The Best Sausage in South Louisiana Comes From a Tiny Town You May Not Have Heard Of

You will have to drive a little over an hour to get there but one tiny little town located west of New Orleans makes some of the best sausage in all of south Louisiana. That’s impressive because the sausage in south Louisiana is pretty dang good. But when we are making a gumbo I will make that drive and I usually pick up enough to get us through a couple of months. I get some for my MIL too!

So which tiny town am I talking about? None other than Laplace, Louisiana, population 32,000, and the andouille capital of the world. Now some will argue that there’s a difference between andouille and sausage and when you order that’s definitely true. When it comes to eating it, however, andouille functions just like any other kind of sausage. What makes it special is the the smoke flavor and the rougher construction of it’s ingredients. If you prefer the more homogeneous texture of sausage, no worries! The big andouille makers in Laplace also smoke their regular sausage so it’s just as tasty. Some people speculate that the large German population that settled in this area is responsible for this sausage’s unique qualities.

But where should you get it? Great question! Jacob’s Sausage was the first commercial purveyor of andouille in Laplace and they’ve been at it for about ninety years now. That’s where we always go for ours. We purchase andouille, tons of regular sausage, and hot sausage as well. The other well-known makers are Bailey’s and Wayne Jacobs. People do get loyal to their particular brand and will refuse to purchase from one of the others.

If you end up becoming a lover of all things andouille (or you already are) then you will have to make plans to visit the Andouille Festival which is held in October of each year in St. John parish. There you can try andouille cooked with so many different things! They have treats like andouille on nachos, andouille on baked potatoes, jerk andouille, and more! It’s a must-visit for an andouille lover–especially one with a big stomach! They also are known to have some pretty great bands so you should check it out even if you’re just a moderate andouille fan.

So the next time you’re in the mood for a little road trip, consider a jaunt to the a place where they make the best andouille in south Louisiana and maybe the world.

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13 Comments on "The Best Sausage in South Louisiana Comes From a Tiny Town You May Not Have Heard Of"

  1. I stop there on my way to MSY each time I visit my family. Stock up until the next visit!

  2. For those who have never seen real andouille, you may think it looks ugly. Rest assured, it’s great tasting. It has all sorts of uses, and Jacob’s has everything you need to make scrumptious dishes. Cut slices, dip in BBQ sauce and eat. So many uses. Once you try it, you’re hooked. AND this is the REAL andouille. Have known the Jacob’s all my life–wonderful people, great service at this little store.

  3. My favorite place to get Andouille, have been going here for years. They also have a variety of other smoked meats, hogs head cheese and boudin!

  4. My wife’s grandparents started Jacob’s andouille.

  5. the baileys is the Jacob recipe it was acquired in a bad business deal it went as far as a legal battel over the sausage man just as good is dons in reserve on central

  6. Brenda Olavarrieta | February 28, 2020 at 5:47 pm | Reply

    I never make my gumbo with anything else other than real andouille from Laplace. I’m just picky that way. I also put it in red beans, jambalayas too if I have it on hand, but I never make a gumbo without my trip to Laplace. That’s a no-brainer. Anything else makes a gumbo tastes bland….. so that means I don’t eat gumbo out unless I know there is andouille in it, which is not usually done so that means I never eat gumbo out.

  7. Need some sausage, a couple friends from there ,can you send information

    • From their website:

      For your convience, we have four easy ways you can order your favorite smoked products from us:

      By Phone: Call us toll free at 1-877-215-7589
      By Fax: On a sheet of paper, write down your name, address – including ZIP code, phone number, credit card info. and what you want to order. Fax us your order at 1-985-652-9022.
      By E-mail: Type in the necessary information including your name, address – including ZIP code, phone number, credit card info., and what you want to order in an E-mail message and send it to Original@JacobsAndouille.com.
      By Online Form: Click on the link to the ORDER FORM, type in all the required information, then hit submit.
      We will contact you by phone to verify your order, give you a total including the shipping cost, and get your credit card information. (We need your ZIP code to get a shipping cost.) If you do not receive a call within 3 days, please call our toll free number to verify we have received your order and are filling it for you.
      ORDER FORM

      Please note that smoked items are vaccuumed pack and shipped via 2 day mail. Other items may have to be overnighted, and will have higher shipping costs. For example boudin and hog head cheese have to be keep cold and would be overnighted.

      NOTE ON SHIPPING COSTS: Here at Jacob’s Andouille, we do NOT have any surcharge for shipping! All shipping cost that you incur are to cover the charges from the shipping companies only, we do NOT make any money on the shipping. Please ask for verification of your shipping costs when you order.
      Thanks,
      Managenment

  8. Hello I would like to get some andouille shipped to me can you please tell me what I need to do to get some andouille shipped to me. Thanks Lester Prichard

    • From their website:

      For your convience, we have four easy ways you can order your favorite smoked products from us:

      By Phone: Call us toll free at 1-877-215-7589
      By Fax: On a sheet of paper, write down your name, address – including ZIP code, phone number, credit card info. and what you want to order. Fax us your order at 1-985-652-9022.
      By E-mail: Type in the necessary information including your name, address – including ZIP code, phone number, credit card info., and what you want to order in an E-mail message and send it to Original@JacobsAndouille.com.
      By Online Form: Click on the link to the ORDER FORM, type in all the required information, then hit submit.
      We will contact you by phone to verify your order, give you a total including the shipping cost, and get your credit card information. (We need your ZIP code to get a shipping cost.) If you do not receive a call within 3 days, please call our toll free number to verify we have received your order and are filling it for you.
      ORDER FORM

      Please note that smoked items are vaccuumed pack and shipped via 2 day mail. Other items may have to be overnighted, and will have higher shipping costs. For example boudin and hog head cheese have to be keep cold and would be overnighted.

      NOTE ON SHIPPING COSTS: Here at Jacob’s Andouille, we do NOT have any surcharge for shipping! All shipping cost that you incur are to cover the charges from the shipping companies only, we do NOT make any money on the shipping. Please ask for verification of your shipping costs when you order.
      Thanks,
      Managenment

  9. Jacob’s will also ship all over the countrty, not sure about the others, I never asked.
    Also, it would have been nice to mention that Jacob’s and Bailey’s are basically right next to each other.

  10. Don’s on Central Avenue is the best ever…………

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