snack stick question

Discussion in 'Sausage' started by gene111, Jan 30, 2010.

  1. gene111

    gene111 Smoking Fanatic

    Ok going to grind up a chuckie to make some snack sticks using the high mountain pack. question is do i grind up & mix seasoning let sit for 24hrs then stuff & smoke or does it have to sit another 24hrs after stuffing?
  2. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I grind mine then put seasonings in it and let it sit over night. Then I stuff and put them right into the smoker.
  3. gene111

    gene111 Smoking Fanatic

    What size plate do you use?
  4. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I'm not sure what size grinding plate I use but it is one of the smaller ones that cam with my grinder. Not the smallest but the next size up.
  5. gene111

    gene111 Smoking Fanatic

    Thanks for the info I'll go give it a try. I'll post some pics tomorrow!
  6. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    We have cheap grinders so we don't like grinding it twice for our snack sticks so we just use a smaller grinding plate and do one time through.
  7. nickelmore

    nickelmore Smoking Fanatic

    I grind mine usually i think about 1/4 or 3/8 plate mix the ingredients real good, let set over night. Sometimes I re mix again, stuff them and throw them in the smoker.

    Cook to the temp of your choice, I take mine to about 153 or so for a half hour, shower and enjoy.
  8. tjohnson

    tjohnson Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Insider OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I grind once thru 1/4" plate and mix seasonings in (1) cup of water before I put in the ground meat. Mix ground meat and seasonings well, kinda like kneading bread.

    Did not see any pork in your post. I try to add 20% ground pork to my sticks, or they come out too dry.

  9. rambler

    rambler Smoke Blower SMF Premier Member

    I think you should stuff them before letting them set overnight. The binders in the seasoning may make it hard to stuff.
  10. que-ball

    que-ball Smoking Fanatic

    Gene, the 24hrs can come after mixing but before stuffing, or after stuffing but before smoking. Do not do both, though. Snack sticks will stuff easier if you stuff right after mixing the seasonings, before the cure starts to bind things up. Fewer blowouts that way.

    I grind first with my coarse plate, mix the seasonings and cure in, grind a second time with the coarse plate to further mix the seasonings in, then stuff with a vertical stuffer.
  11. I agree with Rambler Stuff and let rest overnite. Personally I grind with a bean plate first, then mix, let sit for about 20 min in freezer. Then I grind with a hamburger plate and stuff via a 5 lb vertical stuffer. Take right to smokehouse and smoke as per directions. Also I use Leggs snack stick mix with 3 tablespoons of brown sugar and 3 tablespoons of liquid smoke. Makes a nice mini Lebanon belonga.
  12. mulepackin

    mulepackin Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    My schedule is coarse grind (3/4"), fine grind (3/16"), mix, stuff then sit 24 or so hours. I don't like to add my seasonings before I final grind because I feel the salts, etc are a bit abrasive and corrosive, and can be hard on my plates and knives. Thats just me. Like everyone else in them stuff then sit camp, it gets too hard to stuff otherwise. Especially through the small tube that sticks require.
  13. dnovotny

    dnovotny Smoke Blower

    after stuffing the sticks make sure you hang them to dry--air dry to touch before smoking .. use this practice all the time when making sausage.. it will smoke alot easier..if you need to use a fan to help air dry you casings this will speed up the process
  14. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I also used the plates that came with my grinder. I grind the meat first with a 5/16th plate then mix it up and then grind again with the 3/16th plate and then let it rest in the refrig overnight and then stuff it the next night. Then smoke it either that night or the next day.
  15. Grind, Mix, Stuff Then Sit 24 Hrs Before Smoking. Meat gets stiff during cure time.

  16. bustintires

    bustintires Smoke Blower

    its like most of us. gets pretty stiff overnight. dont know why, must be magic i guess.

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