Halberstädter Würstchen

Halberstädter Würstchen is a German sausage with a long tradition. Production of ‘Halberstädter Würstchen’ takes place around the town of Halberstadt. The products have a 100 year-old tradition and their good reputation was established by the company Friedrich Heine and its successors, which produced only in the area of the town of Halberstadt. A traditional chimney smokehouse with an under floor smoldering fire pit is the requirement for the manufacture of the Halberstädter Würstchen. The chimney smoking plant is made of masonry fire stone which has the important characteristic of absorbing the negative constituents of the smoke through the inner wall of the plant, thereby preventing these constituents from reaching the sausage and enabling only the taste-forming substances to develop on the inside and outside of the sausage. The smoking is performed with beech wood at 60-75° C (140-166° F), however, occasional spikes of temperature from 85-110° C (185-230° F) can be expected. Halberstädter Würstchen carries PGI, 2010 classification.

Pork500 g1.10 lb
Beef or/and veal250 g0.55 lb
Back fat or hard fat trimmings250 g0.55 lb
Ingredients per 1000g (1 kg) of meat
Salt18 g3 tsp
Cure #12.51/2 tsp
Pepper2.0 g1 tsp
Mace0.5 g1/2 tsp
Nutmeg0.5 g1/2 tsp
Caraway, ground0.5 g1/4 tsp
Ginger0.3 g1/8 tsp
Water120 ml4 oz fl
  1. Grind pork through 6 mm (1/4”) plate.
  2. Grind fat through 6 mm (1/4”) plate.
  3. Grind beef/veal through 3 mm (1/8") plate.
  4. Mix/knead beef, pork, salt, Cure#1 until sticky. Gradually add water when mixing. Add spices and fat and mix all together.
  5. Stuff firmly into 26 mm sheep casing forming 8” (20 cm) long links. Hold for 30 minutes at room temperature.
  6. Apply hot smoke at 60-75° C (140-167° F) for 40-50 minutes.
  7. Cook in hot water at 75° C (167° F) for 20 minutes.
Halberstädter Würstchen were produced for the first time on 23 November 1883 by the Halberstadt master butcher Friedrich Heine. Sausages with diameter over 27 mm must be stuffed into pork casings.

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