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Pepperoni Sticks - Italian Style

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Category: Pork, Beef, Italian

 Ingredients List

  • 3 1/2 lb Salt
  • 5 oz Sugar
  • 4 oz Cure
  • 2 oz Ground hot red pepper
  • 2 oz Allspice
  • 5 oz Ground anise seed
  • 10 lb Ice water


Ingredients for 100 lbs.

Meat in Pounds Boneless cowmeat 50 pounds, Beef cheeks 20 pounds, Beef
flanks or plates 30 pounds.

Grinding and Mixing: Grind all the meats thru a 3/16" grinder plate. Remove
to mixer and add all the ingredients mixing evenly, regrind thru 1/8"
grinder plate. The meat is now ready for stuffing. Stuffing:

It is essential that the meat is well chilled to avoid smearing the meat.
The meat should be stuffed into 24 to 26 mm lamb casings. Smoking:

Preheat smokehouse to 125 degrees F and place pepperoni in smoker. Have
dampers wide open without smoke until the casings are dry. Close the
dampers 1/4 open and apply a heavy smoke raising the temperature to 140
degrees. Hold this temperature until the internal temperature of the
product reaches 130 degrees. When using PORK, raise the temperature to 150
degrees and hold until the internal temperatue reaches 138 degrees. Remove
from the smokehouse and chill with cold tap water until the internal
temperature is reduced 105 degrees to 110 degrees. Return to the cold
smokehouse at 110 degrees and apply a heavy smoke for at least 12 hours or
overnight. Leave dampers 1/4 open.

Drying: The drying room should be kept at 60 degrees to 65 degrees and a
relative humidity of 70%. The drying time will vary because of the amount
of moisture that has been removed from the sausage during smoking. It
usually takes 3 to 4 days to make a satisfactory pepperoni. When fully dry,
the pepperoni will yield from 50 to 55% of the original product.

Alternate Drying Method without smoking: Hold pepperoni at 70 degrees for
about 2 days maintaining a relative humidity of about 75%. The product
should be kept in a cooler for at least 20 days from the time the cure had
been added to the pepperoni. Be sure that casins used are not over 1-3/8"
in diameter as this formula applies only to casings below this range.

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