One of my earliest memories of growing up in North Carolina was the ritual Saturday morning drive to a large farm to stock up on fresh eggs and chickens, buttermilk, slab bacon, and, to be sure, the best whole-hog country sausage ever made. Throughout the South, bulk sausage has always been part of the fall hog-killing tradition, and even out of season, many serious cooks (myself included), wary of most commercial products, still grind and blend their own sausage on a regular basis. I find some store-bought brands (Neese’s in North Carolina, George Jones in Tennessee, and even widely available
Cut the pork and pork fat into 2-inch chunks and pass first through the coarse blade, then through the fine blade of a meat grinder into a large mixing bowl. Add the remaining ingredients, moisten both hands with water, and knead the mixture till well blended and smooth. Wrap the sausage in plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator at least 2 hours before using.
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