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Venison & Elk Summer Sausage

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I was fortunate to receive from a friend at church a large amount of venison & elk, some ground, mostly steaks & the like. I thought I'd go ahead and make some summer sausage with the ground. Using Len Poli's 'venison SS' recipe. First the dry ingredients:



Had four pounds of ground venison and four pounds of ground elk. Looked quite lean.



To this lean meat, I added 1.5 pounds of fresh-ground pork fat:



Next came the dry ingredients. I mixed the NFDM & Fermento with water and poured this into the meat mix:



After a good, thorough mixing, this was stuffed into four 2.5" mahogany casings. The leftover from the stuffer I fried up (chef's sample!). It tasted really good! The apple-wood smoke will only improve what I thought was an excellent tasting sausage!

This was my first taste of venison in over 15 or 20 years.


Into the smoker. These will get about 3-4 hours of applewood pellet smoke.



After the smoke, a quick poach and we're about finished... Oops!.....not quite!

Sometime during the 3-hour smoke, I must have had a huge temperature spike because when I opened the door to the smoker I saw this...



Four shriveled chubs hanging above pool of rendered fat!th_crybaby2.gif

I attribute the temp spike to my pellets catching fire and raising the internal temp of the smoker to well-past the 'fat out' stage.

I also blame myself for not keeping a diligent eye on the smoke (trying to do 10 other things) and so the results were less than satisfying. Shriveled, grease-filled chubs.....Our great dane got an unexpected treat.


Good news I've plenty more venison to use. So I'll give this another shot in the near future.



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It was looking so good! Until the end... thanks for posting your less than excellent results, it's not perfect every time. Bummer it happened but at least it was only a small batch!

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Looks arent everything....................................drool.gif



post #4 of 4

I had this same thing happen with a batch of kielbasa not long ago when a controller went breezerk!!! 30.gif
Luckily, I salvaged the kielbasa by using it in boiled dinner.

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