first and not last snack sticks

Discussion in 'Sausage' started by brooksy, Sep 13, 2014.

  1. brooksy

    brooksy Master of the Pit

    Decided to throw my hat into the snack stick arena. Started with some ground beef and country style ribs that I ground myself. Had a spice mix from gander mountain that I used in this trial run. After grinding my pork I mixed the two together then added my spice and cure mixture to the bowl. Mixed till good and sticky. Started the stuffing procedure with a couple of blow outs but it was smooth sailing from there. Made a lot more then I thought it was going to make for a five pound batch. Had them in the smoker for a couple of hours at the last temp I could keep it at. All in all they turned out pretty good. The two product inspectors think so as well. Oh I smoker these with apple wood chunks. Thanks for checking this out. Trying to post pics if it doesn't happen I'll keep trying :biggrin:
    Last edited: Sep 13, 2014
  2. We need those pics so we can say


  3. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member

  4. brooksy

    brooksy Master of the Pit

    First pic is after a couple of blow outs. Finally think i got the hang of it. Five pounds all cased up. Have to work on my sizing. On the smoker taking a nice heat and smoke bath. Final product! They turned out pretty good. At least my boys think they did. 
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  5. Looks very tasty. I sure do like snack sticks. I am about out. I have started using Bearcarvers Naked method.

    Happy smoken.

  6. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Tasty looking sticks Brooksy! I'd take a batch or two!
  7. brooksy

    brooksy Master of the Pit

    Thanks David! When I'm out of these casings I might try the naked method for them. When I did a summer sausage I did it naked and think it turned out pretty good.
  8. brooksy

    brooksy Master of the Pit

    Thanks Case! They were fun to make. Can't wait to eat them up so I have to make more! :biggrin:
  9. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Brooksy Looks good,what kind of stuffer are you using? I have to make me some after seeing these.

  10. brooksy

    brooksy Master of the Pit

    I currently have a grinder/stuffer combo from harbor freight. I will tell you the grinding part is a piece of cake. Stuffing with it gets a little complicated. The meat is so sticky it doesn't want to go down the hole. I will be saving up for a nice dedicated stuffer that's for sure. For a beginner like me tho I'll make it work for now.
  11. waterinholebrew

    waterinholebrew Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Looks great Brooksy, I just ordered a grinder & stuffer..... can't wait to get started !
  12. brooksy

    brooksy Master of the Pit

    Thanks Brew! Way back when I started making my own jerky I couldn't ever bring myself to buy that junk they sell in the stores again. I'm pretty sure I'll never buy those slim sticks again either. Can't wait to see the sticks you produce when you get set up.
    Last edited: Sep 14, 2014
  13. waterinholebrew

    waterinholebrew Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Brooksy, totally agree with ya on the store bought stuff.... Yuck in my opinion ! I've made my own jerky for years now but lookin forward to making the sausages & snack sticks ! Again, yours look awesome & bet they were tasty !

  14. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Nice looking snack sticks. I can see sitting around with friends and a beer enjoying those. Well done..

  15. brooksy

    brooksy Master of the Pit

    Coming from you Disco that is a very high compliment! I've seen the tubed meats you produce and they are all delicious looking. Thank you for the kind words.
  16. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Those sticks look great.

    Hope my first try turns out that good.
  17. brooksy

    brooksy Master of the Pit

    A super moderator could only produce super sticks! Thanks for the kind words Adam!

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