Rookworst is a popular Dutch smoked sausage made of pork or pork and beef or veal and smoked with beech wood. It can be smoked and refrigerated (it must be cooked before serving) or it can be smoked and cooked making it ready to eat at any time. This is a smoked, raw version of the sausage. A fresh Rookworst contains enough salt to become a dry salami type sausage if given enough time to dry.

Beef400 g0.88 lb
Pork jowls300 g0.66 lb
Pork belly300 g0.66 lb
Ingredients per 1000g (1 kg) of meat
Salt28 g5 tsp
Cure #12.5 g1/2 tsp
Dextrose3.0 g1/2 tsp
Sugar2.0 g1/2 tsp
White pepper2.0 g1 tsp
Nutmeg2.0 g1 tsp
Cloves, ground0.3 g1/8 tsp
Ginger0.5 g1/4 tsp
Coriander1.0 g1/2 tsp
  1. Grind beef with 1/4” (6 mm) plate.
  2. Grind jowls with 1/4” (6 mm) plate.
  3. Grind belly with 1/4” (6 mm) plate.
  4. Mix ground beef and jowls with salt and cure #1 until sticky. Add belly and spices and mix again.
  5. Stuff into 32-34 mm hog casings.
  6. Apply a thin cold smoke at 18° C (64° F) for 2 days.
  7. Keep refrigerated.
  8. Cook before serving.
The sausage will become a dry, slightly fermented sausage if after smoking it is allowed to dry at 12-15° C (53-59° F), 75% humidity for about 3 weeks.
Use beech or oak wood for smoking.

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