Summer Sausage Recipes - Make Your Own Summer Sausages

Do you wish to make your own summer sausages? These summer sausage recipes could be what you are looking for.

Summer sausages are a great addition to any gathering. Many holiday food gift baskets also include some form of summer sausage.

With increased consciousness about what goes into your food, you may want to create your own summer sausage. By making your own, you can control what goes into the product. Here are a few summer sausage recipes that you can try.

When making summer sausages, please keep in mind that it may take several days for your finished product to be ready.

For the first summer sausage recipe, you will need the following ingredients:

  • 5 pounds lean hamburger
  • 5 rounded teaspoons tender quick salt (Morton's makes this product; however, you can use the brand of your choice)
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons mustard seed
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 2 teaspoons hickory smoked salt (dry or liquid)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon onion salt.

Mix all the ingredients into a large mixing bowl and refrigerate. For the next three days, you will need to take the mixture out and knead well to make sure that all the ingredients are well blended.

On day four, remove mixture from refrigerator and knead mixture well. Divide the mixture into five equal parts and work each part into a roll. Make sure that you get as much air kneaded out of the mixture as possible. Also, you want to make sure that your rolls will hold their shape.

Place rolls on a broiler pan and bake for 8 hours at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Each finished roll will be approximately 8 to 9 inches long. This summer sausage will be a great addition to your holiday gathers.

For a spicier sausage, you can prepare the following summer sausage recipe. You will need the following ingredients:

  • 5 pounds lean ground beef
  • 5 teaspoons sugar-based curing mixture
  • 1/4 cup mustard seed
  • 3 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon hickory smoked salt

Mix all ingredients in a large mixing bowl, cover with cling wrap and refrigerate for three days - taking mixture out one time per day to knead and blend ingredients.

On the fourth day, remove mixture and knead out excess air. Divide into five separate sections and shape each section into an 8 inch roll. Place on a wire rack over a drip pan and bake for 8 hours at 200 degrees Fahrenheit. Let logs cool and wrap in cling wrap and place in the refrigerator. Logs should be chilled completely before serving, and these will also freeze well.

When creating your summer sausage, you can take a basic recipe and add the spices you wish to include. Be creative when preparing your recipes. Spices that you can add to make a great addition to your summer sausage recipes include hot peppers, paprika, oregano, and thyme.

Also, if you want a healthier summer sausage recipe, you can substitute ground turkey in place of beef. Other recipes call for ground venison in place of beef for your summer sausage. If you are making the sausage rolls as a gift, consider the recipient's likes and dislikes (as well as any possible food allergies). Summer sausages make great gifts and great additions to your holiday gatherings.

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