Summer Sausage


This garlicky summer sausage is nice to give away in holiday gift baskets. Add or omit spices to suit your taste.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
8 hrs
Additional Time:
3 days 4 hrs
Total Time:
3 days 12 hrs 20 mins
5 1-pound sausages


  • 5 pounds ground beef

  • ¼ cup mustard seed

  • 3 tablespoons garlic powder

  • 5 teaspoons sugar-based curing mixture (such as Morton® Tender Quick®)

  • 1 tablespoon red pepper flakes

  • 1 tablespoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • ½ teaspoon hickory-flavored liquid smoke


  1. Mix beef, mustard seed, garlic powder, curing mixture, pepper flakes, salt, cayenne, and liquid smoke together in a large bowl until well combined. Cover with plastic, and refrigerate for three days, mixing well once a day.

  2. On the fourth day, preheat the oven to 200 degrees F (100 degrees C). Line a sheet pan with a wire rack.

  3. Shape the mixture into five logs; place logs onto the wire rack.

  4. Transfer the rack and sheet pan into the preheated oven and bake for 8 hours. Remove from the oven and transfer sausages to paper towels to cool. Let cool completely, about 1 hour, then wrap logs individually in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours before slicing.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

123 Calories
10g Fat
1g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 60
Calories 123
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 4g 21%
Cholesterol 32mg 11%
Sodium 317mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 1g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Protein 7g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 8mg 1%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 100mg 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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