How To Make Homemade Salami

Salami and ham

Did you know that you can make your own homemade salami? It is fun to make, and delicious to eat. It is great for party trays, where it can be served with sliced cheese and crackers. Homemade salami can also be eaten in a sandwich. Making your own salami requires no special equipment. Here’s how to make homemade salami:

Ingredients and supplies:

  • 2 lbs. ground beef
  • 1/4 teaspoon each: salt, pepper, onion salt, garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons liquid smoke
  • 2 tablespoons Tender Quick Salt/curing salt
  • 3/4 cup water
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Aluminum foil
  • Shallow baking pan
  • Toothpick, sharp knife, or other instrument for poking holes
  • Baking rack (optional)


  1. Mix the ingredients. Mix all of the ingredients well by hand in a large mixing bowl. Make sure that all of the seasonings are incorporated into the meat. Then divide and shape into two sausage-sized rolls, each approximately the same size. They should be approximately two inches in diameter. Wrap each roll tightly in foil, with the shiny side of the foil facing the sausage. Then refrigerate the rolls for 24 to 36 hours.
  2. Bake the sausage. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Now, poke holes in the foil with a toothpick, very sharp knife, or other instrument. This will allow for the drainage of fat while the salami is baking. Then place both foil-covered rolls in a shallow baking pan. For best results, they should be placed on top of a baking rack in the pan. Salami can also be baked on a broiler pan, which will allow the fat to drain through. The baking rack or broiling pan will ensure that the salami rolls are not sitting in this liquid as they bake. Bake the salami rolls at 325 degrees for 1 1/2 hours.
  3. Remove salami from the oven. Remove the salami rolls from the oven. Take them off the pan, and let them cool completely before removing them from the foil.
  4. Enjoy! Slice the salami and eat it as lunch meat or with cheese and crackers. Store the unused salami an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Homemade salami is delicious and easy to make. You may be surprised to know that salami is just ground beef with seasonings. With homemade salami, you know exactly what went into the sausage, unlike many store-bought meats. Once you’ve made this recipe, try experimenting with other seasonings. Popular choices include mustard seed or red pepper flakes.


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