50 Lbs Of Lebanon Bologna

Discussion in 'Sausage' started by hounds51, Apr 21, 2010.

  1. Ok folks Last Saturday I made 50Lbs of some of the best Lebanon Bologna that I have ever tasted. I took pictures, but lost them due to a camera glitch. Operator error (I mistakenly formatted the memory)

    This stuff looks, tastes and smells like the real McCoy! And since I live in the middle of Lebanon Bologna country, I have excellant taste testers here. The first batch that I made a couple of weeks ago I used 20 lbs of beef, and 5 lbs of pork, along with only 2 tbls of a weaker liquid smoke. Everyone asked me where I got the formula for such good salimi. So in a nutshell If you modify this recipie by using 20lbs beef & 5lbs pork, and limiting the liquid smoke you will have a great Salimi.
    If you stay strict to the recipe you will have the best tasting Lebanon Bologna you can make.
    Believe me it's that good
    I will try to get pictures of the finished product.
    When people from Lebanon say it's good, you know ur doin something right.

    Home Made Lebanon Bologna
    Hi Folks Here is a relatively easy way to make some homemade Lebanon Bologna.
    Here goes
    25 lbs of chuck or beef neck (whatevers cheapest)
    1 - 18.5 oz bag of Leggs #116 snack stick seasoning http://www.columbiaspice.com/116snackstick.html
    1 - 3oz bag of LEM citric Acid http://www.lemproducts.com/category/190
    1 - 8oz or 1/2 bag of LEM soy protien (to keep shrinkage down) http://www.lemproducts.com/product/384/Soy_Protein
    6 to 8 tbs of liquid smoke http://www.lemproducts.com/product/2...gs_cure_spices
    6 to 8 Tbs of Brown sugar (For Sweet Bologna Add 10 to 16 Tbs, or sweeten to taste) test cook in microwave.

    Cut and grind beef mix Legg's with water and Instacure#1 as per instructions then add liquid smoke and brown sugar. After final grind (if one) and right before stuffing, mix the 3oz bag of citric acid into meat. Do Not Grind Citric Acid Into Meat!!!!. Stuff into large casing and heavy smoke with hickory with low heat slowly bringing up to finishing heat (about 150-160 degs internal) Smoke for about 12 to 16 hours. The longer the smoke the better.
    Give the bologna a cold water bath.
    Let sit in fridge overnight, vacupack freeze eat and enjoy at leisure.
  2. bossdogg

    bossdogg Fire Starter

    from another southcentral pa'r no one knows what balogna tastes like unless they have lebanon balogna. mmmm. I will have to try it sometime.
  3. Follow the recipe and you'll know you have the real McCoy. Believe me it's as good as any commercial Lebanon Bologna and this is comming from everyone that tasted mine. Friends Family and Co workers
  4. cajunsmoke13

    cajunsmoke13 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Just bought some this week at Weis market. Nice
  5. kltjs

    kltjs Newbie

    Gotta love that Lebanon Bologna! I really like the sweet Lebanon Bologna!!
  6. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Now it's alittle weird to me that I get a graving for some lebanon balonga every now and then and when I do I cann't get enough of it for about a couple of weeks and then it's over. But I haqve been feeling a graving aq couple of weeks ago when someone here posted a thread and recipe but I just haven't been around the house long enough to make my own tho.
  7. Just add more sugar to the recipe.
    Also you can cut the amounts in half, and only make 12lbs. The only problem is that it will go so fast, that you will have to make the other half the following week. Yes it's that good.
  8. Here are the pictures
  9. roller

    roller Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    That looks good I will have to try it.
  10. pops6927

