Trader Joe\’s Spices it Up With Cajun-style Hot Links

\"\"Hot dogs are delicious culinary staples in all number of settings: at baseball games, barbecues, picnics, parties… But sometimes, you might want variety. Trader Joe’s has introduced Cajun-style Uncured Pork & Beef Hot Link Sausages.

Made by master sausage makers in California, these Cajun-style Hot Links are actually quite hot. A blend of ground pork and beef is seasoned with sugar, paprika, chile peppers, black pepper, and other tasty spices. The sausages are formed and slowly smoked over hickory hardwood until done to perfection. These have no casings and no nitrates or nitrites added (except those naturally occurring in celery powder and sea salt). They’re hot, smoky, flavorful, and an exceptional choice the next time you’re looking to spice up a meal.

The Hot Link Sausages are also fully cooked—simply heat and enjoy. Serve on a bun with sautéed peppers and onions for a true Cajun hot link experience. Cut up and fry with potatoes, onions, peppers, and eggs for a spicy morning hash. They’re also a perfect addition to pastas or gumbos.

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Christopher Durham is the president of My Private Brand and the co-founder of The Vertex Awards. He is a strategist, author, consultant and retailer who built brands at Delhaize-owned Food Lion, and lead strategy and brand development for Lowe’s Home Improvement. He has consulted with retailers around the world on their private brand portfolios including: Family Dollar, Petco, Staples, Office Depot, Best Buy, Metro (Canada), TLW (Taiwan) and Hola (Taiwan). Durham has published five definitive books on private brands, including his first book, Fifty2: The My Private Brand Project. In 2017, he will debut his newest book, Vanguard: Vintage Originals, a visual tour of innovation and disruption in private brand going back to the mid-1800’s. Dynamic in his presentation while down to earth and frank in his opinions, he has presented at numerous conferences, including FUSE, The Dieline Conference, Packaging that Sells, Omnishopper and PLMA’a annual trade show in Chicago. Durham lives in Charlotte, NC with his wife, Laraine, and two daughters, Olivia and Sarah.