your stix and summer sausage look great. you will be hooked on doing it all in no time!!
and your reason for starting it all is the same as mine. Got tired of the high cost at the locker to have deer processed
so now since I have all the equipment I make sausage, salami , jerky , summer sausage all year long.
when the venison is gone I use beef and pork. probably make over 1000lbs this past year! I love doing it
my smoke house is in the works too, then I will be able to do 30 or more rolls of salami or 100# if sticks or polish keilbasa at a time!
when I make my jalapeno stix and summer sausage, or my jalapeno cheddar Brats I use 1 pepper for each 1# of meat
I core the seeds out and leave some of the vane