Northern German Mettwurst Recipe

Mettwurst is a strongly flavoured German sausage made most often from raw minced pork, but some authentic recipes (like the one here) call for the addition of veal and/or beef. The sausage is preserved by curing and smoking.

This northern German variety is similar to salami and to another German sausage called "holsteiner". It is more firm than the types made in southern Germany because it is smoked for a longer time.

The name of this delectable sausage is derived from the Low German word "mett", which means minced pork without bacon. It's related to the English word "meat".

Because this is a smoked sausage, you Must use a Cure and be sure to follow good sausage smoking procedure. You can learn about sausage smoking by Clicking Here.


  • 3 lbs pork shoulder, 1 lb veal, and 1 lb lean beef chuck

  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt

  • 1 tablespoon ground white pepper

  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander

  • 1 teaspoon ground celery seed

  • 1 teaspoon allspice

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground dried marjoram

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground caraway seed

  • 1 teaspoon whole mustard seed

  • 1 level teaspoon Instacure or Prague powder #1.

  1. Trim the pork,veal and beef. Cut it into 1 inch cubes and refrigerate for 1/2 hour to chill.
  2. Grind the meat through the medium or fine plate on your meat grinder.
  3. Measure and combine the cure and spices, and mix them thoroughly with the ground meat for at least 2 minutes. Use your hands for mixing to assure even distribution.
  4. Once the sausage is fully mixed, grind it all one more time through the fine plate on your meat grinder, stuff the finely ground sausage into casings (large pork casings or small beef rounds work best), and prepare it for the meat smoker.
  5. Smoke the sausage with a heavy smudge at 100-120 degrees F for at least 6 hours, then increase the smoker temperature to 160 degrees and continue cooking until the internal temperature is 152 degrees F. Shower and then bloom the sausage for several hours ( see instructions by Clicking Here) , and then remove it to the cooler or refrigerator overnight before packaging.

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