Jonathon I agree pork fat would be better, however the small place I have my elk processed doesn’t have pork to add. I generally have pork fat to add if I need additional. The casings I used were the tubed natural hog 35-38mm. Smoke schedule was 150 for 3 hours, 160 for 2 hours them 170 to an IT of 150. Using a Yoder pellet grill, it was also the first time using the Yoder for smoking, so me figuring it out may be part of it too. I gave some to a friend and he said it was really good, so it could just be me/the link I cut into for a snack.
Wild Turkey Sausage
A freind of mine will be bringing me two wild turkey breasts from birds he shot this season. My simple plan is to grind and mix with equal amounts of pork butt. I plan on using the Beer Sausage seasoning mix from Waltons.
Any suggestions to improve on this plan?
@slotown Good to have friends like that! I’d absolutely add a binder of some sort like Super Bind as that is Carrot Fiber and Potato Starch, the potato starch forms a gel at the same temp that meat really starts to excrete water (around 135) so it can absorb that and the carrot fiber can hold up to 26 times its weight in water, or if you don’t want to spend that much money on a biner then Carrot Fiber or Sure Gel. No matter which one you choose a binder will help when combining two different proteins.
Make sure the 50% that is pork is a fatty portion too, my favorite to use is pork butt for sausage.
I’d also add some Hi Temp Cheddar cheese.
I just ordered the super bind. Hopefully it will get here in time. If not I have carrot fiber onhand.
What about the seasoning?
@slotown I will generally add fresh peppers, onions and fresh herbs into my second grind to boost flavor.
@slotown Beer Brat is a good choice when making an all pork brat, I am not sure how it will do 50/50 with wild turkey. When I do wild game I tend to like to add a stronger tasting seasoning and Beer Brat, while very good, is more on the mild side. You could add a strong tasting beer to add some more kick to it. I wouldn’t use an IPA, Ive never had good luck cooking with them, a Barleywine style ale or maybe even a stout might work well though!
It should be ok, you may need to increase the fat percentage or add binder. it will get dry if you don’t. good luck
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Thai peanut sausage!!!
Not to change your plans but, I did this with pheasant and it was great.
I found this recipe online.
3.5 lbs poultry
1.5 cups salted & roasted peanuts
1 cup Sticky, short-grain rice
3/4 cup Coconut milk
3 Tbs green onions, finely chopped (45g)
1/4 cup Chopped Garlic (36g)
1 cup Chopped Cilantro (35g)
30g Kosher Salt
22g Brown Sugar
6 tsp Hot Chili-garlic sauce (‘Rooster’-brand)-add more if HOT is desired
1 Tbs Sesame oil
6g fresh ground black pepper
5.5g Ground Galangal (option: ground ginger)
24mm or 28mm sheep casings
Cook & cool rice first.
Bone chicken, reserving all meat, fat AND skin. Chill until partially frozen.
Grind chicken with rice and peanuts through medium plate (4.5mm).
Add salt, coconut milk & green onions to mixture; mix well.
Add remaining ingredients & mix thoroughly until sticky paste is formed.
Stuff into casings; tie off into 4.0" links. Air dry until casing are dry to touch.
I sous vide mine to 150deg for 2hrs. Then brown before serving.
Tommyd I’m so doing that! I love Thai Peanut EVERYthing!
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It is good.
We like to serve a chub on a small bed of rice next to 4-5 bang bang shrimp.
Everyone loves it.
Jonathon Superbind came in just in time. Total meat weight is 11 pounds. How much should I mix in? Instructions on bag is a bizarre % which I don’t understand. Thanks.
@slotown Morning… The directions say, 3#'s binds 100 #'s of meat… Soooo, that’s 3% … As this is your first usage, I would recommend 2 1/2% so you can get a feel for the product… To figure out the 2 1/2% amount… 11#'s X 0.025 = 0.275#'s of Superbind… 0.275 X 16 oz/lb = 4.4 oz… 4.4 x 28.35 gms per ounce = 125 grams… If you switch to the metric system, things get easier, but you will need a grams scale… 11#'s x 454 = 4,994 grams or 5,000 grams is really close enough… then multiply 5,000 x 0.025 = 125 grams… A small grams scale can be had from Amazon… I recommend a 0-100 gram range for accurate cure weighing… about $12… I looked and didn’t see one available from Walton’s…
daveomak I go the metric route myself. I will do the calculations and write them on the packages as soon as I receive my order. It sure simplifies the process!