Whether you’re watching the big game or in the mood for some smoked meat, the best way to enjoy it is with a fresh, in-house smoked sausage. These seven places are making their own sausage for you try or bring home and cook on your own.
By Jacob Threadgill with provided and Gazette/file photos
421 NW 10th St.
fasslerhall.com | 609-3300
When it comes to housemade sausage in Oklahoma City, no one can beat Fassler Hall. The German beer hall offers a bevy of options: everything from traditional bratwurst to cheddarwurst, hot dogs, jalapeño cheddar, habanero chicken, lamb and hunter with smoked venison, buffalo and pork. If you can’t choose, get the sausage sampler for $14 with three varieties of sausage and a side of housemade sauerkraut and mustard.
Sean Cummings’ Irish Restaurant
7628 N. May Ave.
seancummings-ok.com | 405-841-7326
Pudding isn’t always a dessert. The Irish breakfast served at Oklahoma City’s only true Irish pub includes both black and white housemade pudding, which is sausage. The white variety is traditional beef while the black pudding is Irish blood sausage that is served with rashers (sliced pork loin), Irish pork link sausage, tomato and two eggs.
Empire Slice House
1804 NW 16th St.
empireslicehouse.com | 405-557-1760
Empire makes its own Italian sausage that is showcased along with an entire pig (OK, maybe not literally, but close) on the Notorious P.I.G. You can also enjoy it on Empire’s version of a supreme pizza, Teflon Don, but the true vehicle by which to enjoy the fennel-flecked goodness of the Italian sausage is the Fat Tony pizza, which includes ricotta and red onion as complements to let the sausage shine.
The Smoking Boar
2925 W. Britton Road
smokingboar.com | 405-242-6050
This newest barbecue spot is creating waves with its nontraditional offerings like smoked salmon and a watermelon salad, but that ethos also extends to its sausage-of-the-day program. The housemade sausage program turns out everything including Mediterranean, chipotle pork and sausage with blue cheese. The Smoking Boar also makes its own country sausage while stocking Schwab Meat Co.’s hot links.
Bill Kamp’s Meat Market
7310 N. Western Ave.
billkampsmeatmarket.com | 405-843-2455
There’s a good chance the sausage you buy at Bill Kamp’s Meat Market is made by hand by the owner himself, who is following his family’s more than century-long tradition as meat purveyors in the city. It sells a variety of sausage that includes top-seller Andouille, bratwurst, breakfast, hot links and Italian. From an in-house smoker, it also smokes Schwab’s bologna that gets a ring of a bell every time it is ordered.
Stella Modern Italian Cuisine
1201 N. Walker Ave.
stella-okc.com | 405-235-2200
You can get a brick-oven pizza with housemade Italian sausage and a bunch of other meats at Stella, but the real sausage star is the restaurant’s pasta dish. It combines sautéed mushrooms, arugula, shaved fennel and a white wine-garlic butter sauce with campanelle pasta for a dish that is rich and savory and will fill you up.
Deckle Smokehouse BBQ
324 W. Edmond Road
decklesmokehousebbq.com | 405-430-7649
Deckle is one of the most inventive smokehouses in the region. Owner Andrew Liu loves to create new flavor combinations, and that is evident by the variety of housemade sausage on the menu. The German sausage comes from one of his trips to Germany, and the menu also includes jalapeño cheese, spicy Italian and Andouille chicken sausage.