Been lurking for some time, so I figured I'd post my attempt at snack sticks. I made a 5lb batch from 80% venison (sitka blacktail) and 20% pork shoulder. I had previously run the venison through the 3/16 plate and the pork shoulder through the 3/8 plate. I used this recipe:
So I let the liquid / spice mixture sit for the 30 minutes it said in the recipe (why?), then I mixed it in. Then we (my gf helped) stuffed it in the casings and let it sit overnight. Here's a pic from right before it went into the smoker.
Then it went in the smoker for 16 hours at 90º-110º, finishing when I got off work. I started bumping up the temp, trying to bump the temp 10º each hour. But I'm using a Masterbuilt Analog 30 smoker. So the temp ranges were quite wide...
So instead of a planned low and slow smoke it was more like 4 hours until it reached a temp of 160º. I used the AMZN pellet cold smoker (forget which kind of wood during this phase). Once it reach 160, I pulled them out and dunked them in an ice bath and let them sit out for about 3 hours then overnight in the fridge. They taste pretty good (my opinions and others)! Any thoughts or feedback would be appreciated! Thanks!
Edited by DrNo - 2/4/15 at 11:06pm