Steve Williams

Charcuterie at Home

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Course Description

Artisan charcutier Steve Williams teaches you how to create charcuterie including cured, smoked and dried meats at home.

You'll start with looking at the equipment you need, before learning how to butcher a pig ready to create charcuterie.

Steve will then show you how to brine and dry cure your pork cuts. You'll learn how to choose which brine to use and you'll start creating your first charcuterie alongside Steve.

As you go through the course you'll learn how to make coppa ham, fermented sausages, and how to smoke venison and chicken.

The final lesson shows you how to use your BBQ for hot smoking your meat and how to make a cold smoker.

You'll learn:

  • basic butchery and preparing a whole pig for charcuterie
  • brining and dry curing
  • casing options for sausages
  • how to hang meat and measure when it's ready to eat
  • hot smoking using a BBQ
  • how to cold smoke food

The course includes:

  • 4 on-demand video lessons - presented by Steve Williams and River Cottage
  • lifetime access to the videos, notes and interactive class
  • flexible classes - join and learn when and where you like
  • downloadable lesson notes
  • practical charcuterie and smoked food assignments and recipes (with tutor feedback available)
  • access on your mobile, PC, Mac or laptop
  • small interactive online classroom - chat online to students from around the world and share your creative ideas

Independent Cookery Schools Association approved

This course has been approved by the Independent Cookery Schools Association (ICSA), recognising the highest standards of training.

Time to complete the gut health course:

Every student is different but in general we think the whole course will take around 14 hours 15 minutes to complete including:

  • Video lessons: 2 hours 15 minutes in total
  • Course notes: 30 minutes per lesson
  • Your charcuterie and smoked food recipe assignments: at least 2 hours per lesson
  • Interactive classroom time: 15 minutes per lesson
  • Tutor feedback review (Expert level): 15 minutes per lesson

You'll need:

Your lesson notes will include the full details of the ingredients and equipment you'll need, but you will be making charcuterie and smoked food, so you'll need standard kitchen equipment.

Ready to get started?

Just add the course to your basket above - choose the 'Expert' option for personal feedback from Steve on your charcuterie and smoking assignments.

If you know someone who'd love this course then give it as a gift - just tick "This is a gift" at the checkout.

Any questions? Contact us by clicking on the orange speech symbol - we'd love to hear from you.

CPD Accreditation

Course activity has been accredited by the CPD Standards Office (CPDSO). The course equates to 14 hours, 15 minutes of CPD learning.
The CPD Standards Office. CPD Provider: 50276.

Course outline

  • Basic butchery

    Steve will show you how to prepare a pig for your charcuterie.

    You'll learn what equipment you'll need to make charcuterie, smoke and cure meats at home and where to source the equipment, along with Steve's recommendations for sourcing meat.

    You'll be preparing cuts of the meat ready to cure, dry and smoke in the next lessons.

  • Brining & Dry curing

    This lesson will give you an overview of brines and brining. Including how to make and store your own brine at home.

    You'll also learn the difference between brining and dry curing.

    You'll start to apply these techniques to the pork cuts you made in lesson 1.

  • Bacon & sausages

    In this lesson you'll be learning to turn your pork meat into salami and chorizo.

    You'll look at casing options, how to mince your meat and the back fat from the pork and how to create incredible fermented sausages.

    Steve will show you how to hang your meat, track the meat's weight-loss as it dries and how to know when it's ready to taste.

  • Hot & Cold smoking

    Steve will show you how to use a BBQ for hot smoking, and a cold smoker you can re-create at home.

    You'll learn a quick smoking recipe for chicken and venison.

Its given me a huge boost, and a lot more knowledge - I'm so glad I took part.


Choose how you want to learn

  • The Expert option


    Develop your learning further with marked assignments and personal tuition from Steve Williams

    • Start course whenever you like
    • 4 weeks tutor access for personalised assignment feedback & coaching
    • 4 assignments marked by Steve Williams
    • Certificate of completion and CPD hours
    • Online classroom with up to 20 classmates
    • 4 lessons with expert videos & notes
    • Group chat & direct message with tutor & classmates
    • Lifetime access to videos, notes & classroom
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  • The Peer option

    Discover the benefits of group learning in an online interactive classroom of no more than 20 people. Get the most from shared knowledge and community study

    • Start course whenever you like
    • Practise what you learn with your peers
    • Online classroom with up to 20 classmates
    • 4 lessons with expert videos & notes
    • 4 course assignments
    • Group chat & direct message classmates
    • Lifetime access to videos, notes & classroom
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Buy this course for a business or group

You can now buy this course through your business or organisation for individuals and groups up to 20

Food & Drink classroom - how it works

  • Start anytime

    Watch video tutorials led by expert tutors

    Watch video tutorials led by expert tutors
  • Test yourself

    Practice what you learn with inspiring assignments

    Practice what you learn with inspiring assignments
  • Personal tuition

    Get assignment feedback from expert tutors

    Get assignment feedback from expert tutors
  • Share ideas

    Collaborate and chat directly to classmates

    Collaborate and chat directly to classmates

Meet Steve Williams

Steve Williams - Food & Drink
Steve Williams is one of the country’s most revered charcutier makers. He’s also a hunter, restaurant owner and cofounder of Good Game which he set up after meeting Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall on one of the first River Cottage courses, Pig in a Day.

The course inspired Steve to make charcuterie professionally but in a different way – without nitrates and using only the best local meat.

Steve has reared his own pigs on occasion with the help of a farm on the Powderham Estate. He has been able to experiment with different native breeds and form opinions on his experiences. He also buy pigs from friends who have native breed pigs locally. Most of the game he uses is either shot himself or sourced by local Devon stalkers.

Steve's restaurant 'The Pig and Pallet' uses his meat knowledge and smoking knowledge to produce amazing BBQ food. There is an American influence but a complete ethic in using local free range and organic meats.

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Awards & Accreditations

  • Royal Horticultural Society - Approved Centre 2023-2024
  • Royal Horticultural Society
  • CPD Accredited (provider 50276)
  • Digital Education Awards 2023 Winner for Digital Health and Wellbeing Learning Product of the Year
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