Try these new spirit based seasoning!!!!
Excalibur’s new spirited seasoning line is finally available for purchase on-line! They have combined some of our favorite spirits with some bold and interesting ingredients to create seasonings like you have never had before!
Sriracha Ginger Beer Authentic Thailand Flavors of Sriracha and Ginger bring your taste buds to life with some good background heat and it follows through with subtle notes of lemon ginger. Basically it is combining the Moscow Mule craze with the Sriracha obsession! This is also one of the stronger Sriracha flavors from Excalibur, I made some chicken on the grill with it and it was out of this world!
Blackberry Orange Gin Melange Give your meat a nice layer of flavor with deep notes of blackberry and the sweet essence of orange. It will remind you of a nice splash of cointreau with the juniper of gin! This is quickly becoming a favorite around here and you have to try it with pork!
Maple Leaf Whiskey This is a full bodied rub with the essense of oak barrel aged whiskey! Subtle hints of fruit and rosemary make this a very versatile little rub!
Fig and Spiced Run CocktailA good book, a good brandy and Fig and Spiced rum cocktail, all things that can be enjoyed in front of a nice cozy fire! This is perfect for a roast or any open flame cooking you might be doing…you should probably do that outside!
Sriracha Ginger Beer
Blackberry Orange Gin Melange
Maple Leaf Whiskey
Fig and Spiced Run Cocktail
Just an FYI, everybody that received snack sticks for Christmas last year loved them… I just ordered another batch of Willie’s Snack Stick spice blend to do it again this year!
Jonathon, I have to agree that 275 is too hot… If you have the time I’d shoot for 225, but if it needs to be “done”, then 250 would be the max I would do…
I have always filled the water pan for everything I smoke… 2 reasons, first it does tend to add moisture during the long cook thus keeping the bark from turning to shoe leather… and second because the water pan acts as a heat sink and helps maintain the temperature (in my vertical propane smoker) a bit more accurately… I’ve heard folks tout using apple juice in the water pan to impart a sweeter flavor, but I’ve never tried it…
On the other hand, my dad smoked for years, mostly in a converted fridge with an electric hotplate in the bottom… he never used a water pan and never had an issue with dry meat…
As for the type of wood to use, that’s just a trial and error, personal preference thing… I happen to like steaks cooked with oak… that may be too strong a flavor for your taste (my GF hates it)… Recently I have been using a lot of maple for NC bbq, chicken and even cheese… I like the maple for the meats, but next batch of cheese will go back to the hickory / cherry mix that I was using…
I followed the instructions on the video. It may have something to do with the sausage not getting as firm as it should. I used the cotto salami on duck breast with pork fat. It sure tastes good. But it’s a little soft.
I’ve done a lot both ways. I would highly recommend a stuffer and I have the Weston grinder with the auger stuffing attachment. It’s slow, but if you’re doing 5# or 10# batches, it’s not that bad. I’ve had small 5# stuffer, old school cast iron Enterprise, 11# vertical and now a 35# hydraulic. Don’t get me wrong I wouldn’t trade the hydraulic but the 11# vertical I got on amazon had a lot of versatility. I think your bigger decision should be what type of stuffer should I buy. I would recommend the taller, smaller diameter instead of the large shorter one. The smaller diameter allow for a higher pressure for doing sticks with cure in them. The large short ones would be great for doing pork sausage or larger diameter casings, not 19-22mm sticks with cure. It would be fine as long as you’re doing fresh like breakfast or something like that. If you go the stuffer route I’d get it from Waltons and get the Weston-they stock parts, other no name from amazon is a one shot deal, once ours broke couldn’t find parts. Plus they have so many tube sizes now and Walton’s does a great job helping with casing and stuffing horn sizes, they carry them all.
I purchased a stuffer off Amazon for under $100 and would never go back to using the grinder. With the grinder, it was always a two man job and took forever. The stuffer is much faster and have no problems doing it all by myself. Plus with a hand crank stuffer, no electricity usage and wear and tear on your grinder.
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