Sandy's Summer Sausage


This mildly spiced summer sausage recipe is so easy and yields amazing results. Made with ground beef, mustard seed, garlic powder, black pepper, and liquid smoke flavoring, it makes a great snack when served with crackers and cheese.

close up view of sliced Sandy's Summer Sausage with mustard in a small bowl on the side
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
Additional Time:
1 day 12 hrs 30 mins
Total Time:
1 day 14 hrs 15 mins


  • 2 pounds ground beef

  • 2 tablespoons mustard seed

  • 2 tablespoons liquid smoke flavoring

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

  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper


  1. Use your hands to mix ground beef, mustard seed, liquid smoke, curing salt, garlic powder, and pepper together in a large bowl. Form mixture into two equal logs. Wrap logs in aluminum foil with the shiny side facing the meat; refrigerate for 24 hours.

  2. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).

  3. Use a toothpick to poke small holes through the aluminum foil in the bottom of each log. Place logs onto a broiler rack and fill the broiler pan with 1/2 inch water.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 90 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool for 30 minutes. Refrigerate until fully chilled, about 12 hours, before unwrapping and serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

136 Calories
10g Fat
1g Carbs
10g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 136
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 4g 18%
Cholesterol 34mg 11%
Sodium 896mg 39%
Total Carbohydrate 1g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 10g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 13mg 1%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 104mg 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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