When we had our hot dog stand in Arizona, we used John Morrell Smoked Sausage and hot Smoked Sausage, which we purchased in a three-pound, 16-pack. The sausages were 1/4 lb a piece, and we served them on a French Roll. It was good to advertise a quarter pound sausage on a French Roll. We have been buying the John Morrell sausages since, and it got to where the only place we could find them was a business called Cash and Carry in Olympia, WA. C&C is basically a restaurant supply house, and we were thrilled they carried the sausages, as the stores had gone to carrying a two-pack of long smoked sausages.
Our son stopped at C&C the other day to pick us up a couple of packages of sausages, and was informed that C&C no longer carried the Morrell sausages. He finally found John Morrell Smoked Sausages at an IGA store in Rochester, WA, for better than $6.00 per package. There were still 16 sausages in the package, but they were the same size as regular hot dogs.
In addition to that, they had very little of the taste we had grown to love. We have never been fans of Bar-S Smoked Sausage, as it is greasy and has an off taste. I have noticed Bar-S has gone to a 2.5 lb package. Crystal contacted John Morrell and was told that people had requested the sausages be made smaller to fit on a hot dog bun. Horse puckey! They listened to a few vocal malcontents and never consulted the loyal customers of their products. It is my experience that those unhappy often complain while the people who are happy don't say much.
John Morrell has given up the claim of the best smoked sausage, and should we ever start a new hot doggery, John Morrell will be conspicuous by its absence. Email John Morrell and let your voices be heard. This is a travesty. In all fairness, John Morrell has made arrangements for Shoppin' Kart in Chehalis to carry the Smoked Sausages, but I really don't see us purchasing any.