all together allowing the fat to melt a little bit to gather up all the spice flavors.

        • Ken,

          Due to cost, don’t most manufacturers nowadays use “artificial” collagen-based casings?

          Speaking of casing, have you ever tried Redondo’s Arabiki “Japanese style” sausage? Awesome! It has this wonderful “snap” when you bite into it, while flavor-wise, it’s like a teriyaki pork thing going on, albeit the grind is very “tight”. Most distinctively, Arabiki features a natural sheeps casing, hence the “snap”, along a higher higher price, based on weight.

          I did a post a while ago featuring my own creation called the “Tonkrazy Dog“. Check it out at that link.

      • Yesterday I finally found a local retailer selling NOH Hawaiian Style Portuguese Sausage Seasoning Mix at, of all places, Longs Drugs (Mililani location). Neither Safeway, Times or Foodland had it, having every other NOH flavor but that one; go figure. Racists! lol I have yet to check if Don Quijote stocks it.

        Anyhow, it was just $1.49 per packet, regular price. Surprising to see Longs selling a “Cat-10″ item for such a low price.

        Here’s a scan of the packet, both front and back…

        NOH Hawaiian Style Portuguese Sausage Seasoning Mix

        NOH Hawaiian Style Portuguese Sausage Seasoning Mix

        Add runny sunnyside-up eggs and rice, all set!

        • Pomai,

          Strange—–I wrote a reply but it didn’t show up!!!

          I said yes some manufacturers use “artificial” collagen-based casings but it depends on type of sausage they are making.

          I have tried Redondo’s Arabiki “Japanese style” sausage and found it to be an interesting taste and I did see your “Tonkrazy Dog“.

          Besides Gaspar’s and Mello’s mentioned above as being resources for Portuguese sausage on the mainland, there are over 6 more Portuguese sausage companies in the Fall River, New Bedford, MA area and the difference between them is in how much fat is used, spice amounts, and the smoking process.

          Gaspar’s by far is the largest manufacture and leanest Portuguese sausage but sometimes you want more paprika red greasy slick in your dish to add more flavor (like in a clam boil) so you go with another brand that has more fat in it.

          By the way as a heads up to NOH home-made Portuguese sausage mix, all my linguica and Chouriço recipes suggest #1 if you are not going to cold smoke your home-made Portuguese sausage add some liquid smoke to the mix and #2 after making the Portuguese sausage let it rest in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 days to develop its flavor before cooking.

          • Ken,

            Do you know anywhere locally where I can find casings, either natural or collagen-based? I asked the meat butcher in Times, and he didn’t know, suggesting I call Redondo’s, or perhaps hunt around Chinatown. Also, if I do find casings, do you think I can do it manually by stuffing the sausage mixture through a tube affixed to the casing (a homemade contraption), or will I need to buy a full-fledged sausage stuffer? I’d rather make sausages with this mix (vs. hand-pressed patties), and smoke it naturally, not with liquid smoke.

            As for Linquica brands, this past week I spotted Silva’s HOT Linquica Portuguese Sausage in the Kapahulu Safeway (my regular haunt). It’s $5.49 for a pack of two fairly large sausages. Here’s their website:
            http://www.silvasausage.com

            I’ll pick-up a package of Silva’s and throw that into the comparo with Rego’s Purity vs. your Gaspar’s brand.

            Perhaps I’ll also throw in the Souza brand as well. Oh, wait, there is no Souza’s brand Portuguese Sausage… that is unless you consider the one I was born with. LOL!!!!

          • Pomai,

            No I don’t know of anywhere locally you can purchase casings, either natural or collagen-based. However, I know a person locally that makes his own sausages every week: Henry Adaniya, the owner of Hank’s Haute Dogs.

            I have a Kitchen-Aid stand mixer, which I added the sausage stuffer attachment (it converts the food grinder). If you get a large-enough funnel, you can use that as a sausage stuffer. My large sausage stuffer tube is 3/4″ in diameter, and small sausage stuffer tube is 7/16″ diameter.

