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.
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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