This recipe is for chorizo in the Spanish style, dried and cured. The signature chorizo color comes from paprika in this case, but in Mexican Chorizo, it’s more from chilies.

Ingredients

1 kg Pork Butt

½ kg Beef (I used some extra chuck scrap I had)

38g Kosher salt

15g Garlic, minced

5g Cure No. 2

5g White sugar

5g Brown sugar

3g Oregano

30g Paprika

7.5g Chili powder

1g MondoStart Culture

100mL Dry white wine (I used Chardonnay)

Hog Casing

Bradley Flavour Bisquettes – Oak

Directions

  1. Cube pork and beef.
  2. Combine with all seasoning, spices, culture and Cure No. 2 together.
  3. Marinate overnight.
  4. Transfer to freezer, until just barely frozen.
  5. Soak hog casing in fresh water for 30 minutes and flush with water.
  6. Grind meat with coarse grade.
  7. Mix thoroughly with white wine until well incorporated.
  8. Stuff casing and twist into links
  9. Sterilize a needle and poke any air holes. Prick evenly to facilitate drying.
  10. Weigh out Chorizo and note original weight.
  11. Ferment chorizo at 65-75°F in 90% relative humidity for 48 hours.
  12. Cold smoke chorizo for 4 hours with Oak bisquettes.
  13. Dry Chorizo at 50–60°F and 80-85% relative humidity for first week, then 75% humidity for the final week.
  14. Dry until 35-50% of the original weight is lost, should take approximately 2 weeks to dry.