            Ace Hardware has a Weston Deluxe Heavy Duty Manual Meat Grinder & Sausage Stuffer (36-1001-W) listed for $43.99. Wal-Mart has a Weston 36-0003-W 3 lb. Tinned Manual Sausage Stuffer for $59.99

            Thanks for the heads-up on Silva’s HOT Linquica Portuguese Sausage in the Kapahulu Safeway. I’ll have to try it. Sounds like they’re making a cross between Linquica and Chourico.

            Souza brand???? Don’t be so quick to say there is no Souza’s brand Portuguese Sausage, as I think there is one on the mainland, and it ever might be a relative of yours!!!! LOL

            I noticed the difference between the Linquica and Chourico recipes. What makes Chourico different from Linquica, is that in a Chourico recipe the pork is cured in a brine and seasoned with garlic, black pepper and red wine. Just before the casings are filled, and paprika is added.

    • Ken-san,

      Regarding finding casings locally, still sounds like a “hunt”, however, thanks for the leads. I really don’t want yet another kitchen gadget, as I’m trying to live as a “minimalist” for the new year, and a sausage maker is such a “Unitasker”. I always thought a Kitchen-Aid mixer would be nice to have, but not NEED TO HAVE. Ya’ know? I’d probably use it once or twice a year, if even that, then put it under the cabinet in storage, taking up precious space. More practical to just buy the sausage already made (or baked goods, and what have you, that’s made using that), as far as I’m concerned.

      I was thinking of stuffing the Portuguese-flavored ground pork in Aburage (a deep-fried Tofu pouch), using that as a faux casing of sorts. Only thing, I’m not sure how that will fry-up enough without burning, in order to fully cook the marinaded ground pork stuffing. Yet I’m confident it will at least taste great. Especially in being that it will help to seal-in the flavors from the spices and fat in the pork. Ah, what the heck, I’ll just try it!

      I’ll go get the Silva brand Linguica Portuguese Sausage later today, and post a pic of it here, then throw it in the freezer until I’m ready to blog it along with your Gaspar’s Linquica and Chorizo.

      As for the “Souza brand” Portuguese Sausage, I’m “well-related” to my own body, thank you very much. LOL!!!

      • Pomai

        Go to Bed Bath & Beyond in Aiea and get a clamp on meat grinder and sausage stuffer for $29.99. Takes up less space and way way cheaper than a Kitchen-Aid stand mixer with accessories.

        Oh—I looked at the Silva brand Linguica Portuguese Sausage web site. Their Linguica is shaped like Gaspar’s Chourico. Also the list of ingredients in the Silva brand Linguica has chili in it????? On one of the pages the Linguica is referred to as chorizo. Portuguese Chourico and Spanish chorizo are interchangeable in a recipe. I have no idea what Silva brand Linguica Portuguese Sausage is or what it will taste like.

  63. Jus’ thought I’d chime in on the discussion: I grew up in Honolulu and have been living on the mainland ever since I went off and joined the Army in the 70′s. Been looking for “pordagee sausage” everywhere I’ve lived (GA, NC, FL, VA and CA) but no real luck; and forget about finding any in Germany! LOL My only salvation was the semi-annual trips back to Kapahulu and bringing back pordagee sausage. I found that freezing them and packing them in some insulated packages (that you can open and show security at the airport). They may thaw out enroute, but re-freeze OK and taste great when you thaw them out months later to eat! I am now working in Alabama, and surprise! I found Portugese (note formal spelling) Linguica in a supermarket in Meridianville, AL! It was made by Gaspar’s in Massachusetts (big Portugese population in New England) and pricey, about $7 for a single 1 pound sausage. My jones for pordagee sausage was so strong that I had to try ‘em! As some of the comments made on this page have stated, the Hawaiian version is different from this East Coast version. The Gaspar’s linguica was very solid and meaty, good spice with that nice distinctive “vinegary” tang. But maybe it was the lack of fat in it that the island versions have that made the difference… who doesn’t enjoy it when the rice soaks up that red grease…. mmmmmmmm. I can’t say I was disappointed, cause it was ono! But, it was hard for me to hang a local memory on it… bummahs. Anyway, I looked up Gaspar’s on the web and they got some amazing linguica-ized stuff! linguica hot dogs, little smokies-style linguica pups, bulk (unstuffed) linguica and the best one… linguica slices (cold-cut salami style)! The last one reminded me of a product my mom used to fry up and make sandwiches for us called burgeesa or borgesa, something like that, that was a bologna sized sliced cold cut that tasted like portugese sausage (complete with that distinctive red grease that would soak into the bread like extra sandwich spread)…. I think I’m gonna order some and try ‘em! Here is the web link to Gaspar’s… maybe there’s hope for us ex-pat locals stuck on the Mainland in-between trips back home! http://www.gasparssausage.com/gaslin.html

