It consists of ground meat with various spices including cumin, sumac, garlic, salt, and red pepper, fed into a sausage casing and allowed to dry for several weeks. It can be more or less spicy; it is fairly salty and has a high fat content. Sucuk must be eaten cooked (when raw, it is very hard and stiff). It is often cut into slices and cooked without additional oil, its own fat being sufficient to fry it. At breakfast, it is used in a way similar to bacon or spam. It is fried in a pan, often with eggs, accompanied by a hot cup of sweet black tea. Sucuk also uses a meal material with haricot bean or in pastries at some regions in Turkey. In Bulgaria, raw, sliced sucuk is often served as an appetizer with raki or other high alcoholic drinks. In Lebanon, cooked sliced sucuk is made into sandwiches with garlic sauce and tomato.