- 2 1/2 pounds pork butt, cut into 1-inch cubes
- 1/4 cup chopped garlic
- 5 teaspoons chili powder
- 4 tablespoons paprika
- 1 1/2 teaspoons cayenne
- 2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- Put the pork in a large mixing bowl. Combine the rest of the ingredients in a small bowl and mix well. Add this mixture to the pork and toss to coat the meat evenly. Cover and refrigerate for 24 hours.
- Grind the meat in a meat grinder fitted with 1/2-inch die. Or, coarsely grind the meat in a food processor fitted with a metal blade.
- Stuff into prepared 1 1/2-inch-diameter casings. Form into links or leave in ropes. To hot-smoke the sausage, if desired, follow the directions for “HOT-SMOKING SAUSAGES”. Smoke for 20 to 25 minutes, flipping the sausage once every 10 minutes of cooking time.
- The sausage, fresh or smoked, will keep indefinitely in the freezer.