A lot of you guys may have seen me before on WaltonsTV. I’ve been working at Walton’s for 10 years now and have been involved in various roles at the company. Right now, I’m the host of WaltonsTV and Meatgistics, plus the Retail Products Manager. I cannot wait to interact with everyone about everything from sausage and jerky making to smoking, grilling, hunting, and more!
Favorite Meat Snacks
Either Snack Sticks or Bratwursts. If I was forced to choose between one of them…I’d choose both!
Jim Bowie Green Mountain Pellet Grill
I’ve found this to be the easiest way to grill or smoke on the same unit, while remaining quick and easy. I’m a lazy cook, so having real wood flavor with digital temp controls is right up my alley.
Mid to High
I’ve made countless pounds of sausage and jerky and my job is all about supplying meat processing supplies and equipment. I love everything related to meat processing, smoking, and grilling.
My Favorite Walton’s Stuff
Brats - Blue Ribbon Bratwurst Seasoning - Hands down my favorite brat seasoning, and it’s Walton’s #1 seller
Snack sticks - Bloody Mary Snack Stick Seasoning - A very new flavor that we just recently started selling, but this has quickly become my favorite snack stick
Dry Marinade - Cyclops Greek Marinade - Perfect for making a juicy grilled chicken breast
Seasoning Shaker - Sundried Tomato Basil - I’ll put this on about anything, but it’s particularly good to add some flavor and flare to pizza
Equipment - Walton’s 11lb Sausage Stuffer - Just an all around great piece of equipment and perfect for smaller batches of sausage and I have been using this more than our larger hydraulic stuffer just for the size convenience
BBQ Accessory - Non-Stick Grilling Basket - A must have that I use all the time for grilling
Apparel - Walton’s Orange Hat - Love wearing this hat, and you won’t ever see me without it
I believe the recommended curing time is 12 hours but can I go less than that? I was expecting my order to be here tonight and it won’t be here till tomorrow morning now.
I was going to mix up my batch of jerky tonight but will have to do it tomorrow on my lunch break. Just wondering if tomorrow evening would be long enough to let the meat cure.
Your recipe calls for 1. Sure Cure, 2. Sure Gel Meat Binder, and 3. Smoked Meat Stabilizer. I have all but the Sure Gel Meat Binder. Can I get by without using this? Second question- Is Excalibur’s Cure Excellerator the same as Sure Cure?
@andyman Great question, Carrot Fiber holds up to 26 times its weight in water, and while the 80 oz is still well inside that I have never done that before. I max out (even with Carrot Fiber) at 64 oz which is 2 qts. My only fear with doing 80 is that it might take a lot longer to cook as it will have more water content that will be trying to evaporate. Most of that water should be bound up in the carrot fiber though so it wouldn’t really be available to be cooked out. Hmmm, my recommendation, to be safe is to stick with 64 oz of water.
Now, as to should you add more seasoning, some people will taste the difference if you did not add additional seasonings and some (most) will not. Your water and your seasoning is technically part of your meat block (anyone who is reading this who doesn’t consider this don’t worry!) so adjusting your meat block to include your water is sometimes done. If you do decide to add more spices or seasonings I would add aromatics and things like Rosemary and Basil, don’t add more salt as that is formulated specifically for the meat block.
Hope this helps and if you do decide to go with 80 oz of water then I would be very interested in the results!
i use denuded round. higher cost, less waste, cleaner eating
@jonathon I enjoyed this line of questions and comments, it made me think. Here is my related question: Assume I use 25 lbs. of meat to make summer sausage and add one package, 4 oz., of Carrot Fiber and 80 oz. of water. The ratio is 20 times the weight of water to the weight of CF. In other words, I am adding 5 lbs. 4 oz. of water/CF paste to my meat dough. Should I adjust the amount of salt and spices, I add to the dough? I am concerned that the flavor will be weaker if I don’t add spices for the new total, 30 lbs. curious as to what y’all thinking.