Kielbasa Swojska (Pork or Chicken)
- 7 lbs Pork Butt or Boneless Chicken Thighs (Half of the thighs should be skinless)
- 20 garlic cloves (large, mashed)
- 1 tsp dried marjoram
- 1 Tbsp ground black pepper
- 36 g kosher salt (plus more to taste, if needed)
- 7 g Cure #1 (see notes)
- ½ to 1 cup ice water
- Grind pork (or chicken) on a medium size plate, 4.5mm (3/16") - 6mm (1/4").
- Add ½ cup ice water, all of the spices, salt, and Cure#1 and mix well.
- Stuff into small size hog casings (28-32mm), tie into rings and hang to dry at room temperature for 2 to 3 hours.
- Preheat smoker to 160-165F.
- Hang sausages in the smoker and apply smoke for 3-4 hours.
- Remove sausages once the internal temperature has reached 152F. If the internal temperature is not rising too well after 3-4 hours of smoking, raise the temperature to 170F-175F. You may have to go to 190F if necessary.
- Cool the sausage down and store in a refrigerator or a freezer.
- Cooling can be achieved by placing sausage in an ice bath to cool it down quickly. It with result in a fuller, more plump product.
Alternatively, you may let the sausage cool down at room temperature and then refrigerate. This will result in the sausage being less plump and slightly wrinkled, but this this is my preferred method. Ice water bath removes smoke residue from surface making the sausage less smoky in flavor and pale in color.
Cure #1 is also called pink salt #1 or Prague Powder. Make sure it is Cure #1, not #2. Cure #2 is used for making dry cured meats and sausages, like salami, soprassata and similar.
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