Wild Boar Floridian Sausage

Total Time:
2 hr 5 min
1 hr
1 hr
5 min

10 links

  • 3 1/3 pounds wild boar meat
  • 3/4 pound fatback
  • 1 tablespoon fennel seeds
  • 2 teaspoons anise seeds
  • 2 teaspoons mixed-color peppercorns
  • 1/4 cup fresh sage leaves
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves
  • 24 grams sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Zest of 1 lime
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • 1 length of fresh hog casing
  • Special equipment: meat grinder, spice grinder

  • Dice the wild boar meat and fatback into cubes that will easily fit into a meat grinder. Partially freeze the meat and fatback to facilitate grinding, about 1 hour.

  • While your meat is freezing, toast the fennel seeds, anise seeds, and peppercorns in a dry pan on the stovetop until fragrant, and grind them in a spice grinder. Mix the ground fennel seeds, anise seeds and peppercorns with the sage, thyme, salt, paprika, cayenne, garlic and citrus zests in a large bowl.

  • When the meat and fatback are almost frozen, remove them from the freezer, and mix them with the other ingredients. Grind everything together through a medium-size die. Add a couple ice cubes at the end of the grinding to push out the last bit of meat in your grinder. Mix the meat vigorously in a stand mixer for a few minutes until the whole batch is very sticky. Pump the mixture into the sausage casings, and twist to create links of your preferred size (8 inches is ideal).

Professional Recipe: This recipe was provided by a chef, restaurant or culinary professional and makes a large quantity. The Food Network Kitchens chefs have not tested this recipe in the proportions indicated and therefore cannot make any representation as to the results.

Cook's Note: Keep the meat, fatback and tools as cold as possible while grinding.

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