Slim Jim Straws (copycat) Didn't Work

Discussion in 'Sausage' started by nepas, Jun 20, 2016.

  1. nepas

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

    Got 5lbs of 80/20 GB. Mix is AC LEGG #116 and 1 tsp cure 1.

    Yup making slim jim straws.

    Finally making a dent in some of my sausage supplies...whew

    Cover/fridge for stuffing/smoking tomorrow. 15mm collagen.

     
    Last edited: Jul 7, 2016
  2. smokinal

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

    Wow 15 mm, they have to be hard to stuff!

    Al
     
  3. nepas

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

    I use the force------------Obiwan

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  4. driedstick

    driedstick Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    How are they coming along??

    DS
     
     
  5. nepas

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

    Was getting ready to get these in the smoker when i noticed a plug failure at the pole in the park. The maintenance guy had to go buy a new gfci plug and it took him while to get it installed.

    SO

    Got the stick stuffed last night and in the smoker this morning.

    Did 2 batches 2.5lbs ea. Sheep and 15mm collagen.

    Sheep


    I like to keep my area wet when using natural casings (just my way)


    Not my best stuffing job. Yes i do poke the natural to get some air pockets out.


    Collagen.



    Going with hickory smoke.

    As far as the hole in the middle for the straw, i have another way.

     
  6. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I can't wait to see how this turns out! My wife would never let me bring the rotor hammer into the kitchen!

     
  7. smokinadam

    smokinadam Smoking Fanatic

    that's funny! I hope you enjoy some grit with your slim jim!

    Nepa, those will be great in a bloody!
     
  8. nepas

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

    Y'all are meaning

    TRUE GRIT

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  9. driedstick

    driedstick Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Looking good so far!!! 

    DS
     
     
  10. nepas

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

    Well the sticks turned out great.

    I didn't use the bamboo skewers while smoking and i don't like he drill bit idea. Re thinking the hole thing.

    Here are the sheep casing ones. Maybe just plain ol sticks for now.

     
  11. crazymoon

    crazymoon Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Nepas , They look great w/out the hole!
     
  12. nepas

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

    Collagen sticks.


    Thanks CM
     
    Last edited: Jun 24, 2016
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  13. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    You are the sausage king, Nepas.

    I need to do me some sticks!

    Disco
     
  14. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    My only complaint is the thread title is misleading!
    Probably should edit it so poor newbies don't look at the thread looking for meat straws only to find out there are no meat straws...
     
  15. nepas

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

    So for your saying

    HEY

    Where are the slim jim straws?

    My way didn't work as when i took the skewer out of the few i did the meat collapsed into the hole. Bummer

    So they just came out as regular sticks. I did see them online and they are a few $. Im going to find a way to make these without the cave in.
     
  16. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Im telling you time to get the drill out!

    https://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2015/10/how-to-make-a-meat-straw.html
     
  17. nepas

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

  18. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I think freezing or partially freezing would be best.

    I used to use my sawzall to fillet frozen albacore tuna. Worked like a charm until the yellow jackets caught wind that tuna were being cut up.
     

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