first run through the grinder
about half way through
Take them out and let them dry and hour or 2 before you start smoking. Start out at a low temp with your smoker (120) and keep raising every hour or so until your smoker temp is 175. Then wait until your sticks internal temp gets to 152. Give them a cold water bath and set them on a rack so they can dry. Laying them on the shelf works but if you can hang them it works better. Your off to a great start!
Sure give them a try. They will get better after the bloom. They do look good.
"After the stuffing process was over it was into the fridge for a sleepover with Mr. Coors light"
You made me laugh with that part of your step.
How much meat did you use? Did I miss that? It looks like it didn't make much, and you're right: They probably won't last long!