Last smoke before my son heads back to skool

Discussion in 'Sausage' started by crankybuzzard, Dec 30, 2015.

  1. crankybuzzard

    crankybuzzard Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    After all of the smokes Spencer and I did over the last 2 weeks, we realized yesterday afternoon that we had 3 pounds of ground beef and 1 pound of pork left. So, we made some summer sausage snack sticks for one last smoke. He won't be home for an extended period for a while, so we made a few more pounds for him to take back.

    The meats were already ground so we just tossed them together, added some spice, peppercorns, cure, and cheese, then mixed and stuffed. No action shots of the making, but here's the final results.

    For those that are new, I used the following process for the smoking on these sticks:

    4:30 PM - Removed the sticks from the frig and allowed them to come close to room temp. Set the temp controller to 120 on the smoker.
    5:00 PM - placed the sticks in the smoker without smoke and inserted the temp probe into the largest stick. This allows the sticks to dry a bit and begin slowly warming.
    6:45 PM - bumped the temperature up to 130 and added alder smoke with my AMAZEN smoke tube.
    7:15 PM - bumped the temp to 140
    7:45 PM - bumped the temp to 150
    8:15 PM - bumped the temp to 160 (seeing a pattern yet?)
    8:45 PM - bumped the temp up to the final temperature of 170
    9:30 PM - sticks IT is 147
    9:55 PM - sticks IT is 152 so I pulled them from the smoker, brought them inside, and dunked then into an ice water bath for a few minutes
    10:05 PM - took pictures and sampled. Mmm, good stuff! :drool

    So, it took just under 5 hours for 22mm snack sticks to get to an IT of 152, but they are moist and the casing has a nice snap to it. Summer sausage, in 1.5" - 2.5" casings, would have taken at least 10-18 hours. Yes, this is a long process, but you get quality results.


    Can you tell that the boy loves some cheese in his sticks? :biggrin:
     
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  2. bdskelly

    bdskelly Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Awesome sticks buddy! 

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  3. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Lookin good! Is that a whole peppercorn I spy?
     
  4. crankybuzzard

    crankybuzzard Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks BD!  As of now, it looks like the kiddo will be taking 18 pounds of assorted snack sticks, 5 pounds of sliced loin ham, and around 3 2# chubs of SS back with him.  I say around 3 chubs because he's snacking on one right now!
    Good eye!  When we see them in the snack sticks, we call them peppercorn warts!  Peppercorns and cheese are loved by the kid and his buddies.
     
  5. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I imagine there are not shortage of buddies when he returns with all the goodies too!

    "My mom got me a new car for Christmas"

    "My Dad and I made snack sticks"

    "I swap my car......."

    "Domestic or import?"
     
    Last edited: Dec 31, 2015
  6. Nice Job as usual,  Making my mouth water   [​IMG]

    Gary
     
  7. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Terrific looking sticks. Point.

    What will your son eat the second week back?

    Disco
     
  8. crankybuzzard

    crankybuzzard Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    That's funny stuff! I can see it happening as well!

    Gracias! Yeah, he and I were talking about how long the sticks and stuff would last. He said he plans to hoard some of it and not tell his buds about all of it. Smart kid!
     
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