I thought I might make a note of the wonderfulness that is Conecuh Sausage, in case some of you have seen it in the grocery store and haven't felt like giving it a try. It has a spicier flavor than your average smoked sausage, and also has a higher sugar quantity so that it will char into a crispy spicy thing to be loved in the frying pan. I don't know that it's available all over the south, but super Wal-Marts carry it in AR, TN and MS, and pretty much everyone carries it in AL. (Conecuh is named after the county in Alabama where it has been made for years and years, but has only been available in grocery stores recently.
They also make spice rubs, but those are harder to find and really not as tasty.
Give it a try, if you have the chance. Excellent in Red Beans & Rice, Jambalaya, on a bun, or next to a stack of pancakes.