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Beef Summer Sausage

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"This is a ground beef summer sausage you can make at home. It takes a while, but have you seen the prices of store bought summer sausage?! This recipe is well worth the wait. You can also wrap them in foil and freeze them."

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Original recipe makes 5 logs Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    2 hrs 40 mins

    1 day 3 hrs


  1. In a large bowl, combine the beef, meat tenderizer, cayenne pepper, ground black pepper, garlic powder, brown sugar, mustard powder and peppercorns and mix well. Pour the liquid smoke over the mixture, but do not mix. Cover and place in the refrigerator for at least 24 hours.
  2. Preheat oven to 150 degrees F (65 degrees C).
  3. Remove the beef mixture from refrigerator and mix well. Roll into 1 1/2x9 inch logs and place in a 9x13 inch baking dish.
  4. Bake at 150 degrees F (65 degrees C) for 4 hours. Remove from oven and let cool.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Oct 26, 2003

I halved this recipe just in case we didn't like it. But Man oh man is this stuff good. Its easy to make. The only time-consuming part is waiting for the beef and seasonings to meld in the fridge as well as the slow cooking time. But it is well worth the wait. I served it on a meat and cheese platter with little slices of party rye. Everyone was amazed that we had made our own summer sausage.Thanks P Bautsch!

Most Helpful Critical Review
May 03, 2005

I omitted the MSG, and should have added some garlic salt. On the one hand, the taste was pretty good, but the presentation is absolutely awful (I'm sure I don't have to spell it out, hehe). I think this might be good as a sandwich filling, sliced thinly with some other meat and some cheese. I doubt I'll make this again, but it was a fun experiment!


9 Ratings

Oct 30, 2003

Overall good flavor but tasted a little flat. I'll add some salt next time to see if that helps. Also, I cooked at 170 for 4 hours and it was browning nicely but still pretty raw in the middle so I bumped up the temp to 250 for another hour. I looked for other recipes to compare cooking temps b/c the 150 worried me a bit since it's ground meat. Most of the other recipes out there that cook at 150 had a cooking time of 6-8 hours which sounds about right.

Jun 03, 2004

Wasn't too bad. Didn't turn out like I expected and it seemed rather greasy.

Nov 11, 2010

Mu sister in-law makes this every Christmas, she cooks it at 250 for 2 hours and shapes the logs and lets it sit overnight - it is awesome and turns out quite well.

Feb 09, 2012

Turned the heat up a little as the meat stayed raw. Found out the MSG was not a good idea. MSG = headache :(


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  • Calories
  • 374 kcal
  • 19%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 1.5 g
  • < 1%
  • Cholesterol
  • 96 mg
  • 32%
  • Fat
  • 31.2 g
  • 48%
  • Fiber
  • 0.3 g
  • 1%
  • Protein
  • 19.1 g
  • 38%
  • Sodium
  • 355 mg
  • 14%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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