Fat rendering

Discussion in 'Sausage' started by ctonello, Feb 16, 2015.

  1. ctonello

    ctonello Smoke Blower

    So I have made 10 lbs of sausage, this is my first time using pure pork fat and adding it. I made 5 lb of Moose sausage and 5 lbs deer pepperoni. I smoked the Moose sausage yesterday and finished it in the oven, the temp got too high a few times and all the fat rendered out and sausage is not very good at all. So today im trying the deer, the temp never got over 160 not even once and thats using 2 thermometers and the fat rendered out again. This time I tried poaching them. Ugh I'm sooo frustrated. Never had this happen when mixing with ground fatty pork. Only seems to be a problem when I tried using pure pork fat. What is my problem here?
  2. "pure pork fat"

    What exactly did you use?
  3. wolfman1955

    wolfman1955 Master of the Pit

    Sounds to me like the fat you used was belly fat not back fat. Belly melts at alot lower temp. than back fat.
    Keep Smokin!!!
  4. nepas

    nepas Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

  5. ctonello

    ctonello Smoke Blower

    I just asked my butcher for pork fat, didn't know it made a difference. So seems I have belly fat is it good for anything because I have about 15 lbs of it.
  6. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

  7. reinhard

    reinhard Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    What was the fat/lean ratio and did you use a binder like powdered dry milk.  I should also add that many places have "enhanced pork" so if you had some of that, keep in mind that there will be extra moisture in that fat [which is a sodium solution of 9 to 12 or so].  I usually use powdered milk and I have no problem with fat rendering out of anything I make.   Reinhard
    Last edited: Feb 16, 2015
  8. ctonello

    ctonello Smoke Blower

    I didn't use a binder but I never have before and haven't had this problem. The ratio was 80/20. The fat I got was still on the rind so it was the real deal but I guess from the wrong spot on the pig. Looks like I have 15 lbs of coyote bait now.

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