    • Keith,

      Huge mahalos for all that detailed info’ on finding Portuguese Sausage all over the mainland. You hit the nail on the head when you said the “rice soaks up that red grease”. Oh yeah, that’s what I’m talkin’ ’bout! That, plus the runny sunnyside-up egg yolk? Brah, talk about local ‘kine comfort food at its best! Small ‘kine stroke, but worth every bite! lol

      Anyway, I’m looking forward to blogging the Gaspar’s Linquica and Chorizo KenW gave me. It will be interesting comparing against several local brands, which I plan on doing (I’ve expanded the window here).

      I also will do a product review of the NOH brand “Hawaiian style Portuguese Sausage Seasoning” packet. If that pulls it off as tasting like the local style, then you Hawaii expat folks on the mainland and abroad are set! Load-up on those packets (cheap!), add ground pork, cook ‘em, add eggs and rice, and BAM!

        • Keith,

          Not sure what you’re referring to on that reaction. I’m guessing the vision of runny sunnyside-up egg yolk mixed with the porky, paprika-laced “red grease” coating da’ rice? ;-)

          • Absolutely! And damn..I making that face again…. LOL Google images of Homer Simpson drooling and you see that face… LOL

    • KeithF,

      You have the following Portuguese Sausage makers all located in the Fall River and New Bedford, MA area on the mainland. This is where your original New England whalers came from to Hawaii hunting Humpback whales also carrying Portuguese Sausage with them.

      Gaspar’s Sausage Co., Inc. is by far the largest manufacturer in the USA and one of the oldest.

      Mello’s North End Manufacturers Inc.

      Furtado’s Chourico & Linguica (North End Provision Co Inc.)

      Acoreana Manufacturing Co. (New England Sausage Co)

      Amaral’s Lisbon Sausage Co. Inc.

      A Luiz & Sons (Luiz Chourico Products)

      Sardinha’s Sausage Company, Inc.

      Michael’s Provisions

      Gaspar’s is the leanest sausage and all others vary in amount of spices, fat to pork ratio, paprika and smoke curing flavor. Thus you’ll get plenty of “distinctive red grease” with some of the brands. All have internet online stores.

      • Interesting. Here is a picture of sausage from Acoreana. It looks like how sausage used to look (except Gouveias) when I was young, until the mid 70s. Then it all changed to a uniform grind. Smoke flavor and the fall apart factor disappeared.

  64. When we were living in CA and my mother-in-law used to visit, she would bring us Uncle Louie’s Portuguese Sausage frozen and wrapped in tin foil, then put in the luggage. It was still pretty cold when we took it out of the luggage and threw it into the freezer.

    • David,

      I was honestly kinda’ bummed that Uncle Louie’s (Maui brand) didn’t fare so well against the competition in this taste comparo’, as I really like to pull for anything made on the neighbor islands. Too bad you never got to try the Ah Fook’s (Kahului) No Ka Oi brand Portuguese Suasage, which has since closed operations. Those were up there in my top 3, along with Frank’s (Hilo) and Purity (Oahu).

