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a stack of summer sausage and cheese on a butter cracker

Homemade Beef Summer Sausage Recipe

Beef Summer Sausage is really easy to make and once you try it you'll never want to buy it from the store again! You don't need any special equipment to make it. It's a perfect healthy party appetizer, snack, or lunch. It's also gluten free, keto, sugar free, and no carb.
Course Appetizer, Lunch
Cuisine American
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Resting Time 8 hours
Total Time 12 hours 30 minutes
Servings 32 servings
Calories 78kcal
Author Amy


  • 4 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1/4 cup Curing Salt
  • 2 Tbsp Liquid Smoke
  • 2 tsp Black Pepper course
  • 1 tsp Garlic Salt


  • Mix 4 pounds of ground beef with Quick Curing Salt. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
    If you don’t have one, set a cooling rack in a baking sheet.

  • Add garlic salt, cracked black pepper, and liquid smoke. Mix together until combined.
  • Divide the meat mixture into four equal parts. Shape meat into four sticks, or logs.
  • Line a roasting pan with aluminum foil for easier cleanup. Set sausages on a roasting pan with a wire rack.
  • Preheat oven to 225 degrees. Bake sausage for 4 hours.
  • Remove from the oven and cool. Refrigerate summer sausage for up to three weeks, or freeze for up to three months.
  • Slice and serve with sliced cheese and crackers.


Note: I like to use heaping amounts of garlic salt and pepper. You may also add mustard seeds, paprika, or taco seasoning instead if you'd like.
Note: Table salt was used to calculate Nutritional Facts.
Note: Summer Sausage may be cooked on a smoker. It needs to cook at 225 degrees for 3 1/2 hours. 


Calories: 78kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 35mg | Sodium: 996mg | Potassium: 198mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 1mg