Cajun Smoked Boudin (and boudin balls)

I can’t think o f a food item that i’ve eaten more of than boudin. Growing up in SW Louisiana it’s no exaggeration to say that we used to eat this 5 times a week at least. It was at almost every grocery store, gas station, restaurant, and snack place. We would eat it for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Sometimes it was an appetizer or a snack. Often it was given as gifts or served at weddings. So what is Boudin?

Well Boudin is a Cajun rice sausage that’s generally made with pork, but you can find alligator, crawfish, shrimp, beef, or even chicken boudin. It’s heavily spiced and usually contains some sort of liver.

Boudin is prepared by braising the meat and liver in a delicious broth filled with vegetables (onion, celery, bell peppers). After the meat has cooked for some time and has become tender the meat and all of the vegetables are run through a meat grinder. This mixture is then tossed with cooked white rice and the cooking liquid is spooned in a little at a time till a sticky consistency is achieved. At this point boudin is stuffed into casings and is served up steamed, smoked, or grilled. Another popular way to eat this is in the form of Boudin Balls.

Boudin balls are great. It’s boudin rolled into a ball and dipped into a bread crumb mixture then deep fried. Classic Cajun food! In today’s post I’ll share with you my secrets and tips on how to make this awesome Cajun staple!!

Here are a few things you might find useful when making Boudin

Enjoy the video and the recipe. If you have any questions feel free to ask away. If you make this at home I’d love to hear about how it came out!!

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Cajun Smoked Boudin & Boudin Balls

A Cajun Staple
Prep Time1 d
Cook Time4 hrs

If you are making sausage adjust the servings to reflect the total weight of your meat and fat

Servings: 2270 grams

Ingredients

  • 2270 g Bone in Pork Shoulder
  • 454 g chicken liver soaked for 2 hours in cool water then diced
  • 651 g white onion diced
  • 392 g green bell pepper diced
  • 375 g celery diced
  • 80 g garlic minced
  • 300 g chopped green onion tops divided
  • 13 g dried parsley
  • 3 tbsp powder chicken stock
  • 1 tbsp kosher salt
  • 1 tbsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp creole Seasoning
  • 1 tbsp cayenne pepper optional if you want it spicy
  • 12 cups cooked white rice you might not need it all but it’s better to have a little extra

Instructions

  • Season the pork shoulder with Creole seasoning and place in a zip lock or vacuum sealed bag overnight in the fridge.
  • The next day take the shoulder out and sear all sides on a hot cast iron skillet with a little oil. Once seared place the shoulder in a slow cooker or a medium size pot.
  • In the same skillet sauté the onions, bell peppers, and celery. Add a 1/2 teaspoon of salt to help draw out some moisture and cook till soft. Add the garlic and 1/2 the chopped green onions. Cook for a few minutes more.
  • Add the diced liver to the vegetables and cook a few minutes more. Once finished remove from heat and add to the crock pot or pot that the pork shoulder is in.
  • Add 9 cups of water or enough to cover the ingredients by 1 inch, then add your seasonings and chicken bouillon. Let it cook on low covered for 3-5 hours till your pork is falling off the bone.
  • Once finished separate the liquid from the meat and veggies. Debone your pork and run the pork meat and the vegetables through a 6mm grinder plate.
  • In a large bowl add your ground meat mixture, the rest of your green onions, all the parsley, and rice (I like a 50/50 mix of rice and meat)
  • Add 1/2 cup at a time of reserved pork broth till the mixture begins to come together and starts to get sticky. I think I added between 3 and 3.5 cups of liquid but every batch is different. Taste for any seasoning adjustment. You might need a little salt at this step..
  • Stuff this mix into a sausage casing and hang them in your smoker. at 225F let it smoke for 1 hour then brush the outside of the casing with a little olive oil. After 3 hours of smoking your smoked boudin is finished.
  • For Boudin Balls grab a small handful of the boudin mix and roll into a tight ball. dredge it through some seasoned flour and dunk it into a whisked egg mixture. Finally roll it in some Panko Bread crumbs and set to the side. Fry the balls in 350f oil till golden brown on the outside.

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