Homemade Italian Sausage

I have been making a lot of pizzas on the grill this year. After a long time of testing, trying, and testing some more, I’m very happy with our homemade dough and homemade sauce. And now I can say I’m also happy with our homemade Italian sausage. It’s very easy to make but still packs a nice spicy flavor. It’s perfect for pizzas, calzones, or hoagies.
Homemade Italian SausageNothing beats a pizza hot off a charcoal- or wood-fired grill, specially if it’s loaded with homemade Italian sausage. I use a Kettle Pizza adapter on my 22″ Weber charcoal grill any time I want to recreate that awesome classic pizza flavor.

Also try my homemade beef summer sausage.

Homemade Italian Sausage

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 12 hours
Total Time 12 hours 15 minutes
Servings 3 pounds
Author Mike


  • 3 pounds ground pork
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/4 tablespoons dried parsley
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 2 teaspoons or more dried red pepper flake
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground fennel seed
  • 1/4 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried thyme


  • Place the pork in a large bowl.
  • Add all of the remaining ingredients.
  • Mix well. I found using my hands to be the best way. Just make sure you get all of the spices distributed evenly throughout the pork.
  • Let pork refrigerate for 12 hours before using to distribute the flavors. I froze it in 1 pound packages for use later on pizzas.

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