Hog casing for summer sausage in a pinch?

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I just mixed up 5 pounds of beef summer sausage to smoke tomorrow for a camping trip this weekend. I would usually stretch out the process over a few more days but this time I'm just making sure the cure has 24 hours to do it's thing. My problem is I just realized I only have a couple small-ish fibrous casings left so wondering if I can use hog casings. Anything I can do to make sure the hog casing peels off easily if I go this route?
 
Ya shouldn't need to peel off a natural casing, they're edible. or do a casing less sausage like bear does.
 
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If you don't have a problem making them a little smaller in diameter, I have the fix. I do this for my Beef Stick, which is kinda, sorta like a summer sausage.

You form logs about 1.5" to 2" in diameter. I season with coarse pepper, then wrap in clear wrap. Tie off one end and twist to make the wrap tight, then tie off, use a twisty band or a zip tie.
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I let mine refrigerate for 24 hours and they will firm up. The small diameter works better than a large diameter. Carefully unwrap and put on a rack and move to the smoker. Touch up the black pepper if needed. I smoke mine to 155° (you mentioned you added cure right?) . You could lightly spray with oil after an hour or two if you like.
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These guys look like there is a casing, but there is not, it's more of an edible rind. After you chill them down I'd wrap in foil for the camping trip.
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Ya shouldn't need to peel off a natural casing, they're edible. or do a casing less sausage like bear does.
Thanks! I know I can eat them, it's just more of a preference. Sometimes natural casings aren't the greatest texture when eaten cold (at least the ones I can get around here in a pinch). I totally forgot about just doing them without casing.
 
If you don't have a problem making them a little smaller in diameter, I have the fix. I do this for my Beef Stick, which is kinda, sorta like a summer sausage.

You form logs about 1.5" to 2" in diameter. I season with coarse pepper, then wrap in clear wrap. Tie off one end and twist to make the wrap tight, then tie off, use a twisty band or a zip tie.
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I let mine refrigerate for 24 hours and they will firm up. The small diameter works better than a large diameter. Carefully unwrap and put on a rack and move to the smoker. Touch up the black pepper if needed. I smoke mine to 155° (you mentioned you added cure right?) . You could lightly spray with oil after an hour or two if you like.
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These guys look like there is a casing, but there is not, it's more of an edible rind. After you chill them down I'd wrap in foil for the camping trip.
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Thank you! Those look awesome!
 
For my summer sausage I hand roll and wrap in cheese cloth and tie with cotton string. I Usually make 1# sticks and I let them cure about 24 hours. Makes it nice to hang the sausage during smoking
 
I worked with a guy that made all his deer sausage in hog casings . I like it like that myself .

+1. One of the coolest parts about sausage making is bending the "rules". IMO no right or wrong here just different. IE I use brat mix for summer sausage.
 
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The guy I mentioned above does all sticks or hog casings . They dry cure . Hangs in a barn with a 55 gallon drum and plate steel for a lid / smoke control . Lights the fire every night and lets it burn out , then lights again the next night . Adds green hickory twigs to the fire .
It's lip numbing , but it's just an old school way his family did it for years , and it's really good .
When it's ready he cuts all the hog casing sausage into chunks .
 
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