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Adding fat to sticks

IA pigsNcrops

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So I have tried making beef snack sticks, using our homegrown ground beef, but end result seems a little dry. We have excess ground beef from our locker, so I would like to use our own. Question is, would there be a way to add some fat to my existing ground beef to make a better snack stick? Not sure if bacon grease or any other options would work? Thanks


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Joined Jun 4, 2015
i think you could add some hard beef fat or pork back fat..and use some NFDM to retain some moisture maybe.


Master of the Pit
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Joined Jan 18, 2020
Back fat (hard fat) from pork will be your friend. Beef suit or hard beef fat is good also but run that fat up a bit. As much as 70/30, but 80/20 is generally good. You will have to guess the fat percentage of the ground first, then add accordingly.

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