River Cottage Australia



Paul's butcher visits the farm - and brings a great pork recipe with him.


  • 2kg pork belly or pork shoulder, diced

  • 500g pork fat

  • 1 tbsp fennel

  • 1 tbsp ground black pepper

  • 1 tsp sweet paprika

  • 60g salt - preferably flossy salt, sea salt or kosher salt

  • 200g capsicum paste - this can be bought in any Middle Eastern grocery store.

  • 100ml red wine

  • Sausage casings, soaked over night

  • Kitchen string

  • Labels to label the weight of your sausages


  • 1.

    Make sure the meat is very cold before you start.

  • 2.

    Using a mincing attachment, mince the pork and fat into a bowl. Do not over work the meat – it should not resemble a paste. Remove the mincing attachment.

  • 3.

    Mix in spices, salt, paste and red wine. Either use a stand up mixer with a paddle, or use your hands to mix the ingredients together. The mixture is ready when it is well combined and ‘tacky’ – ie sticky but still coarse – it should not be a fine paste.

  • 4.

    Assemble the sausage stuffer. Grease the stuffer with butter or oil and slide the sausage casing over the attachment tightly. Tie the end of the casing off. Using a slow speed on the mixer, stuff pork mixture into the casing. Twist sausages into small links. Using a the tip of your knife, poke holes all over the sausage to get rid of any air pockets.

  • 5.

    Tie a piece of string from the top of the sausages and hang. Weigh each sausage and record the results, labeling each sausage as you go.

  • 6.

    Transfer the sausages to a warm place for 12 hours – ideally 27C, at 80% humidity. After 12 hours, place the sausages in a curing chamber at 12C to 15C on 70% - 75% humidity. Hang for approximately 3 weeks, or until they have lost 30% of their original weight.

  • 7.

    Any dry white mould that appears is ok, but if you spot any patches of fur, or coloured mould, use a clean cloth and dab it into a 50/50 mix of vinegar and water to gently wipe the mould away.


• Capsicum paste can be bought in any Middle Eastern grocery store.

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