The Po-Man Himself
The Po-Man's smoker.
The Po-Man's vintage hand-cranked sausage stuffer that has been in
use for over a generation.
Inviting like a box of warm doughnuts. Only it is BOUDIN!
is what it is all about. I'm not sure how many of these places
are left (though we did find this one other
here); a small sausage kitchen set off from a residence in
the country. We just happened upon this spot and were lured
down the private dirt road by the sign pointing to the Po-Man's
Sausage Kitchen. He sells medium size boxes of jerky,
sausage, tasso, boudin, deer sausage, and the like from his own
private kitchen. Great, Great, Great. --- Go, give'm a
Location: "One Mile North of Hawk's
Restaurant" [Yes, that is the address on the
business cards.] If that doesn't mean anything to you, you should be
looking around Robert's Cove, Louisiana.
Price: $2.40 per lb. but he
sells the boudin only by the 5 lb box ($12).
Presentation: The Po-Man
keeps the boxes of frozen links in his freezer and there are three
sections of boudin inside the box.
nice and thin casing. So, depending upon how you prepare the
link, the casing can become nicely brittle or just right pliable.
Meat/Rice Ratio: More
meat than rice (if when you say meat you simply mean swine).
Texture: A smooth
texture with the swine finely ground along with the rice. Both
of them come together with a nice moistness.
Overall Flavor: Old
world flavor. Just as you would expect and, in many
respects,--I think--just as you would hope for from a place like the
Po-Man, he is making it the traditional way; the way your father or
your father's father enjoyed their boudin out in the country.
Good stuff with lots of soul.
Comments: I believe
all our carnivorous friends should do themselves a favor and head
out to try some of sausages and smoked meats being made out here.
He has a loyal customer base of locals and folks from Houston and
New Orleans too. It is a short drive from Lafayette, but the
reward is huge. Bring cash.
Hearty links and at a bargain price.
Nicely colored and flecked with spices.