I decided to break in the new house with some sticks, can't really mess up sticks so this should be an easy way to see how the house is going to work! Local grocer had 85/15 ground round on sale as cheap as I could find chuck anywhere else so I picked up 25lbs of it, might as well go big if I'm going to burning electricity! The first time I tried making some sausage I used a recipe I found and it didn't turn out so good so I decided to stick with premixes for awhile until I get the hang of this. I mixed up 5 different flavors last night. 5lbs of Lem Hot 5lbs of Waltons Gigawatt Hot 5lbs of Waltons Tex/Mex 7.5lbs of Waltons Willie's This morning I stuffed it all into 19mm smoke collagen casings, it went well, only one blowout! Got it all hanging with the PID set to run 120*-170* ramping 10* every hour. So far it is running just like it should. I have my two Mavs hanging about mid level and the thermocouple is right at the top rack. The Mavs have been reading 4*-5* hotter than the TC at the top but that's close enough for me! Filled up the AMNPS with Pitmasters Choice and lit both ends and it's puffing nice TBS out both top vents. I was concerned that just one AMNPS wouldn't be enough but so far it looks good, we'll see how the flavor is later. Sticks are a hangin': I also put in a couple of my jerky racks with the AMAZEN Q-Matz just in case anything falls: So if anyone was doing their math earlier you see I forgot 2.5lbs. Does anyone remembers this from last night? OK we had some good tries at identifying it last night and some came real close but I don't think anyone got it. This is a Trinidad Scorpion Chile. A friend of mine is growing them along with a whole bunch of other varieties, he loves the hot stuff and is wanting to start marketing his own hot sauces. Might just see some interesting pepper and sausage combos coming in the near future! Anyway, I pureed the chili and mixed it in the last 2.5lbs along with the Lem Hot mix, I don't think Lem's Hot is hot at all, the last time I made it I added a bunch of cayenne and red pepper flakes so I figured that would be a good mix for the Trinidad! Would anyone care for a drink of this? Here are the sticks 2 hours in, starting to take on some color: Thanks for looking! Will be back later with the finished product!