The Spiciest, Snappiest, Best Andouille Sausage You Can Buy Outside of Louisiana

The best andouille sausage is spicy, snappy, and meaty. It belongs in gumbo, jambalaya, or even on an amped-up breakfast plate. Luckily, there are some really great options nationwide at the grocery store. You don’t have to live in Louisiana to get great andouille.

Whether you just like spicy sausage or you want to throw a killer Mardi Gras party, there is an andouille for you. We sampled all the commonly available grocery store andouille options, and these are the absolute best andouille sausages on the market.

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Best Chicken

Bilinksi’s Organic Chicken Andouille Sausage

Let me be upfront: Bilinski’s Chicken Andouille Sausage doesn’t have the snap of other andouilles. That’s because it doesn’t have a casing. Every other chicken andouille sausage on the market has a pork casing. It gives them a nice snap, but it completely defeats the purpose to me. If you eat pork, just eat pork andouille. Chicken andouille is for people who don’t eat pork, so it doesn’t make sense for it to have a pork casing. Not only is Bilinski’s the only pork-less option, it tastes delicious! It has a nice spice and great texture. It’s by far the best chicken andouille sausage we tried.

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Best Spicy

Private Selection Naturally Hardwood Smoked Andouille Sausage

I’m just as surprised as you are that Private Selection (aka Kroger brand) makes the spiciest andouille out there, but it’s true! This andouille sausage is nice and spicy. As a spice lover, I would definitely buy this and cook with it. I wanted to cube this up and toss it into a scramble with some green bell pepper, white onion, and jack cheese. It would also be great in more traditional preparations, like gumbo. Be prepared, though. It has a real kick!

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Best of the Best

Hillshire Farms Cajun Style Andouille Smoked Sausage

I literally do not ever think about Hillshire Farms and I am quickly learning that that is a mistake. Their meat products are good and their andouille is no exception. Hillshire Farms has the best andouille sausage that you can buy at the grocery store outside of New Orleans. It’s heavily seasoned, making it perfect for a dish like red beans and rice. It’s a little fatty, but not too fatty. It’s spiced without being super spicy. I think anyone and everyone would like this andouille sausage.

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Other Products We Tried: Aidells, Good & Gather (Chicken), Johnsonville

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Jordan Myrick

Jordan is an L.A.-based writer and comedian who believes all food should come with extra sauce. When they're not writing for Sporked, Jordan is at the movies or sharing an order of french fries with their elderly chihuahua.

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  • You absolutely need to try the Holmes Smokehouse Pecan Andouille sausage. Deep and full smoke flavor with balanced heat. My wife doesn’t do ANYTHING when it comes to New Orleans or Cajun cooking. Unless I use this sausage with my jambalaya.