Jalepeno Elk Sticks

Discussion in 'Wild Game' started by thoseguys26, Apr 7, 2016.

  1. thoseguys26

    thoseguys26 Master of the Pit

    With a freezer full of elk meat and a full calendar ahead of hikes & fishing trips, it was time to make some snack sticks. 10 lbs

    I had some collagen casings (21mm) in my bin that were maybe two years old so I didn't know if they'd hold up but luckily for me they did just fine.

    The meat was coarse ground after harvest (Jan) and froze. I did a 90/10 elk to pork shoulder mix and added a lot of freshly ground dried peppers, garlic, etc (I'll have to dig out my recipe notes)..

    I did try something new. After I mixed the main cure and spices and rested it overnight in the fridge, I cooked down some finely chopped jalapenos and garlic (to take away the heat a bit since I added a lot of ground peppers) and mixed that in with grated parm and then ran it through the grinder with the fine plate. It really seemed to bring everything together nicely and should produce a nice even flavor and texture.

    In the smoker now, we'll see you in a few hours!

    Here's some Q

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    Fine Grind w/ add cooked jalapenos & garlic & parm - smelled incredible! The lady babe said to not bring raw meat and spices into the bedroom for her to smell anymore.. I just wanted to share happiness ;)


    Stuffed.



    Drying stage and low temp smoke. Bumping up 10-15° every hour.


     
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  2. Looking good man! I'll stick around to see how they turn out - they have to be good with elk  [​IMG]
     
  3. smokinadam

    smokinadam Smoking Fanatic

    Looking good I'll be waiting to see the end results!
     
  4. thoseguys26

    thoseguys26 Master of the Pit

    Color is forming nicely and the neighborhood smells great.

     
  5. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Wow. Looks great so far
     
  6. smokinadam

    smokinadam Smoking Fanatic

    Look very nice! If you were my neighbor id be there already!
     
  7. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Nice looking sticks!
     
  8. smokinal

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

    Nice looking sticks!

    Great color!

    Al
     
  9. thoseguys26

    thoseguys26 Master of the Pit

    I don't see these lasting long!

    Moist with a dry snap! Perfect! I just wish I made 50 lbs instead of 10. Light smoke, light saltyness, nice spice and garlic flavor.

    I did a 5 min cold bath, dried them off well and bloomed in a paper bag in the fridge for 24 hrs. My finest sticks to date [​IMG]

    Here's some Q!








     
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  10. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Great job. They look awesome



    POINTS
     
  11. thoseguys26

    thoseguys26 Master of the Pit

    Thanks Farmer!
     
  12. dward51

    dward51 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Those are some awesome looking sticks.  Great color!!!
     
  13. smokinadam

    smokinadam Smoking Fanatic

    Nice sticks! Points for those dandys
     
  14. thoseguys26

    thoseguys26 Master of the Pit

    Thanks! Cherry & Hickory blend. I thought they might come out smokier based on the color but they were very smooth.
    I took extra pics just for SMF!
     
  15. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Super sticks, Sir.

    Points for the qview.

    Disco
     
  16. crazymoon

    crazymoon Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    TG26, Nice job on the snack sticks. they look great ![​IMG]
     
  17. thoseguys26

    thoseguys26 Master of the Pit

    Thanks guys, I took them on a backcountry ski trip to the mountains and they were a hit. Such a difference from the fatty store bought sticks.
     

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