Beef Summer Sausage

Well, hot diggity dog! Get me some cheese and crackers and fast! This beef summer sausage came out tasting fantastic! Perfect texture, too. Boy, I could not have been happier with it. Great beefy flavor with a hint of smoke and pepper.
Beef Summer SausageI made my beef summer sausage ‘log’ a bit bigger round than I had thought, close to 2 inches. Not that that was a bad thing, but next time I’ll shoot for a size that fits more perfectly onto a cracker. A little meaty overhang isn’t a bad thing, mind you.

And I might add a bit of heat next time. I’m thinking that a few good sized pinches of red pepper flake ought to do it!

Also try my homemade Italian sausage. I love serving smoked sausage with my Sriracha mustard dipping sauce.

Beef Summer Sausage

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 16 hours
Total Time 16 hours 5 minutes
Servings 1 pound


  • 2 pounds 95/5 ground beef the leanest you can find, preferably
  • 2 tablespoons Morton's Tender Quick
  • 1 tablespoon Liquid Smoke
  • 1 teaspoon smoked black pepper or use regular black pepper and add a bit more Liquid Smoke
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt


  • Place the meat into a bowl and add the Tender Quick. Mix well. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  • The next day, start by preheating your oven to 225 F.
  • Add the Liquid Smoke, pepper and garlic salt to the meat and mix very well.
  • Divide the meat into two equally-sized halves and form into logs.
  • Transfer to a baking sheet and bake for 4 hours.
  • Remove and let cool completely before slicing thin and serving with sliced cheeses and crackers.