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What is the difference as far as content-pork, beef?

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Pepperoni is a variety of Salami. Salami is a dried sausage which can be made of pork, beef, veal, horse, donkey, poultry or game. Different spices, smoking and vegetable ingredients give the different salame their particular taste.

Pepperoni limits its ingredients to beef pork and poultry and belongs to the more spicy varieties of salame.

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So a pepperoni is always a salami but a salami isn't always a pepperoni? – Katey HW Aug 21 '11 at 7:05

Pepperoni is simply a variety of hot salami, derived from Italian salami (soppressata from Calabria or spicy dry sausage from Naples). If there is any difference in the pork/beef ratio, that is not what makes the difference between salami and pepperoni; some variety would use more beef, but that is just a regional difference.

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Salami is a generic name used for a product made of ground meat, seasoned and then cured (or smoked). There are countless variations of Salami (here in Italy for example, i think every region has more than one traditional Salami). They can differ from each other on the meat used, the granularity of the grinding process, spices, use of just air or smoke as a method of curing, additional additives and preservatives (usually in industrial produced salmi), curing time..

Pepperoni is simply one of those variations and usually it's smoked and spicy, with a fairly fine grain.

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Salami is meat. Pepperoni is dried meat.

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Salami is a type of dry sausage. Pepperoni too. Also, "dry meat" is somewhat misleading when you are talking about dry sausage, it's normally reserved for pastrami style dried meats. – rumtscho Jun 12 '15 at 7:35
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