I made sticks for the very first time yesterday and they were so horrible that I had to throw them away. I have made smoked polish several times with great results thats why I was surprised how terrible these were. Here's what I did: 4# Venison 1# pork fat 1t cure 1 cup water 8T AC #116 seasoning 4T buttermilk powder 1 1/2 t celery seed 17mm collegean casings(which were a pain to work with) In the smoker at 100 no smoke for an hour 125 degrees, 4hours heavy smoke start of the 5th hour--kept bumping up temp until internal temp hit 158 Ice bath after taken out of smoker then rested on counter. The sticks were very soft/mushy and the casings were pulled away from the sticks. Any help or advice would be very much appreciated.