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Summer sausage soft and sticking to casing


Smoke Blower
Joined Dec 3, 2011
This was my first batch this fall. Started making sausage last year, and really turned out good. We thought we had it all down pat. This is 65% venison and 35% pork trimmings from the butcher. Were using ps seasoning packs and really like em. Done a 25# batch. Using a #8 smoke hollow gas rig. Have to watch low end temp really close or will get too hot! Usually have door cracked and one burner on. The finished sticks look good tight casings and good color. What makes the meat stick to casing? And the stick is a little soft. I pulled at 154'. Using a small casing. 1"x12"


Sausage maker
Staff member
OTBS Member
Group Lead
Joined Apr 28, 2010
Hey  OC.... High temps could make meat stick to the casings along with casings that are getting past there shelf life and drying out. As for the softness I would lower the fat content to 20 percent.....

Thanks for posting......



Smoke Blower
Joined Dec 3, 2011
Yes Im doing the cold bath and then hanging at room temp with no drafts for a couple of hours.. Then in to the freezer. The casings could be part of it. They were ordered last nov. Just kept them in a plastic tote with season packs and misc. Like I said, I have trouble with the smoker getting to hot the first 4 hrs. But Ive got that fixed now. Cut up an old zebco camp stove and it fits perfect where the water pan goes. Will be very easy to regulate low heat. Also built and installed a smoke generator on the side. Thanks to all that replyed, I think you got nailed down. Will be smoking another batch in couple of wks. I'll get some pics and post


Smoking Fanatic
Joined Jul 12, 2011
I've had this problem the very first time I made summer with a gas smoker and the temp got up too high too fast. I really wanted to start making sticks and summer sausage and smoked sausage more so I bought an electric smoker. I personally know 2 people that have gas smokers still and they do NOT make summer or sticks because they cant get the temps low enough. They have this issue along with cooking the meat not smoking it.

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