First attempt at snack sticks.

Discussion in 'Sausage' started by matlocc, Oct 19, 2016.

  1. matlocc

    matlocc Fire Starter

    Well i read everything i could before attempting. I used collagen casings, although i think sheep may have been a better choice. I had quiet a few blow outs when i tried to pinch and fold. I smoked them up to IT of 153, then into a paper bag in the fridge.
    I need to figure out how to get them closer to the same size.
    I cant see how anyone could possibly make money doing this! Alot of hours for a small batch.[​IMG][​IMG]

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  2. nepas

    nepas Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Looks good to me.

    As far as making money? If you dont have the needed USDA stamp on your packaging, Money is the least of your worries. Having the G-Man on your 6 is the problem.
  3. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    They sure look good from here!

  4. driedstick

    driedstick Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Yeppers them look good,,,,, That is why most of us do it for fun,, I do alot of trading for my sticks,, for other things like fish or cheese to smoke,,
  5. soxfan79

    soxfan79 Fire Starter

    Looking good!
  6. crazymoon

    crazymoon Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    ML, Your sticks look great ! After smoking the sticks I just slice with a sharp knife  to get my size,the ingredients will stay inside the casing.
  7. matlocc

    matlocc Fire Starter

    Thanks guys. My kids already ate half of them.  Would I be better off keeping the links long say 18 inches and tie them off, then slice.  I tried to pinch and fold (collagen casing) and it wasn't that easy. I guess tying collagen is the way to go.
  8. redheelerdog

    redheelerdog Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Matlocc, your sticks look great, I tie mine and that works good, keep practicing, it will get easier the more you do.

    Good job.
  9. browneyesvictim

    browneyesvictim Smoking Fanatic ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    A lot more hours goes into making those dang things than you think for sure! A lot depends on the size and capacity of your equipment too.

    Kitchen twine is your friend. I measured the length (height) of my smoker (MES30)  and found that making the sticks 26" long, folding them in half, and tying them together at the ends to hang from on S-hooks worked pretty good. I can fit about 15-20 of them (19mm casings). Cut to desired lengths after smoking.
  10. matlocc

    matlocc Fire Starter

    Ok, why hang them?
  11. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    You can usually load a smoker with more sticks if you hang them, versus laying them on the grates.
  12. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Super sticks, Sir!

  13. I used to tie at regular intervals. That took so much time. Just as much if not more Han making the damn things. Now I just plop it on the island and cut with kitchen shears at regular intervals. I go 30 cms.
    You can just pinch and cut too. Much easier.

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  14. Just buy a bigger smoker. I did. Lol.

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