  65. Pomai, darn Ah Fook stop making sausages. I was planing to get some when head to Maui to visit my other cousin who own a grocery store in Wailuku.

  66. Ken-san,

    Here’s a package of Silva’s Hot Linguica Hickory Smoked Portuguese Style Sausage…

    Silva's Hot Linguica

    Silva's Linguica

    It was $5.49 for a 13 oz. package, including two Portuguese Sausages, with each sausage measuring 9-3/4″Lx1-1/4″D. The ingredients are: Pork, Wine Vinegar, Paprika, Salt, Non Fat Milk Powder, Garlic, Sugar, Cayenne Pepper, Crushed Chili Peppers, Spices, MSG and Sodium Nitrite.

    A 2 oz. serving will provide 180 calories, with 140 from fat. Total fat of 15 grams, with 5 grams of that being saturated, plus 40mg of cholesterol and 400mg of sodium. Ouch.

    I’ll probably go back and get this brand of Chorizo to pit against the Gaspar’s brand you gave me…

    Beef Chorizo

    And to everyone on the mainland and abroad who has “Hawaiian style” Portuguese Sausage craving envy, Safeway’s refrigerator case, fully-loaded with all the major local brands…

    Safeway Portuguese Sausage Party

    Finally, here’s a “package” of the Souza brand. LOL!!!

    Oh, BTW, I’m related to the Gouvea’s (sausage company) from my Dad’s father’s side.

    • Pomai,

      Regular Portuguese linguica does not have cayenne pepper and crushed chili peppers in it.

      Regular Portuguese chourico has Portuguese piri piri sauce in it made from very small hot bird’s-eye chiles mixed with garlic, lemon juice and olive oil and left to steep for a month or two to develop fiery flavor.

      All 8 of the Fall River, New Bedford, MA and 1 West Warwick, RI Portuguese Sausage makers I know of do not fully cook their linguica and chourico but cold smoke their sausages to develop a certain flavor as they do not want to melt the fat within the sausage and none of them use MSG.

      According to you Silva’s Hot Linguica Hickory Smoked Portuguese Style Sausage ingredients are: Pork, Wine Vinegar, Paprika, Salt, Non Fat Milk Powder, Garlic, Sugar, Cayenne Pepper, Crushed Chili Peppers, Spices, MSG and Sodium Nitrite.

      Silva’s Hot Linguica sounds and looks like they are making a copy of Portuguese Chourico but calling it Hot Linguica and even on the Silva’s website on one page they refer to their linguica as chorizo.

      Spanish hot chorizo can be substituted for Portuguese Chourico in a recipe.

      • Ken,

        Along with MSG, another “questionable” ingredient commonly found in preserved meats and sausages is Sodium Nitrite (along with Sodium Nitrate). This ingredient preserves the color of the meat/sausage, while also acting as a Botulism inhibitor. Sodium Nitrite has been shown to cause cancer in laboratory animals when consumed in large quantities, however the amount used in human-consumed meats is relatively low.

        Still, surely that adds up over the years of one’s life, along with all the animal fat, which obviously isn’t going to earn health points anytime soon.

        I finally have time to smoke the tako today. Along with that, I’ll also smoke my own Portuguese Sausage using the NOH seasoning mix, which I had marinading the ground pork overnight. Should be interesting!

  67. BARCELOS LINGUICA INC. is a producer of ALL NATURAL linguica, chourico, and more, based in California. Its products are traditional home-style, containing NO MSG, GLUTEN FREE, MILK FREE, No ADDED NITRATES & NITRITES, and PORK RAISED WITHOUT ANTIBIOTICS AND HORMONES.

  68. Pomai,

    I just found Barcelos Brand Linguica and Chourico Smoked Portuguese Sausage in Tamura’s Super Market, Waianae.

