12 Jul Olmeda Origenes Chorizo for Cooking, ideal for your BBQ

What is the best chorizo for barbecue?

Chorizo for cooking sweet Olmeda Origenes is worldwide known as an essential for summer barbecues. With the summer hotter than ever it is time for a BBQ, and what could suit best a BBQ than chorizo?  With its distinguishable red color, traditional recipe with paprika, any barbecue would be incomplete without a chorizo. How do you like it? If you are on the hot side, you definitely must give a try to our Baby Chorizo for cooking Olmeda Origenes, made with spicy paprika and one of the chef’s favourites!

What makes a true Spanish Chorizo ? How is chorizo made?

Chorizo for cooking Olmeda Origenes is made in Arbizu, Navarra. From the best selected pork meat and fat, natural spices and of course, the characteristic paprika. But… what makes our chorizo for cooking so special? Our chorizo for cooking is 100% natural! The only preservative in our chorizo is actually a natural preservative: rosemary extract. We can proudly show our clean label so, the ingredients of Chorizo for cooking sweet Olmeda Origenes go as follows: Lean and pork bacon, sweet paprika, salt, garlic and natural antioxidant (rosemary extract).

What is the difference between chorizo for cooking and chistorra?

To become a true expert in Spanish cuisine you definitely have to know how to differentiate chorizo for cooking from chistorra.

The key difference between chistorra and chorizo is basically the size and the drying process.

 Chistorra Olmeda Origenes is a fresh sausage only dried for 2 days that requires cooking, while chorizo for cooking requires 5 days of drying due to its size.

The caliber is the obvious first difference, the chistorra is much longer and thinner than the chorizo, this is partially due to the type of gut traditionally used. The guts are indistinctively natural casing or edible collagen, depending on availability.  

The next difference is more subtle, it lies within the paprika used to make the sausage, whilst Chistorra uses Paprika from Murcia, Chorizo for cooking uses Paprika de la Vera which is smoked.

Chorizo with spices

How to grill your chorizo ?

Now that you became an expert on chorizo for cooking & chistorra you must be impatient light up your barbecue and grill it. But how ? What is the best way to make a chorizo with a barbecue ?

Grilling chorizo on a barbecue is a straightforward process that brings out the smoky flavors and delicious charred texture. Here’s a simple guide to help you grill your chorizo to perfection:

1. Prepare the chorizo: Start by selecting your preferred type of chorizo. Ensure it is fully thawed if previously frozen. If the chorizo is in casings, you can either leave them intact or remove the casings based on your preference.

2. Preheat the grill: Preheat your barbecue grill to medium-high heat. It’s essential to allow the grill to reach the proper temperature before placing the chorizo on it.

3. Oil the grill grates: To prevent sticking, lightly brush the grill grates with cooking oil or use a non-stick cooking spray.

4. Place the chorizo on the grill: Carefully place the chorizo directly on the preheated grill grates. Arrange them in a single layer, ensuring they have enough space between them for even cooking.

5. Grill with indirect heat: Chorizo is typically grilled using indirect heat. If your barbecue has multiple burners, turn off the burner(s) directly beneath the chorizo and keep the other burners on. This way, the chorizo cooks more slowly and evenly, reducing the risk of burning.

6. Cook and flip: Allow the chorizo to cook for about 15 to 20 minutes, rotate the chorizo using thongs every few minutes to allow an even doneness on all sides. One it has his characteristic brownish tint on all sides check the temperature by inserting a meat thermometer on one side to ensure it has reached 70C.

7. Rest and serve: Once the chorizo reaches the desired level of doneness, remove it from the grill and let it rest for a few minutes. This allows the juices to redistribute and enhances the flavors. Serve the grilled chorizo hot, either on its own or as part of a delicious barbecue feast.

Now the only remaining step is to enjoy your mouthwatering grilled chorizo as a delightful addition to your barbecue experience!

Chorizo Olmeda