Pepperoni snack sticks with Q-View

Discussion in 'Sausage' started by nwbhoss, Jan 7, 2010.

  1. nwbhoss

    nwbhoss Smoking Fanatic

    I just fininshed 10lbs of snack sticks using High Mountain Pepperoni mix. One think I did not do was a ice bath to cool them and I wish I would have [​IMG] They would have turned out much better. Here are a few pictures.

    Mixing the beef and spices

    Filling the casings

    Ready to hit the smoker

    I filled them too full, next time they will be smaller.
    Here they are in the smoker at 200*

    after some TBS
    Sorry about the sideways picture

    as you can see I did a couple Fatties as well [​IMG]

    I made some short and some long, some full some less full to see what worked. This is my first try at this and I wanted to do some testing.
    The finished product
  2. waysideranch

    waysideranch Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Points from the Wayside!
  3. fire it up

    fire it up Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    They sure look pretty, wouldn't turn my nose up at them if you offered [​IMG]

    I liked the pic of the couple of fatties in there too.
  4. mulepackin

    mulepackin Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    They all look pretty good to me. Nice job!
  5. the dude abides

    the dude abides Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    That is awesome. How'd they taste?
  6. thunderdome

    thunderdome Master of the Pit

    What would they ice bath have done to the end result(I dont know enough about smokes like this)?
  7. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    What he said !
  8. marksmith

    marksmith Newbie

    They were awesome!

    They stayed nice and full due to cook temps IMHO.

    Next time start @ 100 for an hour no/little smoke then 3 hrs of smoke @ 100-120 then finish for an hour @ 170-80 until internal temps are up. They will dry out and shrink juuuuust fine.

    IF you are not satisfied with them I will take ALL of them off your hands for you.

  9. nwdave

    nwdave Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    I just want to know how he's keeping the temp so low with his GOSM??????

    [​IMG]for a fine looking effort.
  10. marksmith

    marksmith Newbie

    I will let HOSS chime in .... but is ANYTHING around that place stock?

    IIRC he was smoking these @ the same time as the fatty's.. I think his temps on these were 225 give or take.
  11. cheapchalee

    cheapchalee Smoking Fanatic

    I have read in different post about the rapid cooling after taking them out of the smoker. What does this do, does it cause them to be firmer, or does it have something to do with the casing?

  12. scpatterson

    scpatterson Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Those looke awesome..How did you like the kit?? I just finished mine using the same kit
  13. morkdach

    morkdach Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    wow nice & like they said how was the taste test[​IMG][​IMG]on the qview
  14. striper

    striper Meat Mopper

    Hey Hoss looked great. How about setting a few aside for me till I can get back to try them?[​IMG][​IMG]for the job. And I to want to know how your getting smoke at such low temps in the GOSM.
  15. nwbhoss

    nwbhoss Smoking Fanatic

    As far as the smoker goes when I first got my Cabela's Premium Vertical Smoker I had a problem with the burner it would only run a nasty orange flame and would not clean up. I tore it apart and put on a new regulator and thast did no good either so I called them up to see about getting a new burner (I did NOT want to put that thing back in the box!!!!!!!!) or drive 2 hours to return it. They were willing to do whatever I wanted to help out [​IMG] I then got tired of waiting (I have a turkey to smoke for Thanksgiving) and returned it for a new one. One thing I notices was another one just like it at the return area [​IMG] kinda made me worry what I had gotten into. SOOOOOO I get the new one home put it together and the SAME thing happens. Now I am bummed........... A couple days later a new burner arrives from Cabelas and it looks a lot different from the hose off the tank to the burner itself and I swap it out and TADA!!!!!!!! It works great, I can turn it down as low as I want and it will go to 250* easy [​IMG]

    As far as the cold water bath I hear it helps keep the casings tight and the final product turned out great. They taste awesome!!!!
  16. nwbhoss

    nwbhoss Smoking Fanatic

    Here they are all done and packaged
  17. point blank

    point blank Fire Starter

    The ice bath, or the cold water shower, would have put a quick stop to the cooking process. I don't know that it would have necessarily changed the taste, but it may have kept your sticks a little bit more moist. Rinsing the sticks with cold water is kind of cosmetic thing. The biggest thing that it does is keep the sticks fom "shriveling up", but they look fine to me. Good job.
  18. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    They Look Great...[​IMG]
  19. nwbhoss

    nwbhoss Smoking Fanatic

    Thanks guys
    I am pretty happy with how they turned out [​IMG]
  20. got14u

    got14u Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Cold water baths or shower are for shrinkage not much to do with taste...Those look great. I need to make some of those bad boys. How did the smoke fat do at the higher temps. Just curious for when i do them.

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