    Barcelos Brand Linguica and Chourico Portuguese Sausage can be found on all most all the main Hawaiian islands in Kmart; Kauai 1 location in Lihue; Oahu in Kmart 5 locations in Kmart, Honolulu, Kmart, Salt Lake Blvd., Kmart, Waikele Center, Kmart, Kapolei and Tamura’s Super Market, Waianae; Kmart Maui, 1 location in Kahului and Kmart Big Island of Hawaii, 1 location, Kmart, Kailua-Kona.

    According to the website, Barcelos Linguica, Inc.: http://www.barceloslinguica.com is made in Tracy, California by Joe Barcelos who immigrated to U.S.A in 1969 from native island of Sao Jorge, Azores, Portugal. He started Barcelos Linguica, Inc. commercially in 2008. The company office listed on the web site is a Ups Brown rented mail box in a Tracy, CA shopping plaza so where and who really makes this sausage is questionable as the package says “Distributed by Barcelos Linguica, Tracy, CA 95376”.

    Barcelos Linguica, Inc. makes an original Linguica, Med Hot Linguica and Hot Linguica plus regular Chourico. (all sausages are Chunky Style Sausage)

    I purchased Hot Linguica and Chourico which I haven’t tested it yet to Gaspar’s Portuguese Sausage but at least you now have two sources of real smoked Portuguese sausage which is compared to Portuguese sausage made in Massachusetts. Barcelos Linguica, Inc. indicates it is all natural with no milk, no nitrates and pork fed no antibiotics or hormones.

    Silva’s Hot Linguica Hickory Smoked Portuguese Style Sausage has been in business 35 years but it uses Non Fat Milk Powder as a binder for spices, MSG and Sodium Nitrite.

    By the way, Furtado’s Chourico & Linguica (North End Provision Co Inc.) is the oldest Portuguese sausage maker in Fall River, MA according to Gaspar’s Portuguese Sausage which started in 1912 and is ranked 2nd oldest Portuguese sausage maker and the largest in the united States by volume of over 3 million Lbs. per year.

    • Not sure where you get your info, but Silva Sausage in California produces on average 25,000 lbs of sausage per day. That’s over 9 million per year.

      I’ve tried many brands of linguica and portuguese sausage, and the one’s I tend to dislike are the heavily smoked one’s. I find that it overpowers the flavor of the sausage, not to mention a strong aftertaste. I also never understood why most manufacturers see the need to use powdered milk.

      • John Silva,

        I get my info from visiting the sausage maker’s actual factory store which was very easy living near Fall River and New Bedford, MA., their web sites and actual product packaging.

        You failed to indicate Silva Sausage makes 14 different types of sausage with only one being Portuguese linguica. Take out the other 13 types of sausage from the 25,000 lbs. per day and then tell me how many pounds of linguica a year Silva Sausage makes.

        According to Gaspar’s web site they say they are the largest producer of just linguica and chourico in the U.S. at over 3 million lbs. a year. If you think Silva Sausage makes over 3 million lbs. of linguica a year then that is a discussion you’ll have with Gaspar’s Sausage. They’ve only been in business since 1912.

        Smoke flavoring all depends on type of medium used to produce the smoke (wood, vine, herbs), duration of smoking process, whether using cold smoking or hot smoking method, type of sausage casing and if sausage meat was pre-cured before smoking.

        As indicated by all the MA. sausage makers they use powdered milk as a spice binder.

        The other thing that is very noticeable is all the old world Portuguese sausage makers in MA. have great pride in their sausage products and the pride shows in their products via the national colors of Portugal in the product labels.

        So far I have not seen that pride in the two CA. Portuguese sausage makers.

        • I don’t mean any disrespect, you obviously have a tremendous passion for the east coast producers. I’ve tried them all, even the authentic one’s in Portugal and Azores. You are correct in that Silva Sausage produces many other varieties, however it makes up only a small percentage. Even if you cut 25,000 in half (12,500), its still over 4 million/year. Gaspar’s is one of the oldest, no doubt, but that does not mean they produce the most.

