1st ever sausage attempt....pepperoni sticks w/ QView

Discussion in 'Sausage' started by bls7373, Jan 21, 2012.

  1. First of all thanks everyone for giving me some tips on my last thread.  This was my first time making sausage, so I used the Hi Mountain pepperoni kit.  I made 2.5 lbs of 80/20 ground beef. 

    The goods...

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    All measured out

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    And the fun begins

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    All stuffed and going into the fridge to cure

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    Into the smokehouse to dry for an hour

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    So much room in there!

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    Almost done

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    Finished product after the ice bath and bloom

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    Money shot

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    Well it's official, making sausage is fun.  Thanks for looking everyone.
     
    Last edited: Jan 21, 2012
  2. poopypuss

    poopypuss Smoke Blower

    Nice!

    The sausage stuffer makes that look a whole lot less time consuming than using a jerky press like I (used to) do!

    I just got a 5 lb stuffer from Norther Tool yesterday.

    You didn't soak the casings either... I just discovered that trick yesterday as well.

    Instructions are for the weak!
     
  3. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Looks Awesome!...JJ
     
  4. That's the stuffer I have.  It worked great.  No I didn't soak the casings at all, seemed to work well without doing it.  Good luck and have fun!
     
  5. uncle_lar

    uncle_lar Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    you most definately do not ant to soak Collagen casings. you will ruin them and stuffing them will be almost impossible

     your sticks look  great!
     
  6. nepas

    nepas Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Good job on the sticks.

    Gotta dis agree with uncle.

    I have soaked collagen casings for (2 mins) and had great results. However not recommended if you have a limited amount of collagen. When you have enough collagen that will stuff 2000 lbs you can try it. Your results may vary.
     
  7. bluebombersfan

    bluebombersfan Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I have soaked the casings from those Hi Mountain kits before and they worked great.  I just thought it took a bit more time to dry them out before I would start the smoke.

    Brian 
     
  8. johnnie walker

    johnnie walker Smoking Fanatic

    bls7373, the pepperoni looks like it turned out good. I use the same kit and I don't soak my casings either. Just put them on the tube and go to town.
     
  9. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    First time?  Ya done good!

    Good luck and good smoking.
     
  10. boykjo

    boykjo Sausage maker Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    looks great........................[​IMG]

    Joe
     
  11. jrod62

    jrod62 Smoking Guru Group Lead OTBS Member

    Looks great,
    just made some today with cheese in them .
    Going in the smoker in the morning
     
  12. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    They look really good! I like the smokehouse too!
     
  13. couger78

    couger78 Smoking Fanatic

    Indeed! The smokehouse looks like it'll hold a boat-load of sausages, too!

    time to get crankin'! [​IMG]

    - Kevin
     
  14. Thanks everyone, yeah it's hard to say how many pounds of sausage my smokehouse will hold.  One way to find out! 
     
  15. poopypuss

    poopypuss Smoke Blower

    I changed my avatar to show the soaked casings and 3 1/2 hours of stuffing with a jerky gun!
     
  16. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    The sticks came out great - great looking smokehouse
     
  17. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

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    Your sticks look good but you really need a grinder and try them from scratch.
     
  18. mballi3011 - I agree, I plan on getting one evantually.  I wanted to try out sausage making first and see how I liked it and how good I was at it.  But now that I've made two batches, I've realized everyone is right.  Sausage making is addicting and I can't wait to make more.  So I'm sure a grinder is in my future.
     
  19. Great looking sticks...I'm envious as I'm waiting for my stuffer to arrive!
     
  20. Great looking stix. Are you sure it's your first time? [​IMG]
     

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