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junglejim23 last edited by
@austin My name is Ben Nugent wanted to say hello And thank you all for answering my questions in the live stream yesterday. I am an assistant manager and Butcher at a natural grocery store specializing in organic and non GMO foods. I have been a Hunter and outdoorsman for many years and enjoying making sausages and meat snacks as well as hams,bacon, and other charcuterie. I live in Billings Montana and look forward to all the going on here
@junglejim23 We are glad you enjoyed the livestream and we’re always happy to answer questions! Welcome to the community and hopefully you get some value, fun, and enjoyment out of it!
Minnesotameat last edited by
Eric here, from Campbell Minnesota. Been smoking stuff for about 15 years? I have been processing my own venison for the last 4 years, summer sausage and jerky mostly but always want to try something new. Favorite meat snack is maple habenero snack sticks or pepper jerky or Brisket! I currently own a Smoke Daddy 1190 pellet pro, i plan on building a vertical smoker out of a old fridge i have stripped down. also own a blackstone flat top griddle. Thanks!
@Minnesotameat Glad to have you on the board! Good luck with creating that smoker, old refrigerators are a great base for making smokers as the insulation helps you hold a nice steady temperature for long periods of time. We’ve got a great community here so feel free to chime in with your thoughts on things and ask any questions you might have!
meateater last edited by
Currently living in Il. Moving, hopefully to Mo next year. Just love smoking meat of all kinds. Currently using a Bradley smoker, Cabelas 1 hp grinder. Cabelas commerical dehydrator for jerky and vegetables out of my garden. Today I am making venison sausage, black pepper is one. The other is jalapeno venison sausage. Love both,they don’t last too long around my house.
mtnjim last edited by
Gathering ingredients and tools for a killer batch of whitetail venison sticks!
Got the spices, hi temp cheese, binder, casings, etc. from you guys.
Have my own small meat grinder, just got a 20 lb. mixer today, borrowing a stuffer from my nephew, and found a guy in the 'hood willing to lend me his electric smoker!
Gonna do half Willie’s, half habanero spice mix…with the ghost pepper hi temp cheese.
Oh, living in Estes Park Colorado and just brought back venison from 2 Michigan deer :-).
Tim71 last edited by
I live in Mary Esther, Florida.
I have been playing with sausage for awhile now. My oldest brother got me interested and we often share ideas. Unfortunately my brother and I live on opposite sides of the country so can only share by phone but, we have had some long conversations trading ideas.
I have an electric smoker and love to smoke pork butts. My electric smoker does not give as good a smoke as a stick fired smoker but it still gives good flavor and could not be easier to use.
What I love about making my own sausage the variety of tastes you can get and the quality of the sausage itself. For me many of the readily available commercial products have a sameness of taste and texture (there are some exceptions that are very good). When you make your own, you have control over the flavor and the texture.
@tim71 Adding to the end of what you were saying, I love the sense of pride you get when someone tries something you have made and is blown away by it! It might be vain but I don’t care, I love having someone ask something like “where can I buy these?” and you let them know you made it! Welcome to the board!
sgeisz last edited by
Hey Waltons gang! Love everything about your company. I have been smoking meat and competing in BBQ for the last 21 years and have started really getting into making my own sausage, sticks and brats as well. Especially during deer season. I am from Peosta, IA. Been purchasing Walton’s products for years and glad to be on board with the blogging.
@sgeisz Glad to have you on the board! Always nice to have a competitor on the board!
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Gumbo hear, aka Emoneyblue
Im now located in Chandler AZ. My wife and I own a Creole Cajun Resturant and bar. Im the owner and Chef at that location. we own a commercial 200 SC southern pride smoker and a 55 gallon barrow smoker that I use for my smoked meats. My most favorite flavor of seasoning is my in-house Creole/Cajun spice. I also make all of our sausages for the restaurant like smoked Andouille, Texas Red Hots, Tasso, Sweet/Hot Italian and snack sticks etc. I have a #50 hydro stuffer and a 132 lbs meat mixer and a commercial grinder to make quick work of getting that meat ground quickly. At home I have all the home basic equipment that I started with… Just cant seem to get to give it up because I can make smaller batches and not have to worry about moving or cleaning the BIG stuff. Enough about me, I just love all the advice and recipes you all are sharing hear so thank you in advance. Looking forward to meeting new friends. E$
Ellis last edited by
Ellis from wv.how much eca do you use for 4lbs meat.
@Ellis We have an Additive Chart has additives broken down into 1 and 5 lb batches. You’d use .32 of an oz for 4 lb. We also have it broken down by volume on that chart. I still think weighing is the best way to go but if you don’t have a scale that will measure less than a lb the volume amounts can be helpful.
DavidS last edited by
@austin Saying Hi from Salt Lake City. I’m an old stick burner that converted to a pellet smoker, I use a Traeger Timberline1300. I enjoy making Brats, snack sticks, summer sausage and salami. Want get better, learn more and make new products.
@davids Glad to have you on-board! We hope to see you around the forums, and definitely get a post out in the Meat Processing section if you need any help at all making something new. There is lots of great advice here from both our Meatgistics crew and the rest of the community members!
Christian Beckman last edited by
Chris from Minnesota
@papasop I have a response from the manufacturer…
They said that they designed the mixer in a way that it would not need to run in reverse for a long time. It should mix efficiently enough in one direction and it was designed to mix in just 1 direction. So, using the grinder in any scenario (grinding or mixing) you should limit the reverse time to approximately 5 seconds at one time.
My own opinion on the mixing is that I wouldn’t mix in just 1 direction though. I think there is still a benefit to going in reverse, even if temporarily, so I think my course of action for the future will probably be to mix 90% of the time in 1 direction, but still do the reverse in the 5 second interval. Probably something like 30 to 60 seconds forward, 5 seconds backward, then another 30 to 60 forward, etc… I think that would get enough benefit of a direction mix cycle, but still limit the reverse action as much as possible.
@jonathon Moscow Mules!! I’m sold. Will It BBQ is on the way soon for sure!
@alan Lol, I’m an idiot, just the other day I said that I am fully capable of thinking one thing and typing something else! Getting information from an old timer is usually a great way to go! Glad you got it worked out though! Send pictures of them!
@Danbow Back when I was in customer service I know I talked to someone who either said his wife did it exactly how you are explaining it or I talked to the woman who did it, I wonder if I was talking to either you or your wife?!
Wrapping it in foil would keep more moisture in the product, same basic process that some people do when they are smoking ribs. I can absolutely see how this would work and I think the way she is doing it, without a casing, would be more effective when wrapping it in foil. I don’t think you’ll ever convert me from using a casing but we might be making some updates here and when we do I might have access to an oven and will give this a try!
Lol, no rice in Andoullie. You are thinking of Boudin.
I spoke to an Old Timer Cajun down here and he said, after you cure your meat for 24 hours, spray and moisten the meat just before stuffing it. If the stuffing is too dry, the meat will shrink when smoked and it will make voids between the stuffing and casing.
The recipe I use is hundred plus years ago and I added some modern safeguards and seasonings. By the way, I use Boston Butt & Cushion Meat, in lieu of the hogs head and neck.
The Smoke Houses are selling it for over $10 a pound here and I can make it for $1.30.
LaPlace, LA is, The Andoullie Capital of the World!
@jonathon Thank you for your quick and detailed response. It is greatly appreciated. Just another reason why Walton’s is the best. For some reason, I thought that you needed to soak the collagen before loading it on the stuffing horn. Thanks for the correction there.