Red Rose Sausage

You’ll find imitation smoked sausages in supermarkets all across the Lower South, but in Mississippi our signature brand is Red Rose, originally produced by the Jackson Packing Company, which from 1945 to 1990 sold processed meats from their plant on South Gallatin Street. Red Rose was marketed under the company’s flagship “Magnolia” brand, which was purchased by Polk’s Meat Products in Magee (“Picky People Pick Polk’s”).

Sold in ropes most often found in the freezer section, Red Rose at home is usually sliced into sections, fried or grilled and served with beans or potatoes. Two landmark restaurants in Jackson, the Beatty Street Grocery and the Big Apple Inn on Farish, feature Red Rose in sandwiches. You’re certain to find many people who consider imitation smoked sausage a culinary/nutritional atrocity, but the Polk’s company gets mail orders from all over the country sent by people who grew up in Mississippi and remember their mothers serving Red Rose on the table, knowing it would make everyone happy.

10 Replies to “Red Rose Sausage”

  1. When it was announced they were going out of business, John Russell (Merchants Company) called me and we went out and bought all we could. We also bought some boxes that had been made especially for Al’s Half Shell on highway 80 for their red beans and rice.

  2. Hello I brought some red rose saugeages at the market in Cincinnati Ohio I didn’t know how to cook them thanks for the information on how I should cook them !

  3. First i would like to say ive eaten ur product all my life n im 53 yrs old. I would like to thk u from a small town in ms called crawford for proving so many wonderful memories. But every since 2000 ur product has been a little disappointing because of such a small size n at one point it didnt have that original taste. Please go back to the good old days. Yall have feed families for all meals of the day u have a great product that means so much to not only myself but so many others thk u

  4. Pig ears from Big Apple are more recognizable than the ingredients on that sausage!
    But I loves me some Red Rose sausage sandwich from Beatty Street Grocery!

  5. I was born and raised in Canton Mississippi, me and my sisters and brothers grow up enough the great taste of the original red rose smoke sausage. My mom had a hard time keeping them in the house. Now I lives in the state of Indiana and they do have them here, but how yawning for their tastes often. The needed places to get it is Wisconsin and that’s a drive. I wish there was someplace closer. Please find a way to get them to South Bend, In. Or if there was a way I can order them.

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