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Snack stick mistake?

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Hi guys!  It's my first time making snack sticks and summer sausage.  I'm making cracklins for the first time as well as I'm typing this.  I made the sticks and ss out of 50/50 Javelina/Pork.  The sweet Italian sausage I made last night turned out awesome with great flavor and I'm following the instructions on the LEM packet to the letter, but it doesn't say to slowly ramp up the temp in the smoker like I've read in here.  I set my smoker to 170* and the sticks reached 175* really quick!  I lowered the temp down to 130* and now I'm going to ramp up the temp after an hour and a half to 170* and see how they turn out.  My Summer Sausage seems to be doing quite nicely!

 

Will this plan work out for the sticks?  I want them to shrivel up nicely in the casings and cook completely through.  The Javelina is very lean so I'm not too worried about them turning out too greasy.  The sweet Italians turned out perfectly!  Not greasy at all!

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Originally Posted by JohnSWA View Post

Hi guys!  It's my first time making snack sticks and summer sausage.  I'm making cracklins for the first time as well as I'm typing this.  I made the sticks and ss out of 50/50 Javelina/Pork.  The sweet Italian sausage I made last night turned out awesome with great flavor and I'm following the instructions on the LEM packet to the letter, but it doesn't say to slowly ramp up the temp in the smoker like I've read in here.  I set my smoker to 170* and the sticks reached 175* really quick!  I lowered the temp down to 130* and now I'm going to ramp up the temp after an hour and a half to 170* and see how they turn out.  My Summer Sausage seems to be doing quite nicely!

 

Will this plan work out for the sticks?  I want them to shrivel up nicely in the casings and cook completely through.  The Javelina is very lean so I'm not too worried about them turning out too greasy.  The sweet Italians turned out perfectly!  Not greasy at all!


Should have reversed the temp and started at 130 then ramped to the 170. Sticks will shrivel if you let them room temp bloom.

 

Pics?

 

post #3 of 14
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I've got pics on my cell.  I'm not sure how to post them here.  So do you think I screwed up or are they salvageable?  I guess I'll find out either way.  Gotta love this trial and error stuff when it comes to the eats!

post #4 of 14
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Holy smokes, they turned out great!  I tried on of the small sticks it tasted awesome with just the right texture!  I've got the 5 lb batch sitting in an ice water bath and then it's time for hanging to dry.  Success whether I did something in the right order or not!  LOL!  Don't you wish everything worked out that way?  I'll try to post some pics later.

post #5 of 14

Cool .......John....  hope you can get the pics posted

 

Joe

post #6 of 14
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Bailed out on the cell pics, but I'm taking plenty of pics with my camera.  The Summer Sausage looks great and they're in an icewater bath right now.  I'll post the pics tomorrow.  Thanks for all of the great help and support!

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Thanks for bearing with me, guys!  It took me a while to figure this pic stuff out!  I've had it with photobucket and flikr.  I love the ease of the format for posting pics on this site!

 

As you can see, the snack sticks turned out great, but the summer sausage is off of the charts!  I made cracklins from the left over pork shoulder fat and these things are great, but be careful.  I think my heart quit beating after the second cracklin treat!  Thanks for all of the help and supportf!

post #10 of 14

Look really good and homemade cracklins...OMG we used to make those when I was a kid and butchered 4-5 hogs!!!

post #11 of 14

They look great!

post #12 of 14

John, I'll save your life! Just send me all those cracklins you made. That way your cholesteral wont go up.biggrin.gif

The sticks and SS looks great! Glad it turned out good for you! drool.gif

post #13 of 14

It looks great. points.gif

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Now your sauasages look good and I'm really glad everything worked out for you. Enjoy

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