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First Pepperoni

mneeley490

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From a Butcher & Packer kit. Made 10 lbs. worth.

7 lbs 95% lean ground  beef

3 lbs fatty ground pork

I don't like having to mop up too much grease when baking pepperoni on a pizza.

Made about 4-1/2 casings.


In the smoker (no smoke) at 110°, gradually increasing each hour until smoker temp was 180°, which was 10° more than the instructions called for, but it was getting late, and I needed to get to bed.



Cut in half while it was still a bit warm, so it doesn't yet have the classic look. Should be much better after a night in the fridge.


Taste was kind of mild at first, and I was a bit disappointed. But after a second slice, it starts to catch up with you.

 
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Your pepperoni looks excellent!

Nice job!

Point!

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Dang it,,, that looks good,,, couple slices please 

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That does look good!

After it rests a bit you should see more of the pep flavor as well.

Points for your first!
 

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Nice job.
 

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Looks Great, mneely!!
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Nice Job!


I think it's the Cayenne Pepper that sneaks up on you. At least it always seems like that to me.

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Looks tasty! Getting the urge to make some pepperoni!

Points!
 
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Looks great What size casing was that Point

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Perfect pepperoni.

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Nice job on the pepperoni
 

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Looks great! Pepperoni's on my "to do" list (My "to do" list keeps growing [emoji]128578[/emoji])
What casings?
 

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Waiting on some pics after a week resting.
 

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Looks great What size casing was that Point

Richie
I used the casings that came with the kit; stuffed, they were about 3" wide. The small piece leftover, I just wrapped in industrial-food grade plastic wrap. It can take some pretty good temps before melting.

I initially used the smaller chub for my Maverick ET-732 temp probe, but then I found the smoker probe was reading about 40° too low. I immediately got on Amazon and ordered an ET-733 that morning, and they had it to me by late afternoon, free same day delivery (and it came with a free set of Bear Claws!) I switched over and finished off the pepperoni. All told, it went about 11 hours.
 
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Here's a shot of one of 2 family-sized pizzas with the pep and some mushrooms, and here's also a tip. If you have a teen-age son, or one in his twenties, don't turn your back on the pizza. We ate the first one, and I cut up the second and put it in the fridge. The next evening, it was gone....
 
 
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