Didn't know whether to start a new thread or tack onto the brat thread below... https://www.smokingmeatforums.com/threads/made-my-first-brats.272590/#post-1797241 So here we are with a new one! First off...necessity IS the mother of invention... I realized when stuffing the brats that having a 10-12" drop straight down from the stuffer to the counter was causing me problems controlling the sausage as it entered the casing. After looking online for an upright stuffer, I noticed the tube was almost at counter level, so as I can't bring the tube to the counter, I brought the counter to the tube...MUCH easier to control! Figured out I needed to put a little "tension", so to speak, on the casing as it left the end of the tube and sort of "ease" it towards the end...MUCH better! Figured out to maintain contact with the end of the tube and the meat as it entered the casing...no more bubbles! Figured out NOT to try to pack too much meat into the hopper at one time, but only about enough for (maybe) a 6" link at a time...much FASTER! Figured out NOT to run the machine too fast. I had followed the instructions to use the KA stuffer that said to run it on speed#4, but running it at speed#2 worked MUCH better. End result... It took me about 30 minutes to stuff 5lbs. They're sitting on the table with a fan blowing across them as I type (but I think I probably should have made the links before drying the surface...we'll see). All in all, this went SO much easier and faster than the brats...and MUCH less stressful. Now...how to I smoke these puppies in a charcoal bullet (yes, the recipe DOES include cure#1)? I've read (and read and read) about the need 140F in 4 hours for UN-cured sausage, but most of what I'm seeing is stepping up the temps in increments using an electric smoker, but mine is a charcoal smoker...I can't simply turn a knob and raise the temps when I want to. Being new to this, my biggest concern going into it was getting the temps UP and stable, but this requires keeping temps DOWN and stable...what to do? I did make a tube smoker that DOES work (3 tests, all 3 times it lasted right at 4 hours), but I failed to check the temp of the smoker while testing (mistake, I know). Anyway, just thought I'd share. I hope you all have a WONDERFUL Sunday!