A few years ago I bought a jar of Filippiono fermented shrimp paste called Bagoong alamang in an Asian grocery, simply out of curiosity. When I looked up what to do with it I was delighted to learn that one of its main uses is actually to make a sauce for pork.
In Germany there are countless varieties of Leberwurst, two of which I like in particular. For one there is the grey "Hausmacher" style from Palatinate. Being born in Mannheim this may well be called my home sausage. Then I also love the smoked variety in thin rings which is also suitable for air drying. So when I decided to convert my ProQ Frontier water smoker to cold smoking I did not have to think for long what to make as first job.
In Germany there are quite a few different sausages from various regions that are called Knackwurst, most of which are either related to frankfurters or to mettwurst. But there is one type that is unique. Brunswick has always been famous for its sausages, and this particular Knackwurst is a local specialilty.
For my recent weisswurst making session I needed pig skin which I took off a small piece of pork belly. I pondered several possibilites to take care of the remaining meat and decided to try something I have never done before: "braising" without liquid.
Rillettes belong to the great classics of French charcuterie. Essentially it is just meat that has been simmered until it is falling apart. In principle rillettes can be made from all kinds of meat. But the traditional varieties are made from pork (Rillettes du Mans) and duck or goose. There is even fish rillettes, but this has nothing to do with the original concept anymore.