          Regarding your statement on pride, that is highly offensive and far from the truth. So you’re saying that if you don’t flash red and green on the label, you don’t have pride? LOL! Ridiculous!

  69. Pomai,

    That Caique Brand chorizo in the photo is big and fat plus has metal clips at the ends.

    I believe that is loose Mexican style chorizo you take out of the artificial casing and cook like Hamburg.

    It is nowhere near Gaspar’s chourico totally different style and types of sausage.

    You need to find hot and spicy Spanish style chorizo.

    • Ken,

      I’m about to post the “Great Portuguese Sausage Shootout Round 2: Local vs. Mainland”, where I’ll pit Gaspar’s Linquica and Silva’s Portuguese Sausage against Hawaii’s “big 3″, being Rego’s Purity, Gouvea’s and Redondo’s Portuguese Sausage.

      I decided to separate the Chorizo Sausage shootout for another post, as I have too many already to deal with. I was getting a stroke just taking photos and cutting them up. lol

      As for the Chorizo, so far I have your Gaspar’s brand, the Cacique (pronounced “Kah’see-kay”) and the one up to this point that I think tastes best, being the Marca El Rey brand (in the green can). There’s a lot more mainland and locally-made Chorizo available locally that I get and add to that one.

  70. Pomai,

    Furtado’s Chourico & Linguica been in business making Portuguese Sausage since 1903 and they are the 2nd largest producer behind Gaspar’s Sausage Co.,Inc.which started in 1912 and Amaral’s Lisbon Sausage Co. Inc. is the 3rd oldest.

  71. Pomai,

    Your big difference is mainland Portuguese Sausage made by old world Portuguese sausage makers and Hawaii Portuguese sausage makers that have copied and modified to suit local tastes.

    There are tons of different types of Chorizo!!!!

    Basic is you got Mexican which is uncooked and raw you take out of casing and fry it like ground beef so you can’t compare it to Portuguese Sausage or Spanish Chorizo.

    You have Portuguese Chouriço made with wine and Piri Piri Sauce (marinated African hot birdseye chilies) which is different than Chorizo but can be substituted for Chorizo. Normally Chouriço is made regular, medium hot and hot.

    To add to confusion some sausage makers are making Portuguese Linguica (has vinegar in it) which is normally mild like kielbasa and completely different from Chorizo in regular, medium hot and hot versions.

    Then there are all the other countries in the world that make Chorizo in sweet, mild and hot; smoked and not smoked with best known made in Spain and South America.

    In Hawaii there is the “green can Chorizo” which is Filipino style Chorizo called Marca El Rey produced in Nebraska at ConAgra Foods. This Chorizo is really finely ground and fall apart when you slice them.

    I purchased three types of imported Spanish Chorizo in Foodland Kapolei. One out of the three was hot like Portuguese Chouriço. I also purchased Spanish Chorizo at Tamura’s Super Market, Waianae made by Goya (that was mild).

    I tried Barcelos Linguica, Inc. (purchased in Tamura’s Super Market, Waianae) hot Portuguese Linguica today. It was hot like hot Portuguese Chouriço but it was flat in taste with no depth in flavor lacking the taste and punch of paprika and smoke flavor. I’ve got to try Barcelos Linguica, Inc. Portuguese Chouriço next.

      • Aloha Barcelos Linguica, Inc.,

        I grew up eating old world crafted Portuguese Sausage Linguica and Chouriço for over 60 years in the Fall River and New Bedford, MA area manufactured by Portuguese sausage makers who started their businesses in 1903 and 1912. I also purchased artesian Portuguese Linguica and Chouriço Sausage hand crafted and hand stuffed from a Portuguese market. In all cases you could go directly to the factory store and smell and see the ongoing natural smoking process. There was no liquid smoke process. I still order 12 lbs. of Portuguese Sausage Linguica and Chouriço from Fall River, MA every 90 days so when I indicated to my individual taste an item is flat and lacking smoke flavor I have the base line old world crafted Portuguese Linguica and Chouriço Sausage flavor to compare it to. Maybe one day when I am in Tracy, CA. I’ll stop by your office and you can give me a tour of your factory.

