I would like to thank joe b for all of his help. This is the second round at my attempt to create a summer sausage with my own recipe (creation).
Although I am very happy with my final product, I still think it could be better.
I think I might be grinding the meat too much or maybe the third pass through the grinder (to stuff the sausage) might be making the meat more like a paste.
The final product doesn't seem mushy to taste; however, it looks like a much smoother consistency than that of the product I purchase from a pro.