I have attempted snack sticks a few time with mediocre success. In hindsight, I think I smoked the sticks too hot on my UDS, where I struggle to keep temps under 190. Anyhow, I am ready to take another crack at it. Since my last attempt, I have added a cold smoke generator to my UDS, so I can now, theoretically, add smoke to the sticks without causing a "fat out".
In an ideal world, I would have a smokehouse capable of smoking and heating simultaneously, but I'm not sure I can reliably do that on the UDS. So, my plan dry the sticks for an hour, then hit them with cold smoke for 3-4 hours, then finish on the Excalibur Dehydrator at 160ish until done.
I modeled this after my favorite Jerky recipe. I LOVE smoke flavored jerky, but prefer the consistency of dehydrated jerky. So I typically smoke 3-4 hours, the transfer and finish in dehydrator. However, does this methodology really work for snack sticks where the goal is not to dry, but to cook?
Any comments or suggestions on my this methodology would be greatly appreciated.