Meyers Elgin Sausage and Southside Market are the two sausage makers in Elgin, pronounced “El Gun” by the locals, that I was told I had to visit. We stopped in Elgin first as it is just 30 minutes from the airport on the new toll road with an 80 MPH Speed limit. (Nice!) The agenda here was sausage and Gregg Meyer of Meyers was kind enough to say hello to us and we had a nice conversation with him. The history of Meyers is that it is a german original recipe going back to the 1800′s, so it is as about as classic as you can get!
Meyers is a sausage shop and a BBQ restaurant rolled into one simple facility, you can buy the sausage, rubs and sauce in bulk in the store and then head over to the the chow line for some BBQ. This being our first stop, we started with Brisket, their classic beef sausage and a few links of their pork sausage as well.
Gregg Meyer told me that he is in charge of R&D and the very respectable brisket and ribs were an add on to his original family recipe of sausages. The beef sausage was very flavorful, some of the best sausage we tasted on the trip and the pork garlic sausage was also fantastic. The neat thing about Meyer’s is that although they produce in mass quantities, they have kept the original recipe’s the same and do not use any extenders, just fresh product, you can surely taste it! They have a chorizo based sausage as well which will soon be on a plane up to Chicago for our next party!
Next stop was Southside Marketis on the other side of town, just down the road from Meyers and is also another Elgin classic, when we placed our “light” order, they spotted us and knew we wet just down the road. Staff here was really friendly and after we got our brisket, beef sausage and jalapeño cheddar sausage, “Pony” came out and served us up a sliced pork steak which just stole the show. Very flavorful, tender and delicious. The rest was great as well, very happy that stopped there and checked it out.
Line of the day was when we told people we were headed to Franklin BBQ the next day, everyone said that Aaron does an amazing job but one fine Texan exclaimed, “It’s good and all, but I wouldn’t wait in line for three hours to see the Pope!” I probably wouldn’t wait in line to see the Pope either, the Grateful Dead and BBQ, well if it is that good, you bet I will wait on line for it, no shame there, tomorrow we go to Franklin Barbecue!