I finally got around to making and testing out spice levels for a Homemade Spicy Hot Pepperoni, totally clean eating sausage for anyone on Whole30 or the Paleo diet, or into Clean Eating and even for Gluten Free folks. It’s a variation on one of my most popular posts from last year, Homemade Pepperoni, just worked over a bit for more heat. I hope you like this Homemade Spicy Hot Pepperoni, it’s a real hit at my house!
Preservative Free Pepperoni
It took me a while and a few goes at the spice levels but I think I have the heat figured out. It involves a few powdered peppers that you can find at most good spice stores and real smoked sea salt. I know the local spice shop in Anchorage, Summit Spice, carries both of these powders and the salt, but I found it on Amazon, Penzeys and most places that carry Frontier Spices too.
Whole30 Compliant Pepperoni
When you’re shopping be sure to look for powdered chipotles and jalapenos only with no added ingredients. And the same goes for the smoked salts IF YOU’RE USING THEM TO BE WHOLE30 COMPLIANT buy the real ones actually smoked and not just flavored with liquid smoke. If you don’t even care about Whole30 well then use about 2 1/2 teaspoons liquid smoke instead and add the same amount of plain salt.
We’re heavy in the honeymoon phase of Whole30, the “hey this isn’t so bad, I could eat like this all the time” part where you forget how awesome it is to just toss back food because you’re hungry. Every meal is planned out, prepped as much as possible and we’re currently loving it. Most people seem to have a wonderful experience with Whole30, I know I do, but I also know that for me it gets touchy about halfway through the whole ordeal. And honestly, I’m fed up with meat and veg, even avocados, by day 28.
Homemade Pepperoni Recipe
I finally got around to making and testing out spice levels for a Homemade Spicy Hot Pepperoni, totally clean eating sausage for anyone on Whole30 or the Paleo diet, or into Clean Eating and even for Gluten Free folks.
grind the peppercorns (if using) and the fennel seeds together in a mortar and pestle or a spice grinder
mix all the dry spices together in a bowl and set aside, be very aware that the powdered jalapeno is extremely light and airy, it will float about and you probably inhale some, happens every time for me
break up the ground beef in a mixing bowl
sprinkle the dry spices over the meat and mix well
if you're curious about the heat and or flavors add small amounts of the spices or the pepper powders, then take a small pinch and fry it up, it will help you judge the heat level, remember the heat will increase slightly while it marinates in the fridge
cover tightly and refrigerate for 48-72 hours
mixing once a day
to cook: pre-heat oven to 200˚
cover a baking sheet with foil and place a baking rack over it
if you need to protect your hands throw some gloves on
form the meat into two long sausages, mine were about 12 inches each
roll them firmly on a clean surface until they are well compacted
gently transfer to the prepared baking sheet
bake for 8 hours
try to roll them over every two hours, they will be firm and this will help them maintain their shape and evenly cook
remove after 8 hours and wipe them off
let them cool and wipe again
wrap and store in the fridge until chilled
slice and use as desired
plastic gloves for mixing and handling meat because the pepper powders can irritate the skin
If you like this easy tasty recipe you might also like a couple of my other recipes: