Friday, January 6, 2012

Summer Sausage

I like to have some meat on hand to pack in lunches when we have to be on the go.  Here is an easy recipe that I use.  The kids love it.

I was doing some price comparing to see if it's worth the time to make.  I can make 6# of summer sausage for about $3 per pound if I buy the hamburger for 2.50 per pound.  However, I usually use half ground deer burger which brings down the price to around $2.50 per pound of summer sausage.  Tender quick is the only other pricy ingredient, but a 2 lb bag of it will last for many batches of summer sausage.  Tender quick is around $7 a bag.  

Summer Sausage

5 to 6 # hamburger ( I like to use half deer burger for a leaner sausage.)
1 T liquid smoke
1 1/2 t. garlic powder
1 T coarse black pepper
2 1/2 c water
6 T tender quick
3 1/2 t whole mustard seed
2 t crushed red pepper (hot)

Mix together.  Form into rolls.  Let stand 24 hours in refrigerator.

Bake on broiler pan on tap rack of oven.  Bake at 250 for 2 hours.  Turn rolls over half way through cooking time.  After cooling, I place the rolls in freezer bags and freeze until I'm ready to use.

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  1. This sounds good. Could you use fresh garlic? If so how much?

  2. I think it would be fine to use fresh garlic. I often substitute fresh in recipes. I'd probably start with 3 or 4 cloves and see how it tastes to you. Then adjust the recipe to taste the next time you make it.