Bacon-Cheddar-Jalapeño Sausage


Preparation info

  • Difficulty


  • Makes

    5 pounds

    links or patties

Appears in

The Bacon Bible

The Bacon Bible

By Peter Sherman and Stephanie Banyas

Published 2019

  • About

This was sort of a riff on a stuffed jalapeño, a favorite bar snack of mine. It is important to use a good-quality cheese in this recipe; the sharper and more pronounced the cheese, the better this sausage will taste.


  • 12 ounces (340 g) thin-sliced bacon
  • 4 pounds (1.8 kg) ground pork (80/20)
  • 3 tablespoons kosher salt
  • teaspoons phosphates
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) light corn syrup
  • teaspoons dextrose sugar
  • teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon mustard powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 6 jalapeños, seeded and finely diced
  • 1 pound (455 g) extra-sharp cheddar cheese, coarsely grated
  • 1 cup (240 ml) cold water
  • Hog casings, if using


Put the bacon on a plate and freeze for 15 minutes before slicing to make it easier to cut. Transfer to a cutting board, stack several pieces on top of each other, and slice crosswise into pieces ¼ inch (61 mm) thick.

Put the bacon, pork, salt, phosphates, corn syrup, dextrose, pepper, mustard powder, garlic powder, ginger, jalapeños, and cheese in an extra-large bowl and mix with your hands until combined. Add the cold water and carefully incorporate so you don’t spill any water out of the bowl.

If you are planning to make patties and not links, divide the mixture into 16 equal portions (5 ounces/140 g each), then form into patties. (Alternatively, the meat mixture can be frozen to be made into patties later: Shape and roll mixture into two logs about 6 inches [15 cm] long each. Wrap in plastic wrap and foil and freeze. To use, thaw and slice into patties with a knife, then cook following the instructions. Or if you like, you can shape into patties, and layer them individually onto a parchment-lined baking sheet and freeze. Then remove and add to a gallon-size zip-top freezer bag.)

If you plan to stuff your sausage, see the instructions.

Cook the sausage patties or links according to the instructions.