Sichuan Pepper Pork Sausages

Links of Sichuan pepper pork sausages held up in Dorothy's clenched fist

After trying a bunch of sausages from a local farmer’s market in France last summer, I was reminded of how good sausage can be.

A plate of Sichuan pepper pork sausages with mashed potato and gravy, with the plate surrounded by Sichuan peppercorns

This, combined with my desire to eat local and work with offal more, made me put ‘sausage making’ high’ on my bucket list of things-to-learn-before-the-apocalypse-starts. As luck would have it, I was gifted a coupon to take a course with Mr. Wateetons and was able to sign up for his sausage making workshop.

First rule of making your-own-sausages club

Besides me and someone’s mother-in-law it was a proper sausage fest. But I lucked out when Mr. Wateetons explained rule 2 of Making Your Own Sausage Club: Befriend A Butcher. Because a very good local butcher happened to be right there with me.

Raw links of Sichuan peppercorn flavored pork sausages floating around in space with a Playmobil astronaut

Skip to 2 weeks later and I picked up some meat and casings from my newly befriended butcher and went to work.

Beginner’s mistakes, the sausage edition

Of course I made a few beginner’s mistakes. I didn’t tighten my grinder enough so stuff got stuck. And I didn’t measure out enough casing so my sausage ran a little tight. Which meant part of it came oozing out of its casing into the pan. But the texture and flavor were amazing.

A plate of raw Sichuan pepper pork sausages surrounded by their ingredients

There really is something special about eating your own sausage *wink nudge*. Just make sure there’s someone around to clean up the mess when you’re done *wink nudge intensifies*.

NOTE: If you don’t have a meat grinder available, just get some pork mince and use the spice mix to make a burger.

A pate of Sichuan peppercorn sausages with mashed potatoes and gravy, surrounded by the spices to make Sichuan peppercorn sausages

Sichuan Pepper Pork Sausage

Dorothy Porker
This home-made pork sausage contains the magic of Sichuan pepper, star anise and cardamom.
Prep Time 45 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Overnight 8 hrs
Course Main course
Cuisine Asian, Chinese, Fusion, Sichuan
Servings 8 sausages

Equipment

  • Meat grinder, keep it in your fridge or freezer 24hrs ahead of time
  • Sausage-making attachment, see above
  • Metal bowl, see above
  • Drug scales
  • Sausage casings, very thoroughly rinsed and soaked in clean water for 2 hours
  • Needle

Ingredients
  

  • 9 oz - 250 gr pork fat chin or pork belly are fine, do not use back fat
  • 9 oz - 250 gr pork meat shoulder or trimmings work best
  • 1 1/2 t - 7.5 gr fine salt
  • 2 cloves garlic finely minced
  • 3/4 t - 3 gr Sichuan peppercorns black seeds removed, husks dry roasted and crushed
  • 1/2 t - 2 gr ground white pepper
  • 1/2 t - 2 gr star anise powder
  • 1/2 t - 2 gr cardamom powder
  • 1 1/2 t - 7.5 gr corn starch
  • 2 spring onions thinly sliced
  • 1/2 t - 2 ml fish sauce
  • 3/4 t - 3 ml soy sauce
  • 5 ft - 1.5 meters sausage casing
  • sunflower oil for frying

Instructions
 

The day before, if making your own mince

  • Cut up 9 oz - 250 gr of pork fat and 9 oz - 250 gr of pork shoulder cuttings into walnut sized chunks, mix with 1 1/2 t - 7.5 gr of salt and place in your fridge overnight.
  • As working with cold materials is vital for sausage-making, this is a good time to place your mixing bowl, meat grinder and sausage machine in the fridge or freezer as well.

The day of

  • Be sure to remember to place everything that you're not using back in the fridge any time you take a break from working with the meat.
  • Take your meat out of the fridge and mix in 2 minced garlic cloves, 3/4 t - 1.5 gr of Sichuan peppercorns and 1/2 t - 2 gr of white pepper, star anise and cardamom powder before running it through the grinder.
  • Once the meat has all been ground, add the remainder of the Sichuan peppercorns, 1 1/2 t - 7.5 gr of cornstarch, 1 1/2 t - 7.5 ml of ice cold water, 2 finely chopped spring onions, 1/2 t - 2 ml of fish and 3/4 t- 3 ml of soy sauce.
  • Mix aggressively by hand for at least 5 minutes, until your meat has a nice even consistency and has started to come together in a ball.
  • If you want to do a taste test, take a piece of the meat and fry it up. See what it's like and add more seasoning to taste.
  • Remember to place your meat in the fridge while you set up your sausage machine!
  • Now use your sausage machine to fill your casing. It's best to fill the casing in one go. Then use a needle* to poke tiny holes in it all over at regular intervals and then twist to your desired sausage size when done.
  • Fry in oil for 15-20 minutes and enjoy.

Notes

If you don't have a meat grinder available, just get some pork mince and use the spice mix to make a burger. Stick it on a bao bun.
These sausages will keep in the freezer for 3 months. 
*I don't know why you should poke your sausage with a needle at the end of the filling process, but according to Meneer Wateetons they do this in Italy and it works. The main thing is, use an actual needle. Do not under any circumstances use a skewer, tooth pick or anything of that size that you may feel sounds 'more sensible'. It isn't.
Keyword home made, pork, sausage, sichuan

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