A Portland-Style Labor Day Sausage Fest
Sure, you could tackle a daring dry-rub rib recipe or get down on some Bunk-style beer-can chicken, but if grilling up some ready-made single-serving meats would make your Labor Day a bit more relaxing, we totally understand. Here are some of our favorite places to stock up on ready-to-cook sausages for a very meaty holiday meal. Don't forget the mustard!
Olympic Provisions: Add plenty of pig to your Labor Day soirée with OP's foot-long smoked pork frankfurters, all-pork bratwurst with hints of nutmeg and ginger, or käsekrainer (plump pork sausages studded with Emmenthaler cheese and smoked over applewood). Pick up enough for your whole brood at either Olympic Provisions location, 1632 NW Thurman St or 107 SE Washington.
Feastworks: Ethan and Ashley Bisagna's new brick-and-mortar delicatessen in Sellwood offers plenty of meats by the pound, including Basque-style chistorra sausages, knackwurst, and pecorino and parsley sausage pinwheels, in addition to vegetable platters and charcuterie plates available to go. 1325 SE Tacoma St
Chop: Catch these farmers market favorites at the PSU Saturday market and their butcher counter inside City Market at 735 NW 21st Avenue for NY Italian style sausage, lamb merguez, boudin noir and blanc, chorizo, French styles, smoked boar kielbasa, chicken and fig, andouille, hot dogs, and more.
Tails & Trotters: Head in to T&T's hazelnut-fed pork deli at 525 NE 24th Avenue for bratwursts, sage-infused British style country sausage, chorizo, sweet or spicy Italian, Sardinian with chile pepper and a hint of North African spices, or toulouse, a French garlic sausage with white pepper and nutmeg.
Sheridan Fruit Company: This SE MLK staple boasts a long deli case filled with up to 60 kinds of adventurous links, from chorizo verde and bacon apple to Kung Pao Chicken and aligator (really), making it a true sausage lover's mecca. You've gotta try the jackalope—jackrabbit and antelope sausage—just to say you did. 409 SE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Otto's Sausage Kitchen: This old-school Woodstock neighborhood destination stocks handcrafted sausage like alder-smoked bacon, bockwurst, cajun andouille, pork and beef hunter sausage, and smoked pork links. Try the signature grill packs for an assortment of sausages in case you have trouble making up your mind. 4138 SE Woodstock Blvd
Old Country Sausage: Truck on out to Sandy and 106th to load up on German-style weisswurst and bratwurst, Hungarian and Polish sausages, plus deli sides like German potato salad, sauerkraut, and housemade jerky. Need another reason to check it out? The surrounding Parkrose neighborhood has one of the largest German populations in Portland, and this authentic deli is where they get their meat. Go forth and wurst, friends. 10634 NE Sandy Blvd
Cason's Fine Meats: This 3-year-old Kenton neighborhood stand-by is ready to outfit your grill with a small-but-mighty selection of house sausages and hot dogs. You should also grab a rack of house-smoked barbecue ribs for a worthy accompaniment to your sausage platter. LC. 8238 N Denver Ave
Gartner's Country Meat Market: Family-owned and operated since 1959, this German-style butcher shop offers one of the region’s largest selections of smoked and fresh sausages, including cheese and onion knackwurst, jalapeño beer sausage, frankfurters, apple cinnamon pork links, polish rings, and housemade wieners. 7450 NE Killingsworth St
Now it's your turn: where do you load up for a Northwest sausage fest?