Pork Chorizo – How to make Chorizo from Scratch

Pork Chorizo

The Best Pork Chorizo

This Pork Chorizo recipe is excellent and on point.  It’s got everything you want in a great Chorizo and it’s fun and easy to make.  In this post and video tutorial, I show you how to make sausage stuffed in hog casings and I give you the option of making sausage links that you can grill or make a real pasty Chorizo that you can combine with Eggs for breakfast, homemade Chili or some amazing burritos like this Chimichanga recipe.

Pork Chorizo

Making Pork Chorizo From Scratch

You’re going to need a good Pork Roast and either Pork Belly Fat or Fat Back.  I use 3 parts, a 2 to 1 ratio; 2 parts Pork to 1 part fat.  I cut everything down into portions that will fit through my meat grinder and then mix in all of my other ingredients.  From there it’s like clock work, stuffing the hog casings and twisting links.  Now there are some alternatives to this recipe that I’d like to mention.  If you don’t want to make sausage links you can twist the sausage up in saran wrap and I show you how to do that in my Italian Sausage video found HERE.

If you want a pasty Pork Chorizo, you’re going to want to make my homemade Enchilada Sauce and add it to this recipe.  There’s nothing else like it.  My recipe is thick and pure, so you’ll want to check it out before you decide to add your own or resort to a canned product.

If you’re interested in more recipes that use a kitchen aide to stuff hog casings, you should take a look at my Cajun Boudin recipe.

Pork Chorizo Ingredients:

2 lbs Pork Shoulder/Butt, ground
1 lbs Pork Belly Fat or Fat Back, ground

3 Garlic Cloves, chopped
2 tbsp Salt
1 tsp Pepper
1/4 cup Smoked Paprika
1 tbsp Cumin
1 tbsp Corn Syrup or Brown Sugar
1 tbsp Chili flakes
1 1/2 tbsp Red Wine Vinegar
1/4 Lard or Shortening

1 cup Enchilada Sauce, optional (CLICK HERE)

Follow the directions in my Pork Chorizo video tutorial and I’ll show you how easy this recipe is to make.

Beef Stew Recipe – Carrots, Potatoes, Parsnips and Steak

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The Best Beef Stew

When I think of Beef Stew, I’m reminded of those Sunday afternoon dinners my family would have after several hours of church.  The only problem was that any stew that my Mom made wasn’t very good because it was always runny, watered down and flavorless.  So when I set out to make Beef Stew for my own family now, I follow one simple rule; make it better than Mom’s recipe(which isn’t hard to do BTW).  But don’t let this sob story fool you.  This recipe is amazing and I even show you how to cheat!

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How do I make Beef Stew

All I do is cook a thick hearty soup with fresh chopped vegetables from my garden and I add a well seasoned steak.  Then I add a few seasonings.  That’s it and that’s all.  Now I do cheat a little when I don’t have time to make my own Chicken and Brown gravy.  But after you try this Beef Stew recipe you’ll quickly understand why I do it.  Packaged gravy is cheap, it saves time preparing it and it makes this soup taste phenomenal!

Also, be sure to check out these other recipes: Pork Loin and Hominy Stew, Vegetable Chili, Chicken and Dumplings and my Homemade Menudo!

Beef Stew Ingredients:

1 1/2 lbs Beef Chuck or Steak
1 Large Onion, chopped
2 Medium Russet Potatoes, chopped
1 Carrot, chopped
1 Parsnip, chopped
1/4 cup Fresh Parsley, chopped
1 tsp Dill
2 tbsp Olive Oil
1 1/2 cups Chicken or Vegetable Broth

1 cup Water for Steak Fond
1 pckg Chicken Gravy, prepared with instructions (1 cup approximately)
1 pckg Brown Gravy, prepared with instructions (1 cup approximately)

Koshar Salt and Pepper to taste

This recipe is very easy to prepare.  Just follow the instructions in my Beef Stew Video Recipe Tutorial above.

Chinese Barbecue Sauce – P.F. Chang’s China Bistro Recipe

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The Best Barbecue Sauce

This Chinese Barbecue Sauce is based on P.F. Chang’s recipe which is used in several different menu items, including: Spare Ribs, Pork Medallion and their Barbecue Chicken Salad.  I’ve taken the exact Restaurant size recipe and dumbed it down to a house hold portion.  And when I said this recipe is “based” on the Corporate recipe, I mean, it’s more or less the exact same one, only I cut the sugar in half.

Barbecue Sauce

The Barbecue Sauce Breakdown

Chang’s makes 5 gallons of this sauce at a time and 2 1/2 gallons of it is sugar.  That’s just ridiculous.  Half of their recommended sugar amount still gets you a fantastic BBQ sauce.  So rest assured, knowing now, that you have everything you need to know about the China Bistro’s Barbecue Sauce Recipe!

I’ve also got their Spare Rib Recipe and their Northern Style Short Ribs Ribs recipe already filmed and posted below.  And if you’re interested in my Oven Baked Ribs, those are listed here as well.

CLICK HERE for Barbecue Spare Ribs
CLICK HERE for Northern Style Short Ribs

CLICK HERE for Oven Baked Ribs

Chinese Barbecue Sauce Ingredients:

1 qt Ketchup
1 cup Hoisin Sauce
1 cup Plum Sauce
2 cup Sugar
1/4 tsp Five Spice Powder
1/4 tsp Baking Soda

This recipe makes 2 quarts of Chinese Barbecue Sauce.