  72. Does anyone know which brand they serve at Boot’s & Kimo’s on Oahu? That’s my favorite and in trying to find it in the San Francisco Bay Area. It’s a bit milder and sweeter.

    • Christopher,

      By your description, I’m quite sure it’s Rego’s Purity brand. The Marukai in your area (they’re all over California) may carry it. Try calling them first.

      I’ll try calling Boot’s and Kimo’s to verify for you.

  73. Since on topic. Wild pigs can be a real problem on Kauai. Yesterday I received one from a home owner in the form of home made Portuguese sausage.

    • Pat, was it smoked?

      That said, I must say, after just doing tasting of local Portuguese sausages once again, the commercial brands from Oahu for the most part aren’t smoked, whereas the mainland brands are. However, when I smoked my own using the NOH seasoning mix, it was AWESOME. In fact, that blew away every brand, except Purity. But shhhh, don’t tell anyone I said that, as I’m still working on my new post. He he.

  74. My ex-wife’s Uncle used to make and smoke his own Portuguese sausage. Slice that baby, and you see chunks of pork – no fine ground meat. Best sausage Ive ever had, and nothing on the market can really compare. Sadly, he passed away two years ago, and the skillz and recipe went with him…but I have to say, the texture of the sausage plus the smoking made ALL the difference in the world!

  75. Gaspar’s from new bedford,ma puts these to shame. largest portuguese population outside of the Azores or the homeland.
    p.s.how bow cherese, the spicy version of linguica?

  76. I appreciate your hard work which seemed all FUN to me! Love it! Yes, to me any sausage can’t go with out eggs on an ‘local islanders’ breakfast table. Mahalo!

  77. Here’s a recipe for Portuguese sausage clipped from a long-ago Honolulu Star Bulletin article. According to the article the recipe for Hilo Portuguese Sausage is from the “All Hawaiian Cook Book, E Ho`Olako Mau, Vol. II” by Tamar Luke Panee.

    I’ve never tried it to make it myself, but it could be a great fundraiser or Christmas gift.

    25 lbs. pork with fat
    1 c. Hawaiian salt
    2 tabl. prague powder (salt peter)
    1/2 c. vinegar
    16 cloves garlic
    34 Hawaiian chili peppers (for very hot, use less for milder taste)
    1/4 c. sherry
    1 tsp. paprika

    1 set beef or pork casing
    Ball of string

    Cut pork in very small cubes and place in large pan. Sprinkle with salt and prague powder. Wear gloves and mix well with hands. Puree in blender: vinegar, garlic cloves, and chili peppers. Pour over pork and mix well. Add sherry and paprika. Mix again. In 4 hours mix again and again in another 4 hours. Leave covered in a cool place overnight. Sausage preparation usually starts in the late afternoon. Before going to bed, stir by hand, mixing well.

    Next day test by frying a little and taste the fat to see if the mixture is seasoned to your taste. Adjust seasoning if necessary.

    Filling sausage casings:

    1. Flush water through casing. Cut out those parts with holes. Cut into desired lengths, about 24 to 28 inches.

    2. Pack sausage mix in casings. Tie one end with string, leave the other end open to fill. Fill casing only 3/4 full. When filling by hand, slit casing at open end 3 or 4 inches to hold with right hand, and use your left hand to fill. Then secure with string.

    3. Tie both ends to form a ring.

    4. Smoke sausages 6 hours over low heat

  78. the absolute best I have ever tasted (and I understand everyone has a personnel favorite) is fom Maui “Nokaoi” !!! Gone forever as it has gone out of business. Live in Chi IL and can not find a close second….yet!!

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