Homemade Summer Sausage Aka Salami

Total Time
1hr 40mins
Prep 10 mins
Cook 1 hr 30 mins

This recipe is as old as the hills. I've made it for the last 50 years and it was old when I got it. I thought it would be a good addition, so that young cooks can see how easy it is to make a basic sausage. You can play with it, add more spice or whatever. I do suggest trying it as written first. Just as good as what you can buy, but you know what is in there. I make a double recipe and then freeze it. It is really easy and quick to whip this up and costs a lot less than store bought. Prep time does not include sitting in the fridge for 24 hours.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Mix together all ingredients in a nonmetal bowl. It is easier to mix the seasoning with the water, then incorporate the meat, using your hands to distribute all spices evenly (like making a meatloaf). A note, based on a review, do not over mix the meat or it will be tough. This is true about any kind of meat, work it just enough to get every thing incorporated.
  2. I use an ice cream bucket and place a lid on top.
  3. Refrigerate for 24 hours.
  4. Remove from bowl and roll into 4 rolls, about 1 1/2 to 2 inches thick.
  5. Wrap in aluminum foil with shiny side towards meat.
  6. Punch tiny holes along one side and place in a broiler pan with holes down to drain out liquid.
  7. Bake at 325 degrees for 1 1/2 hours.
  8. Remove foil and rewrap in plastic wrap.
  9. Ready to use or freeze.
Most Helpful

5 5

This recipe has been in our family for at least 4 generations and I make it every Christmas.Mine calls for 2T of liquid smoke and 3T of the salt. I have substituted the salt with pickling salt with great success!

5 5

Dammmmnnn!! This was awesome! So easy to mix up. Mine spent more than 24 hours in the fridge but other than that I followed the directions. Next time we might kick it up with a few red pepper flakes. My hubby went nuts over, my son ate three big slices at lunch and there is just the tail end of the first roll left. If I dont hide the other three they arent going to make Xmas...chances are I will be making more anyways. It is a definate keeper.

5 5

Wow how easy this was to make! I halved the recipe - as I had never tried making my own sausage and didn't want to take a big plunge. I was very pleasantly pleased with the end result! Thank you for sharing !