Recipe courtesy of ZZQ

Smoked Habanero Fontina Sausage

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  • Level: Advanced
  • Total: 18 hr (includes chilling and resting time)
  • Active: 1 hr 10 min
  • Yield: about 15 servings



Special equipment:
a meat grinder; a sausage stuffer; a sausage drying rack; a smoker
  1. Cube beef, pork butt and fatback to 1 1/2 to 2 inches. Toss the garlic and habaneros with the cubed meat and fat in a large bowl. Combine salt, pepper, cilantro, coriander, paprika, onion powder and red pepper together in a bowl, then distribute over the meat mixture and mix by hand to make sure all the meat is well coated. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight, or up to 2 days.
  2. Grind meat mixture with medium die on a meat grinder to create sausage blend. Add peach puree and ice water and incorporate by hand until evenly distributed. Combine fontina cheese with sausage blend and mix thoroughly by hand to ensure even distribution. Refrigerate until sausage is below 40 degrees, at least 2 hours.
  3. Prepare hog casings by rinsing and soaking for 30 minutes in tepid water prior to stuffing.
  4. Stuff the sausage mixture into prepared hog casings and coil or link to desired size. You may choose to separate the links at this point or leave them linked. Hang or lay on a drying rack in the refrigerator for a minimum of 6 hours, or up to overnight. This lets the casings dry out to form pellicle, which aids in smoke absorption.
  5. Heat a smoker to 225 degrees F.
  6. Smoke sausage using wood of your choice until an internal temperature of 150 degrees F is reached, about 45 minutes. Rest 15 minutes. Enjoy!