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South African Russian Sausage

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I made the traditional South African Russian sausages. It came out perfectly. I just added black pepper for a more spicy taste.

According to Hartlief, a South African premium meat producer, Russians can be described as sausage-shaped packed meat with a strong meaty flavor and an intense smoky finish”. The method of producing this sausage originated in the 1900s in Russia and is rooted in a process of preserving meat.

Yield: 16 sausages which will give you about 145g/sausage.

South African Russian Sausage

an image of South African Russian Sausages as well as links of raw sausage before baking

First I grind and mix in my spices, then I add cold water and mixed it again well. Then I let it marinate for 24 hours in my fridge. The next day I filled the hog casings with the meat mix and then let them cold smoke for an hour. After that I let them cook in my sous vide pot for an hour at 75°C. Then I covered them in ice water until they stopped cooking. Packed them away in my fridge for final baking and then until I will be devouring them!

Prep Time 2 hours
Marinate Time 1 day
Cold Smoke and Bake Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 day 3 hours 30 minutes


  • 1kg pork shoulder
  • 16g fine salt (1.6%/kg)
  • 6g crushed black pepper
  • 3 large garlic cloves crushed
  • 2.5g cure#1 (pink salts) (0.25% /kg)
  • 100ml ice cold water
  • Hog casings


  1. Mix all the dry ingredients and set aside, except the pink salts which will be mixed into the water.
  2. Cut the meat into small cubes for easy grinding.
  3. Put the cut meat into the freezer until it gets very firm (The cold meat grinds easier and the fat does not smear).
  4. When the meat is ready to grind, mix all the dry ingredients plus the crushed garlic into the meat.
  5. Grind the meat through a 6mm or 8 mm plate
  6. Mix the cure salts in the 100ml cold water and stir well
  7. Now mix the cold water into the minced meat
  8. Let the meat stand in the fridge for a few hours to marinate and cure
  9. Stuff the casings and make 150mm sausages as you go
  10. Cold smoke the sausages for at least 1 hour, then cook them in the oven at 75°C until the internal desired temperature of 75°C is reached in the center of the sausages.
  11. The sausages will turn to a lovely red color when done in the oven.
  12. If you going to store them after you had cook them, then put them in a container with ice water for a few minutes to stop them from cooking.
  13. You can either enjoy them then or keep them in the freezer until needed.

Edward's Note on the quantity and size:

OK, I had slightly over 2,3kg of meat in the stuffer ready to make the sausages. I made 16 sausages which would give me about 145g per sausage.

1. This recipe is for 1kg of pork shoulder

2. The black pepper should be crushed to give a stronger flavor, more black pepper can be added to taste

3. More garlic can be added to taste.

4, The pink salt MUST be the Cure #1 type and NOT Cure #2.

5. The time for marinating the minced meat could be from 2 hours to 8 hours (it gives the cure time to do its job) The cure gives it a better taste and a lovely light red color when cooked.

6. Using the sous vide method rather than the oven to cook them, you will then have to cook them again in the oven or in deep oil to get the lovely, desired colour when enjoying them.


Prepared, tried, and tested by Edward from The Recipe Hunter: Tried  and Tested Recipes from Home Chefs and SA Tasty Recipes – Saffas  Daily Recipes

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Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 184Total Fat 13gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 7gCholesterol 56mgSodium 431mgCarbohydrates 0gFiber 0gSugar 0gProtein 15g

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