Cajun Food in San Diego: Discussing the Origins of Andouille Sausage

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If you’re a fan of Cajun food, you’ve probably enjoyed andouille sausage plenty of times. It’s a key part of many beloved Cajun and Creole dishes, but are you familiar with the history behind this delicious dish? Andouille sausage is one of many Cajun favorites available on our menu, so if you’re looking for Cajun food in San Diego, look no further, and keep reading to learn more about andouille sausage!

Origins of Andouille Sausage

Andouille sausage, pronounced ahn-DOO-ee, is believed to have originated in either France or Germany. Regardless of which country it originally came from, andouille sausage has become a pillar of Cajun cuisine and is a key ingredient of dishes like gumbo and jambalaya. Cajun cuisine and culture can be traced back to the Acadians, who immigrated to Canada from France and eventually made their way to South Louisiana in the late 1700s.

How Andouille is Made

Andouille sausage is set apart from normal sausage in its flavor and texture. In addition to this, while the typical sausage is filled with minced meat, andouille is filled with chopped or sliced meat, which creates a chunkier texture.

In the French tradition, andouille sausage is made using a pig’s entire digestive tract. The filling of the sausage is made of the pig’s stomach and small intestines, which are chopped or sliced into strips, then combined with onions and seasoning. This is all then encased in the pig’s large intestine. Because this creates a fairly large sausage, andouille is usually poached rather than smoked but is sometimes grilled.

However, in the US, andouille sausage is made with pork butt, which is the pig’s upper shoulder. This cut is also known as Boston butt. Cajun andouille sausage also tends to be very spiced and is typically prepared with two rounds of smoking. These two rounds include smoking the meat that will be used as the filling and smoking the sausages once they are encased and finished.

Cajun Food in San Diego at Felix’s BBQ With Soul

You can find andouille sausage on our menu in our Louisiana Cajun Pasta, Hot Link Sausage Andouille, our Grilled Smoky Cajun Hot Links from our Lunch Box Specials, Andouille Sausage Po-Boy sandwich, and Jambalaya.

When you’re looking for authentic cajun food in San Diego County and Lake Elsinore, visit any of our four locations. At Felix’s BBQ With Soul, our goal isn’t just to provide our guests with great food, but with the Southern hospitality that should go along with Southern food as well. When you step into any of our locations, our goal is to make sure you feel just as comfortable and welcome as you would at home.

Visit us today! You can even order ahead of time online. We hope we’ll see you soon!