Venison Cheddar Jalapeño Summer Sausage


This venison summer sausage recipe is a nice change. Cheddar and jalapeños add a spicy kick that is sure to please. We serve this at the "Beast Feasts," an annual gathering we host where all the dishes are from wild game. This recipe works well with beef as well.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
Additional Time:
1 day
Total Time:
1 day 2 hrs
2 sausages


  • 1 cup cold water

  • 3 tablespoons sugar-based curing mixture (such as Morton® Tender Quick®)

  • 2 teaspoons liquid smoke flavoring

  • 2 teaspoons mustard seed

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper

  • 3 pounds lean ground venison

  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

  • 2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and minced


  1. Stir cold water, curing mixture, liquid smoke, mustard seed, garlic powder, and black pepper in a large bowl until curing mixture is dissolved. Mix in venison, Cheddar cheese, and jalapeño peppers until evenly blended and somewhat sticky, about 3 minutes. Divide mixture in half, then roll each half into 2-inch-thick logs. Wrap each log tightly with aluminum foil and refrigerate for 24 hours.

  2. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.

  3. Remove foil from sausage logs and place them onto the prepared baking sheet.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center of sausages reads at least 160 degrees F (72 degrees C), 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Cool sausages on a rack to room temperature. Dab occasionally with a paper towel to absorb excess grease. Slice thinly to serve.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

48 Calories
2g Fat
0g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 40
Calories 48
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 2g 2%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 27mg 9%
Sodium 553mg 24%
Total Carbohydrate 0g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 7g
Vitamin C 0mg 2%
Calcium 24mg 2%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 78mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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