Wild Game Nitrate Free Summer Sausage

In the HHH Episode #11 we talk all things meat prep- getting your wild game out of the mountains, home, and then how to make things like summer sausage yourself.  This is a simple way to enjoy your deer or elk, AND knowing what exactly is going into it!  

Wild Game Summer Sausage

  • 2 lbs elk or venison meat
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp liquid smoke
  • 2 tbsp mustard seed
  • 1 tbsp sea salt
  • Optional:  fennel seed, agave, or maple syrup for sweetness, red pepper flakes, black pepper for spice, or rosemary, parsley, oregano for savory. 
  1. Blend all ingredients in a bowl, which typically works by using your hands.
  2. Refrigerate the mixture for 24 hours.
  3. Remove from fridge and heat oven to 350 degrees. 
  4. Form the mixture into 3 logs. 
  5. Wrap in parchment paper. 
  6. Wrap in aluminum foil, that you have poked a few holes in the bottom of (so juices can get out)
  7. Place on oven racks, with pan underneath to catch juice, and cook for 1 hour. 
  8. Remove from foil, and completely cool before cutting. 
  9. We like to vacuum pack ours for freezing and storage. 

Not that good looking, but OH so great tasting!  

Ryan Lampers

StHealthy Hunter, 17515 Engebretsen Road, Granite Falls, WA, 98252