Unstuffed Smoked Beef Pepperoni Sticks with Qview

Discussion in 'Sausage' started by bearcarver, Jun 11, 2010.

  1. What Is TQ ? I live in Ontario, Canada and Have Never heard of it
  2. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    "Tender Quick" cure.

    Made by Morton Salt.

  3. that's some of the best looking "dog chit" that i've seen in a while!   nice job!
  4. danmcg

    danmcg Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Wow I never even saw this till today.

    Thanks for sharing the recipe Bear, they look and sound excellent. I never tried a skinless one before, but why not. It's on my to do list!
    Last edited: Oct 9, 2010
  5. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Thanks Boatnut !

    Thanks Dan,

    Let me know how you like it.

    And make sure I don't miss it. I seem to miss more than I used to! [​IMG]

  6. danmcg

    danmcg Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    LOL. I'm not sure if it's me getting old or the new layout, But I miss a ton of stuff.
  7. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    That's what I mean. I know I'm on here much longer than I was with the old platform, but it seems I miss more than I used to.

    Then it really gets me mad when somebody uses one of my "Step by Steps", and they're nice enough to thank me on their post. 

    Then I don't even see it, and I don't even get to make a nice comment on their post!
  8. nwdave

    nwdave Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    I've got my favorites button for SMF set to default to the "New Posts" section.  It seems to work pretty good at catching most.  It's not 100% effective but at least it helps to keep up with you and forluvofsmoke and ...........  well, you know.  Oh, and I REALLY appreciate the "Step by Steps" you two put up.
  9. rrsteve

    rrsteve Fire Starter

    Hi Bear, I did a 3# batch of sticks using your recipe and they turned out great, my next batch will be bigger. I have a question for you, there was a recipe from Mortons that was similar to yours but yours sounded better. they used the same amount of TQ as you but they say to keep refrigerated and to freeze after five days old. I thought I would be able to keep the sticks at room temp. or take hiking, trips etc. not refrigerated because the sticks were cured. I didn't have to worry about this batch it wasn't around long enough but a larger batch may be a different story. Am interested in your reply.

  10. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Hi Steve,

    I'm real glad you liked it. That's why I put it there.

    I feel great every time somebody uses one of my step by steps, and gives me a good report.

    So far nobody has used one of them, without liking it, unless they were too kind to tell me about it.

    I got the basics of that recipe from Morton's. I just adjusted it a little.

    You do have to keep it in the fridge, and should freeze after 5 days.

    I have had it in the fridge a little longer, but I wouldn't keep it out of the fridge for too many hours.

    Just because it is cured, doesn't mean you can keep it out of a fridge like a Slim Jim. They use all kinds of preservatives in those things.

    Think of it more like Bacon, which is cured using more cure than this stuff.

    I really don't know how long you could keep them out of the fridge---like in your shirt pocket---Probably a few hours----Just don't take too long a hike!

    Some kind of insulated sleeve for a few of them would probably help. LOL--I'd have no problem with the kind of hikes I take!


  11. chuckie53

    chuckie53 Newbie

    I am new to the website and always looking for items to smoke on my Mastebuilt Smoker Model 20070210, and read about your skinless Unstuffed beef sticks. So I wanted to pass along to you what I saw on the Food Network last night. The show was a restaurant where they used corn husks to wrap their beef stick into then smoked them. they claimed it help keep the shape and allowed the smoke the penetrate the sticks. i was going to try your recipe and use the corn husk also. What do you think of the idea?

    Thx,  Chuckie53[​IMG]
  12. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Definitely sounds interesting. If you do that, please keep us posted.



    BTW: Chuckie, you should stop in at "Roll Call", so a whole mess of great people can give you a good welcome to this forum.
  13. two much smoke

    two much smoke Smoke Blower

    These sound awesome can you tell me what TQ is.
  14. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    "Tender Quick" is a home-curing meat cure. It is used to cure Bacon, dried beef, Canadian Bacon, and many other things, so they can safely be low temp, slowly smoked to get the full benefit of smoking meat.

    TQ is made & sold by Mortons Salt. I buy mine at a grocery store near my home. If you have trouble finding it, there is a sealer search somewhere around here. If you want to get some, let me know and I'll help you find it.

    There are other cures that can be used, but TQ is my favorite. I think there is less chance to screw up with TQ.

  15. I am going to try this tonight.  Do you have to have it in the fridge for 2 nights or can you do smoke it the next day?
  16. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I did that because of making them without skin (casings). I put it in fridge to get it to harden up some, before rolling. Then I put them in the fridge again after rolling to firm them up again. I would imagine you could shorten that up some---maybe a few hours for the first part, but most of the night for the second part. I would think it should be about 24 hours total, because of needing time to cure, so it's safe to smoke low & slow for longer than 4 hours.

    Last edited: Nov 4, 2010
  17. upsman

    upsman Meat Mopper

    Hey Bearcarver Love the pepperoni sticks recipe with Qviews. I have a Jerky shooter with different tips and was wondering if this recipe would work in a dehydrator after an hour of smoke in the smoker? still can't find a  simple really tasty pepperoni stick recipe for lean grnd beef for the dehydrator.
  18. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I don't know anything about dehydrators. I would worry about it being safe. I take these up to about 165˚.

  19. t-bone44

    t-bone44 Newbie

    Hey Bear....If I am using venison instead of beef what would the ratio between deer and pork/beef be? Would you use beef or pork?

    Thanks for the advice....
  20. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Sorry, I just saw this.

    It's really a matter of taste:

    If I was using Venison, I would probably add Pork like "Pork Butt", and make it about 60% Deer, and 40% Pork.


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