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Recipe

Tasso

  • Yield: About 2 1/2 pounds

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 4 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cayenne
  • 5 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 2 1/2 pounds lean pork butt, cut into 1-inch thick slices, 4 to 5 ounces each

Directions

  • Combine the salt, black pepper, cayenne, paprika, garlic powder, and onion powder in a shallow bowl. Dredge each slice of pork in the spice mix.
  • Using your fingers, press the spice mix well into each piece. Pack in plastic wrap, about four to a pack. Wrap securely. Refrigerate for at least 3 days or up to 1 week to allow the spices to seep into the meat.
  • To smoke the strips, follow the directions for “HOT-SMOKING SAUSAGES”. Place the strips around the outermost part of the grill rack and hot-smoke for 15 minutes, without flipping.
  • Pack the tasso in 1/2-pound packages and store in the freezer indefinitely.