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Salami Sticks – A Perfect Cured Sausage For Beginner

In this post I’ll show you how to make salami sticks yourself. Salami is a cured sausage and is one of the most challenging types of sausage to make yourself. 

However, unlike making a thick salami, the salami sticks are rather low maintenance when it comes to making them.

That’s why they’re perfect for getting started with homemade salami. Since the salami sticks are small and thin, there is less that can go wrong in the making process.

Nevertheless, a few important steps must be followed. But you can make them without a drying chamber and measuring pH values and humidity.

If you want to know everything about curing, you can find super detailed information about making salami yourself in this post.  

In this article I focus on the production of salami sticks and limit myself to the most necessary.

Here you can find the complete salami stick recipe as a video or to read through.

Have fun and good luck making it!

Making your own Salami Sticks– What do you need?

Salami Sticks-all ingredients


  • 70 % lean pork (700g)
  • 30 % pork back fat (300g)

Spices per Kg of ground meat

Sheep casings caliber 20/22

Equipment for making salami sticks

Meat Grinder

You need a meat grinder to “grind” the meat. The meat is chopped into small chunks with it.

Spice grinder / mortar

To grind your spices, it is best to use a spice mill. Alternatively, a mortar is also suitable. Or you can use already ground spices. I recommend to grind them yourself.

Sausage filler / attachment for the meat grinder / hand filling funnel

You need this to get your meat mass into the casing. For starters, a filler attachment for your meat grinder or a hand filler funnel will work for this. I use this one. 

Natural casings

For filling your mass you need natural casings. You can use sheep casings caliber 20/22

Making Salami Sticks- Step-By-Step Instructions

1. Cut the meat into strips or cubes. The size varies depending on how big your meat grinder is. The bigger the grinder, the bigger your pieces of meat can be.

Salami Sticks-cut

2. Mix the spices with the salt and Cure #1

Salami Sticks-NPS

3. Now mix the spices with the meat. Make sure that everything is covered evenly.

Salami Sticks-mix2

4. Now put the meat in the freezer for 1-2 hours.

Tip: Put the parts of your meat grinder also in the freezer. This will keep the meat cooler later on.

Salami Sticks-freeze

5. Now it’s time to grind the meat. Grind the meat once through the medium perforated disc.

Salami Sticks-grind

6. Now mix the mass with your hands for a few minutes until a nice binding is formed. 

Salami Sticks-mix

7. You can now fill the mixture into casings. I use a sheep sow caliber 20/22

Salami Sticks-fill

8. twist off the filled salami sticks. You can decide the length for yourself. 

Salami Sticks - twist

9. Now use a needle or a sausage picker to open any air pockets. 

Salami Sticks-needle

10. Hang the sticks for 24 hours at room temperature 20 – 25 C° (67 – 77°F). The bathroom usually works very well. If you want to be on the safe side, you can sprinkle them with a little water from time to time.

Salami Sticks-24h

11. After 24 hours you can hang the salami sticks in a cooler place. My Experience shows that anything below 15 degrees Celsius (59 Fahrenheit) will work. If you don’t have a suitable basement, you can even use the refrigerator here. However it is important that the salami sticks do not touch anything.

The ripening time depends on your desired degree of hardness. For me, 2 weeks are perfect. But this is a matter of taste.

If you let them dry for a shorter time, they’ll be more like Mettwurst. The longer you let them hang, the drier/harder they will be. It’s best to check the hardness once every few days to get a feel for it.

If you want to know more about hooping, you can find it in my salami article

Salami Sticks- two weeks

12. Your Salami Sticks are ready.  Enjoy them 😊. 

Salami Sticks-ready

How long is the shelf life of Salami Sticks?

Your salami sticks can be stored in a vacuum for several months in the refrigerator. You can also store them without vacuum in the refrigerator. However, keep in mind that they will continue to dry there and thus become drier / harder.


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  1. 2nd request for information regarding your different cures you refer to when mixing the spices. Thank you

  2. Hi, I thought cure#1 was for cooked sausages, and cure#2 was more for salami’s? Have you used cure 1 because of the size?

    1. Hey David, no I used Cure #1 because there is no Cure #2 in Germany. We use this type for all sausages and it works just fine. This applies to homemade and butchermade or commercialy made. I will write a detailed article about this next month.

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