Hey guys, I tried my first go at hot links. I used a pretty standard recipe with cure #1 and smoked at 150-185 for about 2 hours, until the IT was ~154. These guys have a great personality because they are butt ugly, but taste so delicious. Any insight as to why they came out not looking like hot links? I laid them flat on racks as opposed to hanging them, and I used cherry wood. Maybe not enought cayenne? I guess I am not real certain what turns the links that nice red color. Here is the recipe, any help/insight is much appreciated. Thanks! -2 pounds lean beef -2 pounds pork shoulder -1 pound pork fat back -1 teaspoon curing salt #1 -2 teaspoons coriander -2 teaspoons black pepper -3 allspice berries ground up -2 tablespoons ground chili flakes -2 tablespoons sea salt -2 teaspoons cayenne -3 tablespoons minced garlic -1 cup of ice water Ground everything up. Stuffed it, let it sit overnight. Smoked as stated above. This picture is what it looked like after they were smoked and put in an ice bath.. Here is the inside, juicy and flavorful, so at least I have that.