I make my own summer sausage and salami. Just made 90 lbs out of elk, antelope and pork. You can buy the stuff you need individually for smaller batches but I buy the kits and do 15 lbs at a time. I smoke it but you can add liquid smoke and cook in the oven. Its not hard to do once you learn how but it is time consuming - takes about 8 hrs to cook/smoke. Paddler I use pork butts about the cheapest easiest way to get pork in it and you do have to get some pork it it or it will be very dry - I use 6-8 lbs in a 30 lb batch. I made some goose last year and will again this year. You can grind your meat in a food processor but it is slow.