$12 Meat Mixer...

Discussion in 'Sausage' started by bkleinsmid, Mar 18, 2013.

  1. bkleinsmid

    bkleinsmid Smoking Fanatic

    Hi All.......I got asked to help make up some sausage last weekend......250 LB's worth. My first thought (besides...are you nuts) was are we mixing this in a bath tub? The answer was no......5 batches in a cooler. I told them that I thought it would take all day just to mix the meat and seasonings together by hand. They said no.......we have a $12 meat mixer....

    Couldn't wait to see that mixer. I don't think I would have ever thought of this one...

    http://www.lowes.com/pd_245395-5183...pl=1&currentURL=?Ntt=drywall+tools&facetInfo=

    Three types of seasonings.......70% ground pork.....30% ground beef......263 LB's of meat mixed and ready to stuff in less than an hour.

    If you try this, a word of caution, use a drill with a cord......1/2" or larger. That paddle will eat cordless drills in no time at all.

    Brad
     
  2. How about some video???? Interesting idea, but want to see it first!
     
  3. It would be worth a try. Post some pics if you do it.
     
  4. Well, my son mixed a 5 pound batch by hand, and told me to get bent when I mentioned 25 pound batch of jerky. ;)
     
  5. bkleinsmid

    bkleinsmid Smoking Fanatic

    I will give it a go with a 10 LB batch in a 5 gal bucket this week.....see if I can't get some Q-view with it. They also use it for mixing pancake batter for Scouts on there camping trips.

    Brad
     
  6. shannon127

    shannon127 Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    [​IMG]   too funny
     
  7. Looking forward to the report Brad!
     
  8. timberjet

    timberjet Master of the Pit

    I have used this device before. Works well but beware of slippery shoes or floor, When that meat is coldest  you will be spun around in a circle with a good half inch drill. Been there and done that, so hang on and feather the trigger if your drill has that. On that note make sure you have the off hand handle screwed into your drill as well so you don't spin your arm off. Hahaha.... Wish I had video, I was in A kitchen with Hardwood floors and 200 Lbs of deer sausage in A huge cooler. Went around pretty good till the meat warmed up a little bit. I am A 225 pounder too.
     
  9. bkleinsmid

    bkleinsmid Smoking Fanatic

    "Wish I had video, I was in A kitchen with Hardwood floors and 200 Lbs of deer sausage in A huge cooler. Went around pretty good till the meat warmed up a little bit. I am A 225 pounder too."

    I would have loved to see that one. These guys have done this before.....they had two guys holding the cooler and I was using a "Hole Hog" angle drill.. I even have the bruise on my leg to remind me....don't pull the trigger too fast...

    Brad
     
  10. boykjo

    boykjo Sausage maker Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    heres the video.....LOL

     
  11. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Interesting! Even if you don't have a proper drill the cost for both is under $200. Seems like a good deal for really large batches...JJ

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  12. couger78

    couger78 Smoking Fanatic

    Similar to the kirby bucket mixer I use for larger batches (powered by a large drill).

    The plastic blade has since been upgraded to a metal (SS) one. Makes quick work of a 12lb load. Less than a minute.




     
  13. Couger78


    Where did you get your mixer from, if you don't mind me asking ?

                                                                     Greg
     
  14. bkleinsmid

    bkleinsmid Smoking Fanatic

  15. jckdanls 07

    jckdanls 07 Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    It's a good idea.. BUT .. I'm thinking it breaks the meat down even further.. giving it more like a hot dog texture... I've heard others say that the real mixer attachment for grinders does this as well...
     
  16. bkleinsmid

    bkleinsmid Smoking Fanatic

    it will if you crank up the speed. Turn it at a slow/med speed and it does a good job. Now I will tell you that when I have the money, I will get a meat mixer. I do like them better but $12 for now is just fine.

    Brad
     
  17. That looks like a Dewalt assault drill.
     
  18. bkleinsmid

    bkleinsmid Smoking Fanatic

    I'm using a plain ol' Sears 1/2" drive drill in a 3 gal plastic butter bucket.......5 to 10 lb's at a time. I can run that with the bucket between my feet and have everything mixed and sticky in 3 to 5 min. Then I turn it out into a meat lug to make sure I got everything mixed.

    Every summer a group of us hunting and fishing buddies and families get together and spin a 175 lb (av) pig in the BBQ and while its cooking we pool together all of our elk, deer, and wild boar meat to make sausage Then we have about 200 to 250 lb's of meat in a large dedicated cooler, a big-ass drill motor, and 3 guy's......in about 6 to 10 min it is all mixed. Then it is off to stuffing. One of the guy's does a bit of butchering as a side job so he has a walk-in cooler. We set up all the stuffing equipment in the cooler and take turns stuffing. "IF" we start early before the adult beverages take over, the job goes fairly quick. Then all the sausage goes into the big smoker......next to the "pig-on-a-stick" and its our jobs to watch it all come together. Long day but SSOOO worth it.

    Brad
     
  19. buttburner

    buttburner Meat Mopper

    I just use my KitchenAid mixer on the lowest speed
     
  20. dutch

    dutch Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I've use my KA mixer as well. I find that using the dough hook doesn't emulsify the meat as much as the mixing paddle does.

    YMMV.
     

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