    pops6927 Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Ok, I'll bite, why not grind the citric acid into the meat? I've done it before with encapsulated citric acid for different sausages.
  11. This is what I found in research of encapsulated citric acid.
    [FONT='Century Gothic','sans-serif']Encapsulated Cirtic Acid[/font]
    [FONT='Century Gothic','sans-serif']Encapsulated citric acid effectively preserves sausage and meat products and is used a lot today in commercial products. Product quality is maintained while pH remains controlled. Company processes have eliminated the use of starter cultures and has increased production capacity with the shortening of cook cycles which makes the product cheaper to manufacture. Although it does produce a tang it is more of an acidic tang not quite the same thing.[/font]
    [FONT='Century Gothic','sans-serif']Encapsulated citric acids are made by [/font][FONT='Century Gothic','sans-serif']coating [/font][FONT='Century Gothic','sans-serif']citric acid[/font][FONT='Century Gothic','sans-serif'] with maltodexrine, a hydrogenated vegetable oil, which by design will melt at 135º F. What this means is that the [/font][FONT='Century Gothic','sans-serif']citric acid with not blend with the meat and lower the pH until the internal temperature of the sausages reach [/font][FONT='Century Gothic','sans-serif']135º F in the smoker preventing the meat from getting crumbly.[/font]
    [FONT='Century Gothic','sans-serif']Encapsulated citric acid should be used when making summer sausage or snack sticks when the classic tang is desired due to reduced pH, but the long fermentation cycle is not. [/font][FONT='Century Gothic','sans-serif']Encapsulated acids for sausage should be added just before stuffing and mixed into the meat. To not grind after adding the capsules. [/font]
    [FONT='Century Gothic','sans-serif']Fermento[/font]
    [FONT='Century Gothic','sans-serif']Fermento[/font][FONT='Century Gothic','sans-serif'] is another product used to produce a tangy taste in normally fermented sausages. The recommended level to start with is 3%, (about 1 oz. per lb. of meat) add up to 6% to produce a more tangy taste, but do not exceed 6% or the sausage will become mushy. This product does not require refrigeration. [/font]
    [FONT='Century Gothic','sans-serif']Fermento is used to eliminates the curing times necessary for the fermentation process to take place. When using starter cultures you may have to wait up to two days for the culture to create enough lactic acid to lower the pH to sufficient levels where with Fermento you can start smoking right away. Fermento is suggested for products such as; Venison Summer Sausage, Cervelat, Goetburg, and any other Summer Sausage. The usage is usually about 6 oz of Fermento per 10 lbs of meat[/font]

    [FONT='Century Gothic','sans-serif']My take on this is that if you compromise the encaptulation, you may not get the full effect of the cureing process. It appears that the encaptiluation process is done so that it gives your meat a chance to bind before the process takes affect. Thus your meat won't crumble but will still have the desired PH balance that it requires.[/font]
    [FONT='Century Gothic','sans-serif']If you read the instructions on the encaptulated citric acid bag it will tell you to mix only before stuffing.[/font]
  12. I also found this information, which answers alot more questions, including the encaptulated citric acid question.


    ENCAPSULATED CITRIC ACID:<SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt">Use encapsulated citric acid when making summer sausage or snack sticks and that distinctive tang, associated with reduce pH, is desired but the lengthy fermentation cycle is not. When used correctly, it is almost impossible to tell if the sausage was manufactured by fermentation or by the use of this product. There is no need to worry about processing under special conditions. You just add the citric acid to the meat at end of the mixing process (making sure that you do not grind meat again), and then blend into the meat by hand or by mixer. If using a meat mixer, mix only until the encapsulated citric acid is blended into the meat mix, usually about one minute is sufficient. Longer mixing can cause the capsules to rupture resulting in the premature release of the citric acid.
    Encapsulated citric acid is citric acid, a naturally occurring acid, that has been encapsulated (coated) with maltodexrine, a hydrogenated vegetable oil, which will melt at 135 degrees F. releasing the citric acid into the meat product.This prevents the citric acid from releasing and prematurely lowering the ph of your sausage meat mix. If the meat’s ph drops before the protein sets at 105-115 degrees you will get a negative effect on the texture of your finished sausage. It won't bind as well and the texture will be crumbly.
  13. shellbellc

    shellbellc Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Great looking lebanon! Growing up (well and now too) the ONLY bologna I eat is sweet lebanon. I've tried a honey lebanon too but that was a different flavor.
  14. Yea honey and maple syrup will give you a different flavor to the finished product. The next batch I make will have Honey in the ingredeants. Most of my family are asking for honey bologna, and since there my biggest fans, I guess I will have to keep them happy. This stuff is soo easy to make it ain't all that hard, and it really tastes like Lebanon bologna.
    This is great for smokers that can't by the commercial stuff in thier area.
  15. erain

    erain Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    as an avid sausagemaker this makes the to do list... thanks for sharing, will get some seasonings and give it a shot prolly this fall!!![​IMG]
  16. Hounds51...thanks for the recipe! I just made it using 25 pounds of venison and it came out tasting just like Lebanon Bologna. Great job and thanks again!
  17. scsmoker

    scsmoker Newbie

    Looks great, I too am from Bologna country. quick question. if I didnt want  to package in smaller quantities can i just freeze the whole bologna or do i need to do something else before I freeze. also what type and size casing did you use and did you hand stuff the casings, thanks for any info.  looks great cant wait to try it!!!
    Last edited: Nov 18, 2010
  18. roadkill66

    roadkill66 Newbie

    Sounds delicious, I gotta try it.  Do you have any guidelines for smokehouse temps and times?  Thanks for the recipe!!
  19. I used 2 1/2" x 20" 3lbs. casings and used my meat grinder with a stuffing plate. I would love to have a vertical stuffer, but funds are and issue at this time. As far as freezing the bologna I used my Food Saver for storage.
  20. scsmoker

    scsmoker Newbie

    Thanks for the info. do you think the bologna would be ok to freeze in the casing. how long would it last just refrigerated. sorry for the questions but this will be my first attempt at sausage/bologna. what type of casing do you use?  thanks for all the help!!!

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