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Serves: makes 4 14 x2 in. logs
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5 lb ground hamburger (no lean burger)
5 Tbsp liquid smoke (found near barbecue sauce)
5 Tbsp morton salt tender quick (found in dark blue bag in spice aisle)
2 Tbsp coarse ground pepper
2 Tbsp mnced garlic
2 Tbsp mustard seeds

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CLARKSTON, MI (pop. 144,466)
Member Since Feb 2010
JANE's notes for this recipe:
When I married into my husband's family I learned they had a 75 year old tradition each Thanksgiving. It was making Summer Sausage. Not the usual casing sausage, but made with HAMBURGER! We have made oodles of this in our 30 year marriage and now our 3 grown sons do, too. We'll probably be making this 75 years from now...somewhere in our family tree. Venison can be used as well and it's delicious! The ingredients will make several batches of this sausage. The Tender Quick lasts forever.
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In a large bowl, mix all ingredients with your hands like making meatloaf. Cover and Refrigerate 24 hours. Take out and knead one more time then make 4 14x2 inch logs. Put them on a cookie sheet with 1-2 inch sides. Bake at 300 degrees for 3 hours. Take out and wrap in wax paper with aluminum foil around that. Refrigerate until well chilled. Serve by slicing and eating alone or with crackers and cheese.
NOTE: When rolling logs into shape, make sure you knead the meat and form a tight log so there's no cracks forming while baking.
IF USING VENISON: Venison is very lean. This recipe needs some fat in it so use 3 lbs venison and 2 lbs hamburger.

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user Kay Powers COOKINFOOL - Feb 26, 2010
I have a recipe like this also and you are right it is delish!!!!! A former husband who was a hunter help perfect the venison version.
user Robin DuPree robdupree - Mar 18, 2010
I sorry that I made a mistake....the photo is of your children....I still love your recipes....Have a nice day!!!
user JANE LOUISE lovinspoonful - Jan 15, 2011
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user L D windella - Oct 8, 2011
I've been thinking about making food baskets for Christmas gifts,this would make a great addition,Thanks for sharing!

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