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Homemade Spicy Hot Pepperoni Recipe

I finally got around to making and testing out spice levels for a Homemade Spicy Hot Pepperoni, totally clean eating sausage for anyone on Whole30 or the Paleo diet, or into Clean Eating and even for Gluten Free folks.

It’s a variation on one of my most popular posts from last year, Homemade Pepperoni, just worked over a bit for more heat. I hope you like this Spicy Homemade Pepperoni, it’s a real hit at my house.

Homemade Spicy Hot Pepperoni Recipe

Spicy Homemade Pepperoni

Spices for Hot Pepperoni

It took me a while and a few goes at the spice levels but I think I have the heat figured out. It involves a few powdered peppers that you can find at most good spice stores and real smoked sea salt.

I know the local spice shops or Penzeys will usually carry both of these powders and the salt. But I also found it on Amazon and most places that carry Frontier Spices too.

Spicy Homemade Pepperoni

Whole30 Compliant Pepperoni

When you’re shopping be sure to look for powdered chipotles and jalapenos only with no added ingredients. And the same goes for the smoked salts IF YOU’RE USING THEM TO BE WHOLE30 COMPLIANT buy the real ones actually smoked and not just flavored with liquid smoke.

If you don’t even care about Whole30 well then use about 2 1/2 teaspoons liquid smoke instead and add the same amount of plain salt. 

Spicy Homemade Pepperoni

Spicy Homemade Pepperoni

If you like this easy tasty recipe you might also like a couple of my other recipes:

Easy Homemade Ground Beef Jerky

Homemade Pepperoni

Rose Hip Ketchup

Homemade Sriracha

Bacon Cheeseburger Meatloaf

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Yield: 2 rolls

Spicy Homemade Pepperoni

Photo of Homemade Spicy Pepperoni
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Marination Time 2 days
Total Time 2 days 8 hours 20 minutes


  • 2 teaspoons ground black pepper or 3peppercorns*  
  • 2 teaspoons fennel seeds
  • 1 teaspoon dried red pepper or 1of dried pepper flakes
  • 2 teaspoons mustard seed
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon jalapeno powder
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle powder
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne powder
  • 2 teaspoons smoked salt
  • 2 pounds very lean beef
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons liquid smoke
  • 2 teaspoons honey


    1. *grind the peppercorns (if using), fennel seeds and the dried red pepper together in a mortar and pestle or a spice grinder
    2. mix all the dry spices together in a bowl and set aside, leave out any spices you don't care for, be aware this will change the flavor
    3. break up the ground beef in a mixing bowl
    4. sprinkle the dry spices over the meat and mix well
    5. once mixed add the smoke flavor and the honey and mix well
    6. cover tightly and refrigerate for 48-72 hours
    7. to cook: pre-heat oven to 200˚
    8. cover a baking sheet with foil and place a baking rack over it
    9. form the meat into two long sausages, about 12 inches each
    10. roll them firmly on a clean surface until they are well compacted
    11. gently transfer to the prepared baking sheet
    12. bake for 8 hours
    13. try to roll them over every two hours, they will be firm and this will help them maintain their shape and evenly cook
    14. remove after 8 hours and wipe them off
    15. let them cool and wipe again
    16. wrap and store in the fridge until chilled
    17. slice and use as desired

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11 thoughts on “Homemade Spicy Hot Pepperoni Recipe”

  1. This looks super interesting! I've never thought about making my own. On the rare occasions I buy pep for homemade pizza, I find an uncured kind, but I'm sure not all the ingredients are ideal, still.

    Do you freeze the cooked rolls if you're not going to use them within a certain amount of time? I would assume that the same rules for beef apply for these, but I'm sure they are drier…

    Checked out the not-as-spicy version too. Thanks for sharing these!

  2. why can’t I get to your homemade hot spicy pepperoni

    all clicks keep putting me back to homemade pepperoni

    I need the hot spicy one

    thanks so much

    • So sorry! I just switched recipe cards and the program has replaced a couple of cards for recipes. I’m working through the issue. Thanks for letting me know! I’ve updated this and it’s good to go.

  3. For the very first time in my life…I have purchased extra lean ground turkey. Would this recipe “work” using turkey?
    This will be my second attempt at making sausage. My first was your Summer Sausage made with beef! How delighted I was seeing how easy it was to prepare and how delicious!
    Easier than preparing a meatloaf for dinner! I thank you for that you have taught me so much. Trying a new recipe every week has been my New Year resolution for at least a decade… I fail at it miserably every year. I simply want to be a better keto cook. I will forge ahead with your sausage recipes in hand.
    Now back to the ground turkey…any suggestions?
    I also have extra lean Black Angus ground beef.

    • I don’t know! Turkey is much more juicy than beef, and I don’t know if cooking it slowly for so long would be a safe way to cook it. I would be afraid that a slow cook might lead to bacteria because it needs to be cooked to a higher finished temp.

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