Rogers That’d be my guess, it just looks like fat pockets, I could be wrong but that’s what it looks like to me. Sure gel is probably my favorite binder that we sell it’s a little more expensive than carrot fiber but it probably does a little bit better of a job, so if you are having a specific problem then I would say go with the sure gel for a batch or two and then see if you can get the same results with carrot fiber.
Smoking snack sticks
My pellet smoker is all on smoke so when it comes time to do the first part which is 100-110 with no smoke. I would have to buy an electric analog smoker and a PID to get it to stay a consistent 100 degrees for an hour. Well I have a curing cabinet I built and use. So for the first part can’t I put the sticks in the curing cabinet with a floor heater (one I already use for fermenting sausages) in it and keep it at 100-110 degrees for the first hour. Then I can transfer sticks to the pellet smoker once I need higher temps and smoke.
Buckscent That makes sense as long as it is able to hold that temp accurately. Can we see some pics of your curing cabinet with the heat source?