South African Sausage (Boerewors)

Total Time
1hr 15mins
Prep 1 hr
Cook 15 mins

This is the best sausage I have ever had. It will make any South African Homesick instantly. It is very filling. I got it when I lived in South Africa for a couple of years.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Skip the first few steps if you are using ground beef and pork.
  2. Prepare beef and pork by trimming off all sinew, and other nasty bits and pieces that may affect the texture.
  3. To facilitate mincing, cut meat into long, narrow strips about 3 inch in diameter and freeze for about 30 minutes.
  4. Mince meat through a course mincer for a rough texture, or finely if you prefer.
  5. Allow the meat to be fed through with very little assistance from the tamper.
  6. Finish off by mincing a piece of bread to remove every vestige of meat from the mincer.
  7. Roast coriander and cloves in a dry frying pan, tossing the spices about until uniformly brown and aromatic.
  8. Don’t allow to burn.
  9. Grind spices with a pestle and mortar, sift to remove husks, mix with remaining spices and sugar and sprinkle over the mince.
  10. Lightly mix in wine or vinegar.
  11. Drain the casings and place over one end of the filling horn (I use the kitchen aid attachment and carefully push all of the casings on leaving a 3 inch length hanging down).
  12. Tie a knot in this.
  13. Grabbing hold of a second pair of hands at this point makes wors-making less traumatic.
  14. You can then feed the mixture in while your assistant hold the casings, guiding the filling inches.
  15. Feed the mixture into the mincer a little at a time, while securing the casing with a gentle pressure of one hand on the horn to control the unrolling of the casing as its filled.
  16. Mould the sausage with your hand to make it uniformly thick.
  17. Don’t pack the casings too full, or the wors will burst while cooking, but try to avoid air bubbles.
  18. After the casing has been filled, remove it – still attached to the horn – from the machine.
  19. Push any remaining filling into the casing and tie a knot in the end.
  20. BBQ quickly over hot coals.
  21. The skin should be crisp and the middle just pink.
  22. Serve immediately.


Most Helpful

I made a Kosher version, omitting the pork. Excellent Recipe.

judy.simply September 16, 2016

I tried this recipie myself and the result is an authentic tasting boerewors sausage

Peter S. June 17, 2015

I gave your recipe to our local butcher and he made a 15 lb. batch. He used crushed coriander, not whole. It was WONDERFUL! <br/><br/>My church has a sister church in South Africa and 4 of our members had visited them in June. They were giving us a presentation on their trip and wanted to serve "authentic" food. I was in charge of the meat and knew that Boerewors was a popular food - I'd had some on a previous trip to Zimbabwe. Anyway, it was a hit! We also had a beet salad, a cabbage salad with turmeric, rice with chicken gravy, and pumpkin. No mealies/maize :( <br/>Thank you for this great recipe!

Linky September 15, 2013

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