How to Make Homemade Chorizo - Recipe
How to Make Chorizo
Learn how to make Chorizo with Walton's and Meatgistics. Read the guide, and then post your questions or comments below.
What Is Chorizo?
There are two main types of Chorizo, Mexican or Spanish. Both are made from ground pork and can be sweet or spicy, the Spanish version is usually dry-cured where the Mexican is usually either fresh. Chorizo can be made from leaner portions of pork all the way to 50/50 fat to lean ratio. The seasonings will normally give you a finished product that is reddish in color. Our version will be a Mexican style and made from Untrimmed Pork Butts. An important addition to the Mexican Chorizo is vinegar, you should aim for a 50-grain vinegar.
25 lb of 70/30 Beef Trim or 25 lb of Untrimmed Pork Butts or 18 lb Venison and 7 lb. Pork Fat
Grind all of your meat twice through a 3/16th inch plate. Make sure your plates and knives are sharp and lubricated before grinding to give you a nice clean cut and to prevent any smearing. You can also remove your grinder head assembly and let is sit in the freezer overnight before grinding to get it as cold as possible.
We do not need protein extraction since we are not smoking this, so just mix in your seasoning and vinegar into the meat and mix until all seasoning is dissolved.
You can stuff your sausage into either 32-35mm Hog Casings or Collagen Casings. If you are using natural hog casings make sure you soak and flush them first. Avoid creating air pockets when you load your sausage stuffer, a good way to do this is to load your first level at an angle so the meat covers the bottom and then slopes slightly from one side to the other, add the next layer and leave an angle sloped in the opposite direction, make sure you are packing it down between loads. Stuff casings until they are smooth and full and then twist into links or cut into desired lengths
Stuffing Into Meat Bags
Use your largest stuffing tube to make this as easy as possible. Place the bag over of the stuffing tube and fill to the desired amount. Close bag with a Meat Bag Tape Machine or Hog Ring Pliers.
Making a Mexican Chorizo is really not much harder than making any other Fresh Sausage or Bratwurst, you just need to use the correct vinegar and seasoning.
- If you cannot find something listed as 50 grain then look for one with an acidity between 5-10%.
- Make sure you lubricate your plates and knives with White Oil before you start your grinder
- Since most often Mexican Chorizo is going to be used in its ground form stuffing it into meat bags might be the better idea with this one. However, it is also delicious if enjoyed as a regular sausage in a casing.
You can make leaner Chorizo, it will not have as strong of a taste but is still delicious
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Last night I went through the cleaning procedure and I couldn’t be happier with the ease of the process. Remove grates, scrape the heat shield with a metal spatula and vacuum the ashes and debris underneath. It only took a few minutes and there was an astonishingly small amount of ash. After two weeks of almost daily grilling and going through 20 lbs or more of pellets the total accumulation was around one cup of ash. The pellets burn so efficiently that there is little to no residual.
@Jonathon I have used them many times and I’ve always noticed a distinct cedar character although that depends on the temps you are cooking at. To get the most of it I will soak in water for a bit and cook over pretty high temps…the wood should scorch and smolder a little bit. I’ve had a few catch on fire. lol.
When it came to cooking on the Pit Boss I wanted as low and slow as I could get away with. Due to the the size of the fish I figured the cedar would shield against any hot spots I might have and slow down the cooking process as much as possible. I doubt there was much if any of the cedar that was picked up by the salmon although I didn’t eat much of the side that was resting on the plank. The pellets I was using were apple.
@Joe-Hell Do you often cook on planks? I have tried it a time or two and never noticed a difference. Is it only supposed to be used for heat shielding?