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    Advice?/Input please regarding Ronco dehydrator

    Have seen the solid one used for fruit roll ups. Homemade apple sauce turned into roll ups is good. Wouldnt use for jerky
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    Ham extravaganza

    Nothing special really... Did my first one, a single hind quarter a few weeks ago. Was so satisfied with it, I decided to do a freezer clean out to make what would be about a years worth of ham to vac seal for the family. Wife and I have a surplus of deer meat this year... 6 deer in freezer...
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    Ham extravaganza

    No pics of bear. Didnt last long. Venison pictured below
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    Ham extravaganza

    2 bear roasts. 5 deer roasts. 2 deer hindquarters. Brined 8 days and injected. Smoked 8 hours. Finished on grill just to get to final temp. Venison holds more salt than bear... meat is more dense. Comparable to good salt cured ham. Bear ham has more marbling and is far superior.
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    Venison ham

    For sure. We always cook bear to 160. Trich freaks me out a bit.
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    Venison ham

    Yeah didnt trim because I had a family member gry to convince me that a ham that isnt mechanically packed or netted would fall apart. Figured it wouldn't, but left the entire quarter intact. Ended up peeling muscle groups apart and had very little trimmed off. No tallow or waxy mouth residue at...
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    Venison ham

    Right from the curing bucket. Used a cooler to lay quarter down. Think I made 4 gallons of brine just because of big awkward size
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    Venison ham

    Took it to 140. Then carved and heated in oven on tray for a few minutes so it was ready in time for dinner. Was planning on going to 150
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    Venison ham

    First time trying this. Have been brining a hind quarter since Christmas day, injecting every other day. Pretty simple brine... kosher salt, brown sugar, maple syrup, some spices, little bit of pink salt. Smoked today for about 9-10 hours on hickory. Some of the juiciest ham I've ever had...
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    Pickerel Deep Fried

    If you fillet them differently you can get 5 fillets off one fish with little to no bone. Picture a square rib cage. Fillet both sides of rib cage until end of rib cage. Then top of rib cage for a half moon shaped fillet and then finally, both sides of tail.
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    PA meets Montana. Smoked Muley

    Might have some venison ham for you to try. Day 7 of brining hind quarter. Probably smoke it this weekend.
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    Pickerel Deep Fried

    Pickerel is some fine eating. Top of the list. We used to make pickled pickerel. Fun to break out at gatherings for cracker snacks.
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    Pickerel Deep Fried

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    Venison Ribs

    Buddy of mine used to do them in crockpot until all the suet/tallow fat cooked off and floated to top. I'd start with that, then take crock pot outside and flood it with warm water until the tallow floats off (so you dont pull the ribs right back through the later of that waxy fat when removing...
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    PA meets Montana. Smoked Muley

    Couldnt tell you if I wanted, no idea where exactly we were. With a buddy in his old stomping grounds. Lost count, but probably saw 10 or 11 shooter bucks in 3 days. Fantastic trip, always love visiting Montana.
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    Temp issues

    Probably have resolved by now... but I used a 1500W element from a crappy old electric smoker. Mounted angle iron for it to rest on so air can circulate all around it. My unit takes about an hour to get to temperature and will hold steady at 225 to 250. Even in below freezing and windy...
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    PA meets Montana. Smoked Muley

    Took a hunting trip to montana in November and brought home a nice muley buck. Ate the first cut today (besides a heart cheesesteak the day after), smoked at 225 on hickory until IT hit 130. Delicious. Forgot to take photo of sliced, too busy picking at it. Currently have a whitetail hind...
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    New. Temp regulator

    New member here, been using various R2D2 looking cheap charcoal "smokers" over the years. Spring quarantine allowed me to build a my own smoker using a 1950s upright freezer and a salvaged 1500W element. Runs about 225 to 250 as is. Looking to drop the temperature down to 180s or lower for...
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