August Giveaway and Pairing Cheese With Meats
Weekly Blog Post - August Giveaway and Pairing Cheese With Meats
Find out what's going on at Walton's and Meatgistics this week. We will have a loose schedule for soon to be released videos, what we are working on long term and maybe a few quick tips and tricks that are on our mind!
What Videos are being released soon?
August 2018 Giveaway and Sales - I won’t giveaway (haha) any spoilers here but for anyone looking to get into or improve your homemade fresh sausage making you will absolutely want to try to win this giveaway! The video will come out tomorrow morning and will list our awesome giveaway and our sales, which this month include some nice pieces of equipment for home processors and smaller commercial processors.
Pairing Cheese With Meat Products - Adding Hi-Temp Cheese to your Summer Sausage, Snack Stick, Bratwurst or other meat snack is a great way to add some extra taste to your meat. However, how do you choose the best or most interesting cheese for your seasoning? We have a video coming out that will list some of the best combinations for each cheese and some really interesting pairings.
What Projects are we looking ahead at?
I am going to play around with some Ahi Tuna and making Jerky out of it. I saw an add the other day for some Tuna Jerky and I had honestly never thought of making jerky from any fish but it was interesting enough to make me want to try it. I am going to do a few small pieces in a few different seasonings. I am thinking Habanero Lime for sure and maybe Teriyaki Jerky. If anyone has a good suggestion I’d love to hear it!
What’s on our Mind?
I think marinating ribs and using the 3-2-1 method (three hours at 220° unwrapped, then 2 hours wrapped and then 1 hour unwrapped) is my favorite way to make ribs. I marinate them in Pa’s Black Bull the night before, it contains phosphates so it will pick up more of the marinade, then I rub them with my favorite seasoning and put them on for 3 hours with the bone side down. Then I pull them off, put a bunch of butter and brown sugar in foil and wrap them and put them meat side down for 2 hours, this allows the meat to cook in the butter and sugar. Then I pull them and put them on for another hour or 45 minutes to let them crisp back up. If anyone wants a sauce with it they can add it after though I will glare at them while they eat as my ribs don’t need a suace. I’m not angry at them for doing it, I’m just disappointed!
Weston Meat Tenderizer/Slicer works great as both a tenderizer and a slicer. It’s a great way to slice meat for fajitas or for whole muscle jerky and it is great way to tenderize a tough piece of meat for cooking! It has clamps to lock down onto your table to keep it from rocking while you are using it and it disassembles for easy cleaning!
Pro Smoker PK-100 Smokehouse
General Tso Marinade
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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