Sujuk

Sujuk is a sausage that comes from the Middle East. Typically beef is used when making this sausage but depending on where you are pork, lamb, or a combination might be used. There are many different variations of this sausage depending on the region and every one equally delicious.

This version of sujuk is a fermented semi-dried sausage that leans towards Turkish flavors. The fermentation adds delicious complex flavors while the drying intensifies the flavors of the seasonings used. Depending on the diameter of your sausage will determine how long you let it dry. In this recipe we only dried ours for several days and it was perfect but this is very subjective so you get to be the judge.

Normally sujuk doesn’t use a fermentation starter culture but in the recipe below I added a culture as an optional step. All this does is increase the bacterial activity to give you a more consistent and predictable product. The starter culture that I listed will give you awesome results in only 24 hours. This is totally optional as you can naturally ferment sujuk for 24-48 hours at room temperature

Drying this sausage needs to happen in a controlled environment. I like to keep my sujuk in an area 55F and 80% rH. This will keep the sausage from drying out too fast and allow for the flavors to develop evenly. A drying chamber works perfect for this. Check out my post on how to convert an old fridge into a drying chamber.

Follow fermented semi-dried sausage preparation practices when making this sausage.
  1. Clean and Sanitize all of your equipment.
  2. Keep your meat and grinder parts super cold (below 34F)
  3. Any liquid that is added to the mince needs to be ice cold
  4. Mix your very chilled meat till the mince becomes very tacky
  5. Stuff the mince into sausage casings and prick out any air pockets
  6. Apply the mold 600 culture
  7. Ferment this sausage at room temperature for 24 – 48 hours
  8. After fermentation, hang the sujuk in a controlled environment (55F & 80% rH) for 3-7 days. The larger diameter of your sausage the longer you’ll want to let it dry.
  9. After the drying period your sausage is finished. Refrigerate, cook, enjoy

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4.25 from 4 votes

Semi Dried Sujuk Sausage

Exotic and incredibly tasty
Prep Time1 hr
Cook Time10 mins
drying time5 d
How much do you want to make? 1000 grams

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Clean your meat of any silver skin, sinew, arteries and cut into small strips or cubes. Place in the freezer for an hour or until the temp reaches 32f – 34F.
  • Prepare your seasonings and rehydrate your casings. (If you are using a starter culture you'll want to rehydrate your culture at this point as well)
  • Grind your chilled meat on a coarse plate,
  • Add your seasonings and starter culture to your mince meat and mix till it becomes very tacky. If you grab a small handful it will stick to your hand if you hold your hand upside down.
  • stuff into natural casings and tie the ends, prick the sausage, apply the mold culture, then weigh the sausage. I like to write down a target weight to know when it's ready. 10% – 15% weight loss is a good target.
  • Ferment your salami by placing them in an environment that between 75F (24c) and 85F (29c) with high humidity for 18-24 hours. You can achieve high humidity by wrapping you salami in cling film. This locks in the moisture. A good place to ferment is in your oven with the light on but the oven off. (EVERY STARTER CULTURE IS DIFFERENT. THESE INSTRUCTIONS ARE FOR THE FLAVOR OF ITALY STARTER CULTURE). The goal of fermentation is to reach a pH between 5.2 and 4.9.
  • (OPTIONAL) Press under a heavy cutting board during fermentation
  • Once finished fermenting hang in an area of 55F with 80% humidity for 3-7 days (or until target weight loss has been achieved). The longer you hang it the drier it will become (personal preference)
  • After your sujuk has finished drying it is ready to cook and enjoy. I cooked mine in my smoker but it is most common to simply slice the semi dried sujuk and pan fry. Eating this with eggs is a very traditional way of having sujuk

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8 thoughts on “Sujuk

  1. Jim Freese
    Jim Freese

    Hey Eric,
    I was going to make some sujuk for my Turkish neighbor. You say to ferment for 24 hours at 75F-80F, what should the humidity be?

    Jim

    1. Eric
      Eric

      I ferment with a 85%. If you wrap the sausages in cling film they will keep a very high humidity..

  2. Mohammad Lutfi
    Mohammad Lutfi

    5 stars
    Hi Eric,
    I have tried your recipe and it is nice.
    I made a twist to it which elevated it even more. I added Halloumi cheese and walnuts to the mix at the end and the result was amazing

    1. Eric
      Eric

      OH WoW!! That sounds incredible!!

  3. Brett
    Brett

    Hey Eric, love your videos. I have a question regarding mixing the farce enough but not over mixing. How does one know precisely? I get the sticky hand thing but it seems there is some confusion, to me, about making sure my salami is going to bind properly but not overmixing. Seems my first batch is a little crumbly in the small piece I saved for ph testing, I don’t have the weightloss yet for the ones stuffed in hog casing. Thank you!!

    1. Eric
      Eric

      Hey Brett. This is where experience really comes in. It’s impossible to nail down a specific time for mixing because every protein is different, but once your meat batter gets tacky and sticky you can stop. Before you mix your meat, just make sure it’s chilled to below 34f. This will keep the fat from melting during the mixing process. In a kitchen aid mixer like the one I use the mixing part only takes 1-2 minutes. If you are mixing by hand it will take longer.

  4. Frederico Batemarque
    Frederico Batemarque

    Hi Eric, my name is Frederico, I speak directly from Brazil, I follow your videos and they are excellent.
    A question if I want to leave the sujuk to mature for more days to get drier, would you recommend changing the curing salt 1 for curing salt 2

    1. Eric
      Eric

      If you plan on letting it age for 30 days or more I would use cure #2. If it’s less than 30 days I would still use cure #1

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