Looking forward to reading lots of good tips here!
Wichita Kansas here!
I have been grilling my whole life, in the last few years I have started getting into processing and smoking more.
My favorite snack stick seasoning is the BBQ/Habanero Summer Sausage/Snack Stick seasoning. It is amazing as a Summer Sausage too!! With Habanero in the title you might think it would be too hot, but its not, the sweetness from the BBQ balances it very well.
For Brats…its too hard to pick one, for pork/beef it is probably Habanero Mango or Cheeseburger Cheddarwurst. We also make a lot chicken Brats and for that the best one I have tried so far is the Raspberry Chipotle. However we are going to be doing some Hot Buffalo Wing Brats with Hit-Temp Blue Cheese once that comes in stock. I will definitely give everyone an update on how those turn out!
Also the patty mixes Roasted Garlic and Onion, Jalapeno and the Montreal mixes are all VERY good!
I have a Green Mountain Daniel Boone grill, using mostly Pecan and now Cherry Pellets.
@KSHusker First, yes they should be safe to eat. You cooked them to 160° which will kill anything harmful. Now, obviously use common sense and your senses, if it smells bad don’t eat it!
The first thing to know is if you used sure cure (or another version) or not? From the sounds of it, you did but I just want to make sure we are looking at all possibilities. Were the butts untrimmed? If they had a nice fat cap on them then you should have been okay, I still like to use a little more fat than that but you should have been in the realm. How did you mix it, was it by hand? If you mixed for 30 minutes in a meat mixer that is a long time to be mixing it (I don’t think this was your issue, just pointing it out). Starting at 200 is a little high but it also sounds like it came down to 180° pretty quickly but this would be my thought on why the casing stuck, cooking too high can cause this.
For the color, the only thing I can think of (if you used a cure) is that it looks pinker around the edges because you got a nice smoke ring around it? How deep does the nice pink color go and what type of casing did you use? With wild game, I always use some sort of cure accelerator, either Encapsulated Citric Acid, Smoked Meat Stabilizer or something, it helps burn the color more and then you can skip holding it overnight and go right from stuffing to the smokehouse.
Anyone else have thoughts?