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Summer Sausage Recipe
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Summer Sausage

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"A very tasty sausage that is nice to give away in gift baskets. Add or omit spices to suit your taste."

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Original recipe makes 40 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    8 hrs

    3 days 8 hrs 10 mins


  1. In a large bowl, mix beef, curing mixture, mustard seed, garlic powder, cayenne, red pepper flakes, salt, and liquid smoke. Cover with plastic, and refrigerate for three days, mixing well once a day.
  2. On the fourth day, preheat oven to 200 degrees F (100 degrees C).
  3. Shape the mixture into five logs, and place on a wire rack over a large drip pan. Bake for eight hours, then remove to cool on paper towels. Let cool, then wrap logs individually in plastic wrap. Chill completely before slicing. They also freeze well.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Oct 02, 2009

This is almost exactly like the summer sausage that has been handed down to me by my grandparents. It is the best sausage I have ever eaten! Our recipe uses garlic salt instead of garlic powder and has 1/2 teaspoon of black peppercorns per pound of meat. It is really good when made with ground turkey too. That is the way I usually make it these days.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Dec 07, 2009

This recipe was disappointing. It wasn't BAD, as such, just not good. It seems to be missing something, some flavor or spice that I can't put my finger on. My husband and I both were expecting something somewhat sweeter, for some reason. I'm not going to throw this's not that bad. I'll serve it for company and whomever likes it will get to take it home :~D I won't be making this one again, because I'm sure there's something better out there. Oh, FYI, I did use all beef (90% lean) and followed the directions and amounts as presented, making no changes.


24 Ratings

Oct 18, 2007

This is a wonderful recipe. The whole family love it. I changed nothing about it. It smells so good I almost hated waiting the 3 days, but do it because it is definetly worth it. Thanks so Much.

Dec 27, 2007

Oh my goodness. I can't believe how easy this is to make and how wonderful it tastes. Thank you for this recipe. I took 3 logs to Christmas Eve and Christmas Dinner and there was none left. My brother was asking me to make some with some deer meat he had. I will be making a lot of this and putting it in my freezer for a quick snack for unexpected guests. I bought 10 pounds of hamburger to make some so I would have it for New Year's Eve. I think I will add jalepenos to one batch. Thanks again for this easy recipe.

May 19, 2010

I followed this recipe exactly. I used a very good quality of beef, 100% home raised angus. The sausage turned out great! Next time I will experiment with more spices, possibly adding a little more red pepper for an additional kick. I think I will also try adding some venison for a gamier flavor. All in all...good recipe.

Jan 25, 2010

This is a great recipe. I double it and make five logs as the recipe states and add extra cayenne and pepper flakes to the other five logs batch. Love it!!

Jan 10, 2011

EXCELLENT!!! I doubled the garlic powder, cayenne pepper, red pepper flakes and I used Mesquite liquid smoke. I also used Tony's more spice for the salt. Kids and husband LOVED it! Making some now for late Christmas presents. YUM!

Jul 13, 2008

This recipe is awesome! My family loved it!


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  • Calories
  • 111 kcal
  • 6%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 1 g
  • < 1%
  • Cholesterol
  • 36 mg
  • 12%
  • Fat
  • 7.3 g
  • 11%
  • Fiber
  • 0.3 g
  • 1%
  • Protein
  • 10 g
  • 20%
  • Sodium
  • 498 mg
  • 20%

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

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