Homemade Country Sausage
- 4-5 lb. pork shoulder
- 2 T. dried sage
- 2 T. fresh sage
- 2 T. dried ginger
- 2 T. fresh ginger
- 1 teas. cayenne pepper ( or leave out)
- 1/4 c brown sugar (or 4 T. maple syrup)
- 2 T. salt
- 2 T. cracked black pepper
Once home, I rinsed off my beautiful pork shoulder and commenced to deboning (you can by it without the bone for a little more) and cutting it into about 2 inch cubed pieces. Once the shoulder is all cut up, it is best to put it back into the refrigerator for a good hour. You want it very cold, that way it won’t jam up your grinder as easily if the fat and meat are cold.
After about an hour, make sure you have your meat grinder ready and setup with a the course wheel. For country sausage, we don’t want to use the fine grain.
Get your cubed pork shoulder from the refrigerator and begin with your stand mixer on about the #6 speed. Slowly add the cubes of sausage and push down with the plastic or wood dowel that comes with the meat grinder. You’ll want to work a little quickly, so the meat doesn’t warm up.
Once your done grinding all your meat, you should end up with a big bowl of ground pork. Now is when you add all the ingredients to give it its country sausage taste. I like to use both fresh and dried sage, along with fresh and ground ginger. They all will bring out different tastes in your sausage. I also add cayenne pepper, a few pepper flakes, and instead of maple syrup, I added brown sugar to this batch.
Now I like to mix mine by hand, that way I can feel the moisture in the sausage and make sure all the ingredients are being mixed in very well.
Once your done, your sausage is ready to make into patty’s, stuff in a chicken breast or pork loin, or just mix into some gravy to put over biscuits. No matter how you like your sausage, once you make your own at home, you’ll never buy store bought again. By the way, this sausage freezes for up to 3 months in the freezer, and tastes just as good then as it is fresh. I hope you enjoy.