Puerto Rican Chorizo

Puerto Rican chorizo is a smoked, well-seasoned sausage having a nice red color due to addition of curing salt, annatto and paprika.
MeatsMetricUS
Pork shoulder or 70/30 lean/fat trimmings1000 g2.2 lb
Ingredients per 1000g (1 kg) of meat
Salt16 g3 tsp
Cure #12.5 g1/2 tsp
Pepper2.0 g1 tsp
Paprika, sweet4.0 g2 tsp
Cayenne pepper1.0 g1/2 tsp
Annatto, ground2.0 g1 tsp
Cumin2.0 g1 tsp
Oregano, rubbed6.0 g6 tsp
Garlic, smashed7.0 g2 cloves
Water30 ml2 Tbsp
Instructions
  1. Grind pork through 8 mm (3/8") plate.
  2. Mix/knead ground meat with salt, cure #1, and water until sticky. Add all remaining ingredients and mix well together.
  3. Stuff firmly into 36 mm hog casings forming 8” (20 cm) long links.
  4. Hang at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  5. Smoke at 48-60° C (120-140° F) for 60 minutes.
  6. Refrigerate. Cook before serving.

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