Smoked country sausage

Yield: 6 servings

Measure Ingredient
3½ pounds Lean pork, cut into 2" cubes
2 pounds Solid pork fat, cut into 2" cubes
2½ tablespoon Rubbed sage or more to taste
4 tablespoons Rubbed sage or more to taste
4 tablespoons Sweet paprika
2 teaspoons Finely ground or cracked black pepper
12 Dried hot red pepper pods or 1 T dried red pepper flakes
Salt to taste, if desired
10 To 12 feet of sausage casings

makes 6 to 8 sausage rings, weighing ¾ to 1 lb each Put the pork and pork fat into a large mixing bowl and add the sage, paprika and salt.

If preground black pepper is used add it. Otherwise grind the pepper using a peppermill.

If red pepper flakes being used add them. Otherwise grind the pods.

Mix well with hands, cover and let stand in refrigerator overnight Put the mixture through a meat grinder fitted with the largest blade..

Remove all the meat left in the grinder and clean grinder blade.

Return the blade to the grinder and fit it along with the special sausage attachment, to the mouth of the grinder. Slide 1 prepared sausage casing onto the attachment and tie the end. Grind the meat, holding the casing to permit free entry of the filling into the casing. When about 16 inches of casing have been filled, pinch the casing at the end of the sausage attachment. Pull it out to leave about 4 inches of empty casing at that end. Tie that end. Tie both ends of the sausage together. Set aside. Continue making sausages in this manner until all the stuffing has been used.

Hang the sausages in a smoker and smoke according to manufacturer's instructions.

Taken from : Craig Claiborne's Southern Cooking FROM: Ralph Puccini, Jul-18-90 10:40am

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