Aalrauchmettwurst (Eel Mettwurst Smoked Sausage)

Aalrauchmettwurst is a German fermented sliceable sausage. This medium grind heavily smoked mettwurst sausage is made of fatty pork or pork with some beef. The word "aal" signifies "eel" in German, however, no eel (fish) is added. The sausage derives its name from the fact that it was smoked with eels together over beech wood. The sausage usually has a slender, elongated shape of an eel. Manufacturers often paint in white the facial features of an eel which are printed on the black sausage casing.

MeatsMetricUS
Lean pork600 g1.32 lb
Back fat or hard fat trimmings250 g0.55 lb
Beef150 g0.33 lb
Ingredients per 1000g (1 kg) of meat
Salt28 g4.5 tsp
Cure #12.5 g1/2 tsp
Dextrose2.0 g1/2 tsp
Sugar2.0 g1/2 tsp
Pepper, ground2.0 g1 tsp
Paprika0.5 g1/4 tsp
Cumin0.5 g1/4 tsp
Mustard seeds, ground0.5 g1/4 tsp
T-SPX culture0.12 guse scale
Instructions
  1. Grind pork through 6 mm (1/4") plate.
  2. Dice partially frozen fat into 6 mm (1/4") cubes.
  3. Grind beef through 3 mm (1/8") plate.
  4. Mix pork, beef, salt, cure #1 and starter culture together. Add remaining ingredients, diced fat and mix again.
  5. Stuff into 36 mm pork casings forming 40 cm (16") links.
  6. Ferment at 20º C (68º F), 90 → 80% humidity for 3 days.
  7. Cold smoke at 18º C (64º F) for 24 hours.
  8. Dry at 15→12º C (58 → 53º F), 80-75% humidity for 3 weeks - until the sausage looses 33% of its original weight.
  9. Store at 10-12º C (50-53º F), <75% humidity.
Notes
Eat cold as a snack or with bread. Mustard, horseradish or cucumber pickle go well with it.
Beef is added at 15-20%. The sausage can be made from pork only.

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