Grandmothers Summer Sausage Recipe

Grandmothers Summer Sausage Recipe

Ever since I have learnt this recipe, I never bought sausage! One of my friends suggested that I share this grandmothers summer sausage recipe with you guys so that you can learn this amazing recipe. The name of this recipe is so relatable that I always feel nostalgic whenever I prepare this. When I was so young, I remember my great granny used to make sausages. I loved that smoky smell, though I don’t remember much of that. I have heard from mom that her family used to run a small business. Anyways! Let’s see the recipe. 

Old Fashioned Summer Sausage Recipe

Here is the list of all the ingredients with proper measurements along with the crystal clear directions. Also, I have mentioned the substitute of possible equipment and ingredients too.

Ingredients in Summer Sausage

  • 2 lbs of lean ground beef
  • 3/4 cup of water
  • 2 Tbsp of meat curing salt blend, or you can use 4 tbsp of celery powder
  • 2 Tbsp of liquid smoke
  • 1 tsp of onion powder
  • 1 Tbsp of mustard seed
  • 1/4 tsp of ground nutmeg
  • 1/3 tsp of ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp of freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp of brown sugar
  • 4 to 6 tsp of cracked black pepper (Don’t miss this) 

How to Make Homemade Summer Sausage Step by Step:

Step 1: Take out a large mixing bowl, and now one by one add these ingredients: 2 tbsp of lean ground beef, 2 tbsp of meat curing salt blend or 4 tbsp of celery powder, 1 tsp of onion powder, ¼ tsp of ground nutmeg, 1 tbsp of mustard seed, and 6 tsp of crack black pepper. 

Step 2: Using hands, blend all the ingredients finely. There is no shortcut preparing this homemade summer sausage. 

Step 3: After blending or kneading for 5 minutes, sprinkle 1 tsp of brown sugar, 2 tsp of liquid smoke, ¾ cup of water, and ½ tsp of freshly ground black pepper. Continue blending for 10 more minutes, to make sure it is moist enough to form into any shape. 

Step 4: Now, divide the mixture into 3 logs. If desired, coat the shaped logs with cracked peppers. Well, this is absolutely optional. But I do it because it looked good further. Besides, it tastes good enough. 

Step 5: Now, finely wrap the prepared logs in Saran wrap. If not available, then use Beeswax wraps. 

Step 6: The, place them in the refrigerator to chill for 24 hours, not less than that!

Step 7: After 1 day, remove the saran wrap, place the sausage logs on the baking rack. 

Step 8: Set the oven temperature at 300 degrees F for 1 hour 30 minutes. 

Step 9: Turn off the oven, and let cool. Again, rewrap in aluminium foil paper, and chill in the refrigerator. 

You will notice the sausage will be a nice red color. This is how you can easily make your summer sausage without any problem at all. 


For baking summer sausage, you will need perfect temperature and perfect timing. Don’t overlook this to get the perfect taste of homemade sausage. Also, add up something new to your cooking experience!

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