Into the Meat Grinder

I did my first attempt at making pork sausage this past week with the help of my good friend, Rob. Rob has been making sausage since he was a kid with his dad and grandfather. So with his grandfather’s recipe in hand we settled on a day that we both had some time after work.

I have to come clean early here, I was pretty much just a second pair of hands in this whole process. Rob had all the equipment, pans, grinder, knives, spices, cutting board, bought the meat, and we used his kitchen. I just showed up and brought my vacuum sealer.

What we started out with was 4 pork shoulders with the bone in. I think it was around 37 lbs total, pre bone removal. The meat was purchased fresh and frozen over night, then thawed half a day. Why do I mention this? it is easier to cut the meat from the bone if the flesh is partially frozen.

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Bones removed from the 4 shoulders

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I cut the meat down into smaller pieces. This made it easier to run through the grinder

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Grinding the easy way with an electric unit.

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This is where we added the spices and mixed them in by hand. The meat was still very cold at this point. I was losing feeling on my fingers as I was squishing the meat through my hands to mix the spices in and evenly.

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1 and 2 lbs. portions ready to be vacuum sealed.

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Taste test!

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In the end it took us about 3 hours to cut, grind, mix, portion, and bag the end product. We did all bulk due to our time constraint and used no casings.

I don’t know the “recipe” so I cannot share it with you here but I can tell you the sausage is very tasty! When all was said and done. Rob and I split 34 lbs of sausage and it came out to $1.70 a lbs.  Not a bad deal for just a bit of elbow grease. I month or so ago we split a side of beef and the sausage now we have enough meat till this spring, hopefully.

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