Seasoning Size and Types of Fat
Weekly Blog Post - Seasoning Size and Types of Fat
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?
Bone Marrow! Will it BBQ?! - The meatgistics User Denny recently posted a question about how much bone marrow should be added to a burger per lb. Well, I had never done anything with bone marrow before so I decided to grab some and check out the process.
What Projects are we looking ahead at?
I am going through all of our shakers and listing the particle size of each shaker on the website. This was in response to @21cedar asking what shakers would be good to use with snacks. The particle size will matter for this when trying to pick one to use for seasoning certain snacks. For example, when I smoke Cashews or Almonds the Salt and Vinegar works better than the Ultimate Steak and Roast Rub as the seasoning can stick to the nuts as it is smaller. This should be done sometime near the end of this week.
Other than that, Meatgistics University is still our main focus! We have completed Fresh Sausage and Cured Sausage and I really hope this new format helps people! All of the 101, 102, 103, etc. classes might be a little elementary for most of Meatgistics users but you still might pick up some good information and we need to get these early classes done so we can get into more complex classes.
What’s on our Mind?
I was talking to @Michael-Wright recently and he wanted to know about using Beef Fat instead of Pork Fat when making o a venison based (or other lean meat) sausage product. I’ve made beef brats in the past and there is a difference in the taste and texture when using beef, this is, in large part, due to the differences between pork fat and beef fat. Pork fat has a creamier texture to it and is, in general, a superior fat to use.
However, beef fat will work and would be used in the same proportions as pork fat, so, if you have a recipe that calls for 18 lb of venison and 7 b of pork fat, you can use 7 lb of beef fat in place of that. Lots of people avoid pork fat for health or religious purposes so I went through all the recipes on https://meatgistics.waltonsinc.com/category/16/how-to-make-meat-recipes and added beef fat as an option!
Oh, one other thing, we recently had a customer come through our retail store and he had some Lebanon Bologna that a customer made. He used Sure Gel and added some red pepper flakes and it was phenomenal! Definitely some of, maybe even the best product I have had from a customer since I have been here, so whoever you were if you see this let me know so I can give you credit!
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Thanks for the info on using beef fat in place of pork. Whenever I harvest a deer I do make a lot of sausage and never thought of using beef fat. It’s really good and will give it a try. Hopefully I will remember to post my results.
Last night I went through the cleaning procedure and I couldn’t be happier with the ease of the process. Remove grates, scrape the heat shield with a metal spatula and vacuum the ashes and debris underneath. It only took a few minutes and there was an astonishingly small amount of ash. After two weeks of almost daily grilling and going through 20 lbs or more of pellets the total accumulation was around one cup of ash. The pellets burn so efficiently that there is little to no residual.
@Jonathon I have used them many times and I’ve always noticed a distinct cedar character although that depends on the temps you are cooking at. To get the most of it I will soak in water for a bit and cook over pretty high temps…the wood should scorch and smolder a little bit. I’ve had a few catch on fire. lol.
When it came to cooking on the Pit Boss I wanted as low and slow as I could get away with. Due to the the size of the fish I figured the cedar would shield against any hot spots I might have and slow down the cooking process as much as possible. I doubt there was much if any of the cedar that was picked up by the salmon although I didn’t eat much of the side that was resting on the plank. The pellets I was using were apple.
@Joe-Hell Do you often cook on planks? I have tried it a time or two and never noticed a difference. Is it only supposed to be used for heat shielding?