Spanish Chorizo - Traditional

This is a traditional recipe for pure Spanish chorizo. Spanish chorizo is a dry sausage made from pork, pimentón, oregano and garlic. Pork is coarsely chopped and seasoned with oregano, garlic and its crucial ingredient the pimentón paprika which gives the sausage its deep red color.
Lean pork, ham or butt750 g1.65 lb
Back fat or hard fat trimmings250 g0.55 lb
Ingredients per 1000g (1 kg) of meat
Salt25 g4 tsp.
Cure #22.5 g1/2 tsp
Pimentón, sweet28 g5 Tbsp
Pimentón, hot5.0 g1 Tbsp
Oregano, ground2.0 g1 tsp
Garlic, diced3.5 g1 clove
  1. Grind meat and fat through 8 mm (3/8") plate.
  2. Mix all ingredients with meat. Hold in refrigerator for 24 hours.
  3. Stuff firmly into 32-36 mm hog casings, form 6” long links.
  4. Ferment/dry at 22-24º C (72-75º F) for 48 hours, 90-85% humidity. A thin smoke at 22-24º C (72-75º F) can be applied during this step.
  5. Dry for 6-8 weeks at 16-12º C (60-54º F), gradually decreasing humidity from 85 to 75%.
  6. Store sausages at 10-12º C (50-53º F), <75% humidity or refrigerate.
In the past chorizo was made without cure (#2 or #1) as most people were not aware of them.

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